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Angler on Devils Lake with Walleye

With warmer weather, early ice-out and minimal run-off, the Devils Lake “bite” began in mid-April and has shown no let-up.  “The usual mid-May hot bite is right now,” said Devils Lake outdoor media coordinator Tanner Cherney. Because fishermen with their families return to Devils Lake annually and many first-timers are considering this walleye, northern pike and white bass mecca, a special seminar series will be offered free to all via Facebook. Noted fishing educator, Devils Lake guide and world walleye champion…

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It’s on!  It’s live!  It’s in person!  It’s the 45th Annual Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Walleye Tournament.  The two-day 125-boat community event combines homecoming and fun with a serious competition. Teams fish Friday and Saturday, June 25 – 26 for the $6,500 guaranteed first prize.  Cash payout is more than 100-percent of team entry fees; dozens of valuable prizes and cash have also been donated by local merchants.  Sunday, June 27 is reserved if weather shuts down a tournament day. Johnnie Candle, tournament director, said, “It…

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Anglers Landing Fish on Devils Lake

“Better safe than sorry,” veteran Devils Lake, North Dakota ice guide Zippy Dahl said after closing out his 26th year on the ice.  His 10 guides operate under the apt title of Perch Patrol.  “This was an extremely busy winter, with clients filling most every day from Christmas through the first week of March,” he said. Business was solid due to the continued Canadian border closure and shaky ice conditions in much of the traditional ice fishing belt.  “Our ice shaped up early and…

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Two Anglers Hold Large Walleye

“Social Distancing” to Devils Lake fishing guides is up close and personal while lifting a walleye in the net.  It’s arranging clients so they can easily watch their slip-bobbers.  And, high-fiving when they catch any of the lake’s popular summer-time species: walleyes, northern pike and white bass.   Life is returning to normal, with business about “even” right now compared to a year ago, according to Suzie Kenner, Devils Lake Tourism executive director.  “Travelers need to take the time to…

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Johnnie with a nice Walleye

Devils Lake fishing is a dream-maker.  It’s the reason so many out-of-area visitors plan vacations, trips, family fishing or guide trips and lodging in advance.  Those plans are temporarily on hold during the coronavirus travel and stay-at-home restrictions.  But, it’s like the stock market, don’t wait.  Those dreams will become realities in a few months.  Those who push back their mid-May and early-June trips to later in the year may also compete with many others trying to do the same.…

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