What a great month of fishing it has been. Practically every presentation imaginable has been working as of late. Whether it is lindy rigs, slip bobbers, jigging, pulling spinners or pulling cranks, they have all been very effective when targeting walleye and northern pike. The fishing techniques our guides from Mitchell’s Guide Service have been utilizing the most is trolling spinners connected to bottom bouncers. When using this method, baiting the hook with half a night crawler, a leech, or plastics such as Northland Impulse and Berkley Gulp! have all worked well. Depths for this method has continued to range from 7 to 12 feet, with some people going past 15 feet. The best speed to troll spinners is 1.2 to 1.5 mph. Trolling Crankbaits such as Rapala and Salmo hornets have also been producing a lot of nice fish. Running crankbait at 2.3 to 2.5 mph in depths of 7 to 12 feet of water has been the key.
Areas to target on Devils Lake include flooded roads such as the Old Minnewaukan Road (Golden Highway), and roads in New Mill Bay and Six Mile Bay to name a few. The edges of weed beds are another great place to target as well as flooded timber. The north end of Six Mile bay, Doc Hagens, and New Mill Bay all have excellent weed beds to target. Trolling along Highways 20 and 57 are also a good place to target.
Some of the hottest fishing of the year is going on right now on Devils Lake. We still have some dates with Mitchell’s Guide Service available for the last few days of July and into August if you want to get out and experience some great action. Whether you are an experienced fisherman looking to land a trophy of a life time, or just looking to take your family on an excellent fishing experience, now is the time to book your trip.
We have all of the tackle mentioned above along with some of the hottest colors that have been working well at the Woodland Resort bait shop.
We have many great dates open in August and September, so let one of our 11 guides take you out and experience some of the Midwest’s best walleye fishing this season with Mitchell’s Guide Service. Call our office at 701-662-6560 to make your reservations, or call Woodland Resort at 701-662-5996 book a lodging and fishing package to make your fishing experience as hassle free and productive as possible! Be sure to check out our websites and Facebook pages to keep up with the latest information.