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Headed to the Devil this Friday

  • scratcher
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    #1860508

    Sounds like the bite is picking up just in time for our trip. Last year the end of August was our only time there. Unbearable heat and the fishing slow and very deep. We did hammer the white bass. Fun to catch. We decided to go early this year. Leaving this Friday, June 7th and fishing Saturday through Friday. Would like to catch a few of everything. Last year we took home a full limit of white bass. All the reports now highlight walleye and northern we would not mind catching a few perch and white bass. Any tips or pointers? Any chance of getting on Pelican?

    You got to ask yourself every time you go fishing, are you going for what you want to catch or for whatever is biting?
    I’ve turned into the person that enjoys fishing and catching whatever is biting when I go is just fine.

    Thanks for your knowledge and help.
    Dave

    mxskeeter
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    SW Wisconsin
    Posts: 3516
    #1860521

    Closest landing to Pelican is Grand Island Park. Unless you are staying in a resort that is closer that has a landing. White bass are sawing right now. Killed them in Pelican yesterday. Walleye bite is slow. Everyone is saying the warmer weather/water will get them going. Hoping so. Our boat (2 guys) caught roughly 60 eyes today and kept 4 between 15 and 17. The rest were shorter. Nothing big. Our group is here till Saturday.

    scratcher
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    Posts: 14
    #1860732

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. We are excited by the forecast of warmer air and wind warming up that water quickly. Wish your group the best of luck on the rest of your trip. Have you tried the dead cow bay area yet? with the high wind forecast that may be a good bay to try.

    Thanks
    Dave

    mxskeeter
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    SW Wisconsin
    Posts: 3516
    #1860735

    Where is Dead cow bay? Warmest water is in Pelican. Did well today. Limit of eyes and all the white bass you want. Good pike today also. 6 foot or less throwing cranks for eyes.

    scratcher
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    #1860775

    Nice Pike, gotta get me sum! The boat landing for Black Tiger Bay is in Dead Cow Bay. From there instead of going through Black Tiger toward the main lake stay left into a large shallow bay. That whole left shore was pikey last August.

    chappy
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 4796
    #1864533

    We’re headed out there July 12-15th…

    scratcher
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    Posts: 14
    #1864871

    chappy if you can take a small tin boat or a canoe go check out Mikes Lake. Ask for directions at any bait shop. Move around casting Rapala’s. Nice Walleye in there.

    chappy
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 4796
    #1865197

    ok… Ill see if anyone can taKE 1. We have onbe, But I’m not driving this tear and everybodys boat is out by Alexandria already..

    john_h
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 65
    #1865928

    I don’t mean to steal the post…

    I am headed to Devils for the first time Sunday. I know you cannot import leeches into ND. Where is the best place to buy leeches in ND either in Devils Lake or on the way there?

    Thanks in advance…

    I’ll be happy to report back after the trip.

    scratcher
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    Posts: 14
    #1865966

    We got ours at Ed’s Bait and at the Grahams Island State Park bait shop. Enough bait shops to keep them honest and the little extra you might pay is more then made up in current bite information. Anywhere we bought bait they pointed us to active fish.

    Enjoy your trip.
    scratcher

    john_h
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 65
    #1865998

    Thanks Scratcher. I just heard from another source that the leeches were real small last year. I’m NOT willing to cheat and bring them in from MN. as he suggested, so that’s why I’m asking. I’ll just go with what I find in ND. Money is not the issue, and the added information would be great for a first time trip.

    Appreciate your help!

    scratcher
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    Posts: 14
    #1866041

    We had no problem finding Jumbo Leaches a few weeks ago. Had luck pulling Gulp Killer Crawlers and Fry on slow death hooks. Give it a try.

    john_h
    Participant
    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 65
    #1866049

    Thanks again. I will!

    mxskeeter
    Participant
    SW Wisconsin
    Posts: 3516
    #1866057

    Try Petes bait right in DL. Real nice bait shop. Leeches were bigger and cheaper than the bait shop in Minnewakan.

    chappy
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 4796
    #1867734

    Just got back from out there… Bite was slow.We caught plenty of fish, Just a lot of 10″ers. Had a couple big ones in the group of 10…30″28″,26″,24:” and the rest under 20″. Most were 10-13″. Big ones were caught on the entrance to creel bay on the point bobber fishing on Leeches. Leech size did not matter for us. Also caught a few on bottom bouncer and spinner. No real color dominance…I had one 18″ hit a red bead, Chrome bead Pink and white spinner, Red bead, 2 Chromes beads, and 2 yellow beads followed by the crawler. lol…Buffet? Trolling in the bay at the end of the power lines was our best catching…Flicker shads in the evening at 2-2.5 MPH.Lots of small ones, But a couple nice northern and a couple decent walleye. All in all a decent trip. Chappy out.

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