By Mike Peluso
Things have really started to heat up here on Devils Lake! The impressive walleyes and total weights in the Spirit Lake Casino Tournament recently are evidence of that.
So, what’s working for walleyes? Maybe a better question or easier question would be “what isn’t!?” I truly believe you can catch fish on Devils Lake anyway you like to right now. For us guiding, it’s been a mix of bobbers and trolling bottom bouncers and depends on the day/weather.
The one lure that is doing really well up here this year is the Dakota Disc made by PK lures. I like to pull them the same as I do a slow death rig with a half crawler on a 1-1/2oz bottom bouncer around 1.0 mph. Pulling these along or on top of structure will get you results. When the fish are on the electronics but not committing to a moving bait, I’ll switch to bobbers with small jigs and leeches, or some days a mix of both.
All in all, the bite is pretty darn good up here right now. I have another week here yet before sliding over to Lake Sakakawea for about a month. After that I’ll be back and forth a bit fishing both bodies of water.
I do have some openings in August on both Sakakawea and Devils Lake if you want to get on the water. I know this is a ways out yet, but the end of October through November is go time on the Missouri River near Bismarck. If you are coming out to hunt don’t forget to book a day on the water with me also. Make it a combo fins and feathers trip!
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: Anglers are catching walleyes on Devils Lake through just about every means from trolling to slip floating to jigging. DEO Photo by Mike Peluso.