The Peluso Report: Seek Structure on Devils Lake

Mike Peluso

By Mike Peluso

A little wind, a little rain, a little heat, and a lot of walleyes were all in play this week on Devils Lake. This is sure shaping up to be an unbelievable late season.

Structure like rocks, roads, humps and definitely the deeper structure seems to be where some of the bigger fish are starting to stack up. That’s not out of the norm for Devils Lake this time of year.

Crankbaits with leadcore line are the presentation of choice. Jigging raps, jigs and bobbers all seem to be catching fish also. I would anticipate minnows to start dominating the bait choice as well. The fish being caught are super healthy and there seems to be a good number of them.

With the amount of walleyes we are seeing in the lake right now, it is getting me pretty fired up for ice fishing. With the water levels down on the lake, it has concentrated the fish. The lake continues to change with each passing year. We are slowly losing the timber these fish have lived in for so many years and the fish are going to start finding alternative structure.

Talking about ice fishing, it’s time to start thinking about booking your winter trips. We can handle groups big or small and we also have lodging to put a full guided and lodging package together for you.

Mike Peluso is a Dakota Edge Outdoors contributing writer and licensed ND fishing guide focused on walleyes on the state’s premier waters.

Featured Photo: Quality eater-sized fish and some bigger walleyes are showing up as Devils Lake shifts to fall and the season’s feeding frenzy. DEO Photo by Mike Peluso.

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