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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Devils Lake bite...

The walleye bite has been strong in the shallow waters of Devils Lake! We are finding most of our fish along the lines in 4-9 feet of water.
Buckshot's, slender spoons, jigging raps, and a bobber and a minnow have all produced fish. 
Perch fishing has been a bit spotty, as it is difficult to get to some of the best perch areas. We have found some fish in shallow back bays and we are hoping to get a bit better ice over the next week to allow us to venture out more.

Ice conditions vary from 4-12 inches in most places, no trucks should be on the lake. Snowcats, four wheelers, tracked machines will work in most places. Please use caution! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ice has begun...

We do have ice starting in Devils Lake!! Some of the back bays have 3-6 inches in places. The main lake is still open in many areas, overall, we still have a ways to go!!

Let's hope for some cold nights to get this ice sheet solid!! Make sure to stop in and see us at the St. Paul Ice Show this weekend!! 
We are excited for the upcoming ice season, lots of options this year!!

Snobears, Dak Shacks, Eskimo Portable Houses, Spearing, are all possibilities with us! Awesome lodging at The Fish Rehab or Ackerman Acres. Ty's Lodge for food/adult beverages and socializing after a day on the frozen pond!!
Give us an email or call and we will make it happen!!


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bridges are producing...

October has been a beautiful month so far in Devils Lake! We have had a bit of wind, but the temps have been great! 
Seems like the most consistent bite these days is in or near current areas. We have fished all the bridges on the lake and they have all produced fish. Most days, it is best to fish given early or later in the day.
Best presentations have been vertical jogging with live bait, working jigging raps, or bulling bottom bouncers and spinners. Most days the best bite is in that 18-24 depths. We have also had some success trolling cranks on deeper humps,roads,and the old shoreline.
Days in a boat are going to start getting numbered, so make sure you get out soon if your planning another trip on Devils Lake!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A bit up and down...

We have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this past week on Devils Lake. Weather has been all over and some of the days have been brutally windy.
Fish are still going, just getting consistent nice fall weather is the biggest factor.
We have caught more fish deep than shallow, in fact, most of our fish are coming in 18-30 feet still. Bridges have been good at times and only fair other times. Our nicest fish seem to be in the 7-12 foot range. 

As we continue into fall, expect to find some larger fish getting more active. This is usually the best time of year for trophy fish!

Good luck to all!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Transition time is occurring in Devils Lake!!

As we get farther into fall, we are starting to see some changes. Fish are really all over. As always, it is all about bait. Seems like the areas on the lake that hold the most bait are the deeper rocks (flooded roads, rock piles, and the old shorelines). There are fish in shallow as well. We tend to work the weed lines in shallower (8-12ft). The bridges have also been pretty good. Best bite is usually in the early morning or the evening. Vertical jigging has been the best presentation at or near the bridges. Look for the bridge bite to get better and better as we continue into fall.
So....work deeper rocks or shallower weeds. Seems like the fish have really transitioned to these two locations. If you aren't getting the results you want in these locations, work the bridges!

To cover water efficiently and quickly, either troll cranks or pull bottom bouncers and spinners. There are fish in the shallows and deep, so don't be afraid to work both areas. Lastly, with all the young of the year bait in the lake, really watch your electronics. Often you will find large schools of bait on you depth finder, remember that walleyes, perch, and pike are not far away from the bait!!

Good luck to all anglers and all the teams in the tournament!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall is in the air!!!!

Our favorite time of year is upon us!!!
So much to do so little time...Options for days...Devils Lake in the fall is a magical place that every outdoorsman should experience. Ducks/geese, diving in on the newly cut fields of grain. Grouse hunting, dove hunting, and of course white tail deer hunting!! Exciting time of year for sure!!
Oh yes, fishing too!! And as far as that goes it has been fantastic!! We are catching fish using just about all methods  these days, but the best bite had been with a bottom bouncer and spinner. Seems like 7-12 ft has been good for the shallower fish and 22-32 has been good for the deeper fish. Look for the bridges to get better and better as we continue into fall. Also, when the frogs find their way back into the lake, look for the bigger eyes to attack the shallows.
Good luck to all!! Enjoy this special time!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Labor Day weekend equals OPTIONS...

Its that special time of year in again in North Dakota! Harvest, fishing, hunting, and the beautiful fall colors!!
Kids are back in school and perhaps there is time for you and partner/friend(s) to head to Devils Lake to experience some fantastic walleye fishing.

We are still catching walleyes in shallow water along weed lines, seems like the weeds that have a transition from mud to rock hold the most bait, which equals the most walleyes. There are also a lot of walleyes being caught out deeper (25-32 ft.). Concentrate on these contours along the old shoreline, look for humps, rock piles, flooded roads, basically anything that has a depth change.
Bottom bouncers and spinners allow you to cover a variety of depths quickly. By far, this is the easiest way to fish on the lake right now; however, vertical jigging, and trolling cranks has also produced some great numbers of fish.

More fish will be showing up in or near the current areas (bridges). A popular presentation is to vertical jig or to slip bobber these areas. Don't forget that jigging raps can also be very deadly as we progress into fall. There are days that they really produce.

It's a special time of year...let us know if you need a fishing trip, lodging, or a point in the right direction.

Good luck to all!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Bite Continues On.....

We are beginning to sound like a broken record, but the reality is that Devils Lake has been fantastic all summer and right now is no exception. We are catching walleyes, pike, bass, and a few perch. Most days we are working weed lines or rock piles. Seems like a lot of minnows and bait are located in or near the rocks right now, which equals walleyes! Look for the shallower bite to continue to get better and better as fall approaches. If this fall is anything like last, look for some monster walleyes to be caught along with a lot of nice eating sized fish as well. All the guides at Bry's Guide Service are so excited to get on the water each day. We have some of the nicest clients that come to us from all over the United States. It is so much fun to get people into awesome fishing. If you would like to make a fall trip happen, shoot us an email or give us a call. Good luck to all.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The weather and bite are HOT!!

We are experiencing done if the warmest weather of the year in Devils Lake this week and the bite hasn't declined a bit, in fact, it might be better this week than last week.
What we are doing...as always we are covering water. The two most productive ways to do this is to troll cranks or pull bottom bouncers and spinners. A third of a crawler has been the best by far for live bait. Blade color doesn't seem to matter.
Number 5 Salmo Hornets gace dive well as have number 5 and 7 Berkley Flickershads.
Flooded points, humps, roads, and the old shoreline has been the best. Wirk 10-25 feet off water and get ready!
We are seeing a lot of 12-16 inch fish, please remember to handle the smaller fish with care as they are our future!!
Good luck to all!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The bite continues...

Cover water...we have caught fish in 10-30 feet of water. Seems like it really can change from day to day. We are trolling cranks and or bottom bouncers with spinners. Plastics,crawlers,leeches, and minnows are all working. Cranks have also done well trolled between 2-3 mph.
We have caught some monster pike of late, jumbo perch, and white bass. It's fun when you catch the variety pack out there.
Summer is starting to slide so make sure to get out and enjoy the excellent fishing that the Devils Lake basin is providing!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The bite continues...

Cover water...we have caught fish in 10-30 feet of water. Seems like it really can change from day to day. We are trolling cranks and or bottom bouncers with spinners. Plastics,crawlers,leeches, and minnows are all working. Cranks have also done well trolled between 2-3 mph.
We have caught some monster pike of late, jumbo perch, and white bass. It's fun when you catch the variety pack out there.
Summer is starting to slide so make sure to get out and enjoy the excellent fishing that the Devils Lake basin is providing!!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's all about the pocket!

The old saying "90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water" is certainly holding true right now on Devils Lake.
Pockets can change from day to day so it's important to cover water.
Without a doubt pulling spinners has been our best method to put fish in the box. Best depths are 7-15 ft of water. Crawlers, leeches, and plastics on spinners are all producing.
Pike fishing is more spotty with the warmer water temps, but most pike are caught mixed in with the walleyes.
Bass have been in shallow along rock shorelines.
Good luck to all! Walleye fishing should continue to stay great and look for fish to keep sliding deeper as summer continues!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fun times....

The bite has been very good!
Best depths are 4-15 ft for walleyes.
Areas that have new weed growth are key. We are trolling cranks,bobbering,pitching jig plastic combos, or pulling spinners.
Crawlers have been the ticket for live bait!
We are seeing more and more algae bloom, which will help to dirty up bays and produce fish.

Pike are still good in the shallows. Pitching or trolling shorelines is the most productive for them.
Bass have been a bit spotty, but once you locate them, it's on!!
All in all life is good in Debils Lake these days!
Good Luck!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shallow water is here!!

The bite has been so much fun this past week!! We are catching fish in 1-5 pitching jig plastic combos and cranks. Also, slip bobbers with leeches have produced. The key is to find stained water, if it's clear water you won't get the results you want unless you have wind.
Live bait rigs have also produced some beautiful fish, work the 4-12 ft depths.
Pike fishing is insane in places and the white bass have been smacking on the rocks.
Bottom line, fish shallow, stained water and get ready!!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The bite continues...

Steady is the word for the bite these days..there are days where it is fast and furious and there are days where you need to search a bit. Cover water and cast away!! Best depths seem to be 2-8 ft of water. We are pitching cranks and jig/plastic combos. Seems like areas that have cattails are golden right now. Also, don't be afraid to try live bait via bobbers and live bait rigging.
Pike are insane in places, seems like they are best in pelican and west. Bass have been smacking in areas as well, just a matter of finding them. Rocks have been a good bet for the bass!!
Good luck to all! Summer is here!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cooler air temperatures have meant cooler water temperatures on Devils Lake. Water temperatures that were in the upper 50's are now in the lower 50's which has resulted in less active Eyes. Although I have been attempting to push the pitching bite in the back-water bays with some success, current areas are higher probability areas to focus on until the water temps increase. Leaches, minnows, J-Raps, and Blade Baits have been working in current areas with evenings being the best. Remember, just an increase of a couple degrees in water temperature may mean a limit or a goose egg this time of year. 

The Pike have been relentless in the backwater with pockets of White Bass being found in few areas as they have not finished 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Think shallow...

Water continues to warm and more and more fish are making their way into the back bays. Fish the warmest water you can find and you will get the best results.
Keys to look for: long shallow bays that have darker mud bottoms; also, look for areas with flooded trees or cattails. 

Some of the best fishing this time of year will take place on the afternoon after the water has had a chance to warm a few degrees. Areas that were "dead" in the morning may be "on fire" in the afternoon.

Jigs and plastics or cranks can be deadly and a great way to cover water. Don't be afraid to try live bait under bobbers or even rigging when you can find dirty enough water.
Good luck and remember "catch and release" on the bigger fish.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beautiful weather, fish are cooperating!

After a long winter it is so special to get out on the open water! Water is warming quickly and we are currently experiencing some walleye action in or near the current. Vertical jigging with a minnow or a jigging rap has produced some dandy eyes! There are some females in the current spawning and some have already spawned. There are more and more males showing up in the current areas the past few days. 
Look for the back bays to continue to warm and for post spawn Walleyes to be arriving very soon!
Pike are already there (in shallow). Pitching cranks/ jig plastic combos is a great way to cover water and find the active pockets!
As the spawn occurs/completes, please remember to practice "catch and release" on the nicer fish!
Good luck to all!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Open water time!!

Devils Lake is ice free! The lake is open and ready for fishing via boat.
As far as the bite goes....concentrate on current areas (either in or near) as the spawn is going on and will be for a few weeks. Once the spawn is complete look for shallow warm back water bays!!
We will keep you posted with the most accurate/current bite on Devils Lake each and every week!
Good luck and enjoy the open water!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Be careful...

Safety is the key in this weeks post! No fish is worth dropping in. I have had numerous people contact me about the safety of the ice on Devils Lake over the last week, the bottom line is it is sketchy.
We absolutely do not suggest driving a vehicle!!!!! Walking or in some areas atv's are fine, but could change very quickly.
The problem is that the ice is changing daily (for the worse) and you really have to take that into consideration when you go out.
The bite for Walleyes has been best the last two hours of the day. Pike fishing has been insanely good, using tip ups. Perch fishing we aren't totally sure on because we haven't been venturing as far out for them.
So if you do fish remember to have ice picks, fish with another person, avoid current areas and ridges.

Open water is near!!
Be safe!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Madness...

We have had some very good days of late!! The perch seem to be much more aggressive once we find them! The key is finding them...as mentioned in previous reports, cover new water. Seems like most people are fishing the same areas over and over. We have had our best luck fishing fresh fish in places we don't usually fish. The trickiest factor in catching perch is you must find the "spot on the spot", meaning drill lots of holes! There are days we catch limits out of a ten foot area.
Weather is looking great! This is our favorite time of year. Fishing outside, sunny/long days, makes for a lot of fun. It's also a lot easier to drill holes when it is nicer out.
As weather gets nicer, remember to use caution and be careful as a lot can change with ice quality quickly.
Good luck!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longer days, warmer weather coming...

We are quickly approaching one if our favorite times of year...SPRING FISHING!

Weather has been cold this past week which has limited our mobility a bit. We are very excited about warmer weather coming in the near future! Fishing outside and hole hopping is the norm many days in March.

Marking fish is not the problem, convincing them to bite can be tricky at times. Seems like there are flurries that happen each day, so always be ready because you never really know where or when it will happen.
If you've had a tough winter bite this is the time to get out and enjoy some traditionally great fishing and nice weather!

We have had fish shallow and deep, really hard to give a depth, rather, mix it up and try to cover it all as fish are always moving it seems.

Buckshots,Hali's,tungstens, flyers, and shiver minnows are all producing.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Roller coaster rides with the temperatures...

-30 one day and the next day 30 above...we have certainly seen some up and down weather of late. Obviously, stable weather is important in fishing. The crazy thing is that we are still catching some fish! There are days that are slower, but we have had some pretty good days mixed in too! Pike, walleyes, perch, and we even had a group catch a bunch of crappies!!
It is getting to be that time of year where the days are getting longer and the weather should start cooperating....so keep drilling and moving! Remember to use caution around current areas (culverts, bridges, etc).
Overall, life is good! Lastly, there is no magical secret spot right now, rather the key is to keep moving, trying different spots, depths, etc.
Avoid areas that have had a lot of people fishing them. Good luck!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Not much has changed....

We continue to work, drill holes, and cover water. Seems like we have to keep moving and mixing it up. One day we are shallow the next day we are deep. It also seems like the more we change it up, the better we do.
Most days we are fishing Walleyes early and late and perch during the middle of the day. We are starting to slide out a bit deeper to catch our perch (25-50 ft).
Compared to many other places around, Devils Lake is still fishing pretty well! 
As always, those who cover water and drill the most holes, will usually get the best results!
Probably the best report is to try to fish places that have had less people fishing on them. Look for areas that may hold "fresh fish", as they will be more aggressive!
Good luck!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

We keep drilling away!!

We believe in the saying "the harder you work the luckier you get"!! 

We have been fishing all over the Devils Lake basin and drilling lots and lots of holes and all the hard work is putting some big smiles on our clients faces!
We have caught perch in 4 ft of water all the way out to 50 ft...so the bottom line is that they can be anywhere at anytime, so cover different depths.
We have had some solid Walleyes bites early and late as well. Seems like the 10-18 ft range has been the ticket! 
Pike fishing continues to be fantastic, with many fish being caught in 4-8 ft of water.
Hali's, buckshots, tungstens, shiver minnows, and a minnow/hook bobber set-up has all produced. Be prepared to mix it up and figure out what they want. 
Overall, life is good! Weather has been good and travel on the lake is pretty easy, good luck to all!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Persistence is the key...

The bite seems to be picking up!! We are catching pike,walleyes,and perch. Seems like our locations,depths,and even presentations vary daily, but at the end of the day we are producing some respectable bags!
Walleyes have been caught most consistently in 8-25 ft of water, seems like early and mid afternoon are the best windows. Perch are kind of the wild card fish, with days where we catch good numbers of them and other days we just do so so. Overall, we are doing pretty well on perch through hard work and persistence. Pike fishing is phenomenal right now. We are catching them in  numbers and size. Water is clear so we have been sight fishing them and spearing some too.

Ice is still good, just use caution around current areas and breakers!!!!

Good luck to all in the tournament this weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Find the flurry...

The bite has been hit and miss. Seems like there are days that they will go and there are days they just look at your lure. Somewhat tricky to predict what causes aggressive fish one day and negative fish the next. 
We are constantly looking for the next flurry...Whether it be perch, walleye, or pike, our augers are getting quite the workouts.
Bites seem to vary a quite a bit as well. We have caught fish as shallow as 6 and as deep as 40. Seems like the walleye action is best in the 8-24 ft range  in the morning and afternoon and the perch action is best in 14-36 ft.
As far as lures go...buckshots, halis, tungsten jigs, forage minnows, and dropper rigs have all produced. More importantly than the lure is location, so cover water and find that active school!
Weather has been very pleasant! It is nice  to be able to fish outside in January and hole hop if you want!
Good luck to all!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fish are cooperating!!

We have had some excellent perch,pike,and walleye bites this past week!
Seems like we are constantly moving and working depths from 6-50 ft, but we are putting smiles on our clients faces!
Weather is finally warming up which is so needed! We will continue to search all the holes we can think of and even try a few random places here and there cause you never know where the next bite will produce....
What we know...perch bites are up and down but if you are willing to move and work a bit, positive results are happening. Walleyes are best early and from 3pm to dark. Seems like areas are changing constantly, one night hot and the next just so so.
Pike are all over and water clarity is great. Sight fishing, tip ups, and spearing had been full of excitement!

Clients are really liking our new lodge The Fish Rehab!! Check it out at www.brysguideservice.com

There are videos and pictures, it is beautiful!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Devils lake bite...

Fishing on Devils Lake has been a bit tougher than last year but we at Bry's Guide Service have been working hard looking for new bites. The last week we have been targeting Walleyes in the mornings and evenings and Perch in the middle of the day; often times getting limits of "eater" sized Walleyes. Perch have been more plentiful on sunny days but still gettin em' on overcast days. Both Walleyes and Perch have been a bit "finicky" and require more coaxing. We've been fishing 4-40 FOW for both Perch and Walleyes with the shallower water having a more aggressive bite.