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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lots of options this time of year...

What to do? What to do??

Goose hunting, bow hunting, dove hunting are all going on!  Grouse hunting opens this Saturday. There are certainly options in the Devils Lake area!
Youth duck opener is just around the corner as well. The outlook is fantastic as we are seeing nice flocks buzzing the stubble fields each morning and night.

As for the fishing... we appear to be in a bit of a transition period. We are leaving the summer patterns and turning more into fall. Days are shorter and the weeds are starting to die off. Water temps are cooling and fish are being caught shallow and deep. Perhaps the biggest factor in the bite is the over abundance of bait in the lake. We are competing against young of the year perch, bass, walleyes, and frogs are starting to make their way back to the lake. As we get more into fall look for more fish to concentrate on deep structure such as humps, rocks, flooded roads, and points. Current areas are traditionally good areas to focus in on as well.

So whether you are still fishing or getting your shotgun ready, there are plenty of options in Devils Lake. Weather is usually fantastic and the scenery is second to none. Enjoy this special time of year!

Good luck to all!

Bry's Guide Service

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A good time to be a WALLEYE fisherman/person!!!

Wow are the walleyes on the chomp on Devils Lake, ND. We have had some of the best fishing of the year with walleyes as small as 6 inches all the way up to 30. No question the lake is very healthy with a variety of classes of fish being caught. We have caught fish on the west end, main lake, and east end of Devils Lake. The majority of our limits of fish are in the 15-19 inch class. Seems like 10-30 feet of water is the most consistent depths to work to catch the majority of fish. We have caught some fish shallower and deeper; however, it seems that the 10-30 is the most common.
Bottom bouncers and spinners have been by far the best way to cover water and find fish. They tend to move around a bit so bouncers are very effective for covering water. We have used slow death hooks as well with a third of a crawler. Vertical jigging and slip bobbers are also producing fish when you can get on the "X". We have also trolled cranks with success. Some anglers are finding success pulling cranks with leadcore in the deeper depths.
We are also catching some dandy jumbo perch as well. We catching them mixed in with the walleyes out in 20-30 feet of water. Pike fishing is more spotty; however, we have caught a lot of really nice pike while fishing for walleyes out deep.

This is a great time of year to be on Devils Lake! Get out there and enjoy the great fishing and beautiful summer in North Dakota!!

Mark Bry

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Not a good time to be a walleye in Devils Lake, ND...

It's the time of year where walleyes can and are caught in a range of depths and locations. We have caught fish in as shallow of 8ft of water and as deep as 35ft. Without a doubt a bottom bouncer and spinner have been the most productive method to produce numbers of fish. We have used leeches, crawlers, and some plastics for our best results. Cover water and find the pocket and life is good!
Slip bobbers have also produced fish and vertical jigging has been good at times to. If you can find the "X" then bobbers and vertical jigging is super fun. The key is to be on top of the active fish.

Pike action has slowed a bit; however, the pike we are catching are big and feeding on walleyes. We have had many in the mid 30 inch range with fat bellies. Bass have also been caught out in the deeper water with walleyes. Seems like once you find the school it is game on. We have even caught a few perch mixed in with the walleyes. All and all life is good in Devils Lake!!

Book that trip now before harvest starts or school begins, summer is starting to slip away.

Good Luck!

Mark Bry

701 739-0161

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The bite on Devils Lake...

We are entering the heart of summer and all of the traditional tactics and presentations have been producing walleyes. We are catching a mix of walleyes averaging 10-20 inches. It is really awesome to see the smaller fish in the system as they are the future of the lake. By far, the most consistent way to catch fish is by pulling a bottom bouncer and a spinner. Leeches/crawlers or a plastic have all produced. We have used slow death hooks tipped with a crawler or a spinner with a #2 octopus hook. Some of our guides have been slip bobbering as well. Smaller jigs or plain hooks have both produced. They are tipping their hooks with leeches and working 10-20 feet of water.

Best locations to work include: any hump that comes up, flooded roads, points, the old shoreline, and weed lines. This is obviously a lot of locations, but they truly are all producing fish. Pike fishing has slowed but we are catching some mixed in with our walleyes. There is good potential to catch a giant pike this time of year out in the deeper water. Bass fishing has been pretty good when you find them. We are seeing a lot of smaller bass out in the deeper water so they seem to be coming back.

All and all life is good in Devils Lake, ND! Give us a call or email us if you would like to get out before harvest or the kids go back to school.

701 739-0161

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer is here...

Summer is officially here!! Devils Lake, ND is fishing well despite all the weather that has been thrown our way. WIND, rain, and just a lot of unstable weather has not stopped the walleyes from smacking.
The most consistent presentation has been a bottom bouncer and spinner this past week. We have been tipped them with a crawler or a leech. Best depths seem to be in that 4-10 ft area; however, we have caught some fish out deeper (20-30 ft). Good areas to work this time of year include flooded roads, wind blow shorelines, and weed lines. Fish move around so be persistent and you will find fish.
Pike fishing is still good, but as water temps continue to increase, look for them to be a bit more elusive. White bass have been hitting in the back bays and around rip-rap shorelines for anglers looking to pursue them.
Overall, life is good in Devils Lake! Enjoy summer!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Some beautiful fish are being caught...

The warmer weather has certainly improved the bite. Weeds are growing steadily and we are starting to find fish out a bit deeper. The most consistent depth is 2-5 feet of water; however, we are catching more fish in 6-10 feet of water. We have had our best luck pitching jigs and plastics into the shallows or smaller cranks. Some days we pull spinners out a bit deeper or we slip bobber as well. Look for the live bait presentation to get better and better as water temps continue to increase and more fish start to slide out deeper. Leeches or crawlers have been the bait of choice while pulling live bait.
Overall, the bite is good it just might take a bit of looking before you get into them. Cover water and work shorelines that have a bit of wind blowing into them.
Summer is officially here! Get out and enjoy!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weather has been all over the place.

We have really seen some up and down weather this past week. Wind, rain, and cooler temps have really made fishing difficult to nearly impossible. We are still catching fish, it's just not as easy to stay on spots as the wind has really been brutal. Shallow water is still the place to be. 1-6 feet of water is where we are catching the majority of our fish. Try to find the warmest/stained water you can. If the water is crystal clear it is often more difficult to connect with fish. We are also fishing the wind the majority of the time as this seems to be where the bait is concentrated.
Pitching cranks and jig/plastic combos is by far the best way to cover shallow water this time of year. Slip-bobbers have also produced some fish as well. Look for the bite to get better as the weather comes around.

Good luck to all!