We received a some winter-like weather the last few days here in Devils Lake, ND. Colder temps and snow fell in the lake region. Hopefully, this will be the last of the white stuff until next winter!!
We are 100 percent ice free on Devils Lake and have been for a few weeks. Docks are in and the majority of landings are ready for use. The lake level is currently on the rise. We are looking like the lake will come up a couple of feet more than likely; however, we won't know for sure until summer.
The bite is a bit 'hit and miss' as we are in pre-spawn, spawn, and post spawn stages depending on the part of the lake that you are on. Whenever you are fishing near the spawn, expect to experience some really inconsistent action. Bites that were hot yesterday may be dead sea today. This is one of the best times of year to catch bigger fish as many mature fish congregate to current areas. Culverts, bridges, basically anywhere there is moving water are great places to try. It seems like the recent cold front that we are experiencing has slowed the bite down a bit. Look for the bite to get better and better as we get back to normal weather conditions.
As spring continues and the spawn comes to an end, look to find active fish in the shallowest/warmest bays. Pike, walleye, and bass will go the the shallows to warm up and feed! Look for water that is stained a bit and warm. Seems like once water hits the 50's it is usually "GAME ON".
Please remember to take a picture of those nicer fish and practice catch and release.
If you would like to experience some of the most exciting fishing of the year, SHALLOW WATER time, then give us a call and we will make it happen!!