The Peluso Report: Calming on Devils Lake

Mike Peluso

By Mike Peluso

We finally have received a couple lighter wind days and we have also been able to get around Devils Lake a little more. Both of which have helped the fishing.

The water hasn’t warmed up a ton yet but it’s getting better, it is currently 60-62 degrees and the water is mixed. Some areas are really dirty and some are really clean. You have to drive around a bit looking for stained water. Once you find that with a little breeze, the fish seem to bite.

Bobbers and leeches have been the best presentation for walleyes. Depths vary with the wind but I’d say 6 to 12 feet has concentrated the most fish. Casting cranks is just starting to catch fish and jigs with plastics will also. Expect a mix of fish both walleyes and pike, especially if you are casting.

The water is still slowly running into the lake. I’d say it’s up probably 3 feet from last year at this time, making for more areas to fish. Hopefully this rise in water helped the spawn of all the species in Devils Lake, and this will help the lake in the long term.

I have a few openings up here on Devils Lake in July and August. The same holds true for Lake Sakakawea. If you are looking to get out fishing, get ahold of me and we will see if we can make that happen! I’m also booking fall Missouri River fishing trips starting in the end of October until freeze up. If you are coming to North Dakota to hunt this fall, mix in a little walleye action. It’s going to be good!

Mike Peluso is a Dakota Edge Outdoors Contributing Writer and a licensed ND Fishing Guide specializing in walleyes on the state’s premier waters.

Featured Photo: Walleyes are being caught on Devils Lake in areas 6-to-12 feet deep using slip bobber rigs and leeches.  Find areas where the water is a bit dingy and the fish should be there. DEO Photo by Mike Peluso.

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