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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A bit of a roller coaster...

We have had a bit of a roller coaster ride fishing this past week. Some days the perch are on and other days they like to look. Weather has been up and down as well which can definitely change their mood. Most productive depths have been 20-32 ft of water. Seems like smaller buckshots, halis, and dropper rigs tipped with smaller hooks or tungsten jigs. When the bite gets lighter it is crucial to use finesse and really pay attention to your rod, the slightest movement on your rod tip and you should set the hook. We have caught some dandy perch with smaller ones mixed in as well.

Walleye action has been the best in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Our most consistent bite has been in shallower water (6-10 ft). Buckshots, sonars, and jigging raps have all produced for us.

Pike have been very active in Pelican and the northwest corner of Devils Lake. Work the edges of weed lines, flooded points, and roads to hold a lot of fish. Tip ups or jigging with aggressive lures has been very good this winter.

Ice conditions are overall very good. Ice thickness varies from 15-30 inches. The northwest corner of the lake has a lot more snow on it than the eastern portion of Devils Lake. Tracks are a must out west; however, there are some areas of the main and eastern parts of Devils Lake where you can drive trucks.

Good luck to all!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Devils Lake Report

Merry Christmas to All!!

Ice conditions update...Devils Lake built a solid layer of ice during the recent cold snap!! Expect to find 6-18 inches of ice on the lake. We strongly suggest lighter transportation such as: 4 wheeler, snowcat, UTV, or Snobear for your travels around the lake. Some people have been out in vehicles already; however, we do not recommend this. Look for best ice in the back bays/shallower areas of the lake. Main lake/deeper water areas will have the least amount of ice so use caution in these places. As ice continues to grow and expand, look for ridges and cracks to form, ALWAYS be very careful in these areas.

As for the bite...it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some of the shallower bays are pretty stirred up from stronger winds that we had right before freeze up. This makes the bite trickier as walleye, perch, and pike as they have a more difficult time seeing your bait. The shallower bays should heat up as water clarity improves!
We have had some perch luck on the big lake and our guides are out looking and searching every hump, point, flat, weed line, rock pile, etc. out there! We will find them!! As always, make sure to have your Ion charged or auger full of gas, as the name of the game is drilling and persistence!

We really get going right after Christmas! We have a very busy winter coming. If you are looking to get out and experience Devils Lake this winter, give us a call and we will see if we can make it work!!

Have a great Christmas everyone!!

Bry's Guide Service

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's all about the weather...

It's that time or year where is seems like it is either  'feast or famine' with the weather, meaning that you could have calm winds and temps in the 50-60 degrees or it could be in the 20-30 degrees with gale force winds which make fishing nearly impossible. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you look ahead at the forecast and plan accordingly. The nice aspect of brutal weather is that the duck and goose hunting is usually at it's best during it.

As for the bite, not a lot has changed in Devils Lake. Best areas to fish include the current areas: 20, 57, Rutten and Mauvee bridges. Using jigging presentations such as: jigging raps, jig/plastic combos, and live bait such as minnow and leeches. When the bite slows in the current areas, we have worked adjacent areas where fish will often slide to when they are not in the current. Also, work areas that are a bit deeper, or even a mile or two down from the current. Best presentations to use when "searching" for pockets are: trolling cranks or pulling live bait rigs such as bottom bouncers and spinners. Other areas to try include: deep rock humps and points. Some days we are finding active fish on the tops of these humps and other days when are finding them on the edges.
Very important to find the active pocket, once you do the schools are usually active. We have caught some of the largest and fattest fish of the season of late.

Good luck to all!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our favorite time of the year...

So many options out there right now! The days are getting shorter and the leaves are starting to turn and fall. The air is crisp and fresh. Such a special time of year!
As for the fishing, we are catching fish in or near the current most days. Seems like some days they want aggressive jigging raps while other days they prefer live bait rigs such as lindy rigs or bottom bouncers and spinners. Best depths around the current is 18-26 ft. We have also caught some dandy perch and pike in the current as well.
Other areas that have produced as well are humps or points that have deeper water close. Fish are holding in the20-30 ft most days, with the key being to find the pocket on each point or hump.
We have also had some good bites in shallower water; however, weather needs to be stable for the shallower bite as major winds tend to stir up the shallows and slow the bite for a few days when this happens.
As we continue into fall look for some of the best action for true trophy walleyes and pike to occur. Seems like the later we get the more aggressive they get!
Good luck to all!! Give us a call and we will get you out there!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall is in the air...

What a quick summer it has been! All of the guides at  Bry's Guide Service would like to thank all of our wonderful clients this summer. Plenty of laughter, fun, and great memories were made! 
As we begin to enter fall...look for the bite  to continue to be productive. Patterns and locations may change a bit, but the thump from those walleyes will continue! In fact, look for some of our nicest fish of the year to be caught in the next two months. 
Seems like there's to many options with to little time during the fall. A really fun option for our clients is to hunt the morning and fish the afternoon (cast and blast), as we refer to it. If you are looking for another great experience on Devils Lake, give us a call or email and we will make it happen! It truly is an amazing time of year.

Mark Bry

Monday, August 15, 2016

Persistence is the key...

The bite continues to be very on Devils Lake North Dakota. It seems like every day is a bit different as far as the location of fish. Some days there as shallow is 4 feet and other days there as deep as 30 feet. Without a doubt the most important thing to do on Devils Lake, North Dakota right now is to cover water and keep working till you find that active pocket. Trolling crank baits pulling bottom bouncers and spinners are great ways to cover water and  find those pockets. Some of our best colors for crank baits have been perch, fire tiger, and pink and purple. For spinners a hammered gold, silver, pink, and chartreuse have been very good.
As the days of summer start to get numbered, don't forget that we still have fantastic fishing in the fall on Devils Lake with the chances for nicer fish always present. Often, as we enter fall we catch some of our largest fish of the year.
If you'd like to have a fantastic fishing experience please contact us at 701-739-0161 or email us at brysguideservice@gmail.com

Good luck to all!
Mark Bry

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dog days equal hot fishing on Devils Lake!!

The walleyes on Devils Lake are really on the feed of late. There are many class sizes of fish being caught on the lake right now, and it is very probable to catch a limit of 15-20 inch walleyes. During this time of year there are many areas of the lake where there is a lot of bait (shrimp, minnows, young of the year fish, bug hatches, etc). So cover water until you locate the active pocket of feeding fish. The old shoreline has been very good (22-26ft) and we have also had great action fishing in shallower areas (10-18ft).
Seems like everyday the bite is a bit different, so just cover water until you find them.
Best presentations have been bottom bouncers and spinners tipped with a crawler, vertical jigging with a crawler, or trolling cranks. Use hammered gold, silver, pink, or chartreuse spinners or jigs for colors.
Pike action is spotty but we are catching a few in with the walleyes. Bass fishing is good in shallow along rip rap or along weed lines.
As summer starts to drift away, make sure to get out and enjoy the great weather and action!!
Mark Bry