Fishing Report for North Dakota: Walleye, Perch & Northern Pike Ice Jigging a Big Success

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The last full week of the year witnessed people digging out from burial by blizzard conditions throughout the area with 18 inches or more of wet, wind-blown snow hampering fishing results. Still, dedicated sportsmen have trundled through adversity and found reward for their patience.

Devil’s Lake Fishermen Reporting Excellent Walleye & Pike Success

Although severe cold weather, frequently colder than minus 40 wind chill, reduced the number of people on the ice at Devil’s Lake.

Those who did venture out, though, according to discussions with people at 7 Happy Bear bait shop in New Rockford, were finding excellent fishing for walleye in the areas of sunken roads in Minnewaukan Flats, Doc Hagen’s Point, Spirit Lake Marina, and Cactus Point using live minnows or lures tipped with minnow heads. Ice in these areas is 14 to 18 inches thick and thick enough for vehicles.

A wholesale bait dealer in Devil’s Lake also reported excellent success for fishermen targeting northern pike. Rewards for braving the cold were especially good in Wolford’s Bay and East Bay. Several of those fishing on the ice this past week, in these two areas, have caught 10-plus pound northern using frozen smelt and herring.

Several people also have reported excellent pike catches at the north end of Six-mile Bay and at Pelican Lake according to web-based reports by Dosch’s Guide Service and Ed’s Bait Shop.

Although ice up to 18 inches thick exists, extreme caution is advised when driving vehicles on Devil’s Lake at present, especially in the areas of moving water (around bridges and coulées).

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Perch Fishing Less Successful in Devil’s Lake

Except in north end of Creel Bay and at the mouth of Creel Bay, in Black Tiger and the towers area, perch has been disappointing.

Rivers South of Devil’s Lake:

  • Sheyenne River – no reports
  • James River – no reports.

Lakes and Ponds South of Devil’s Lake:

  • Donald – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing
  • Adams Lake – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing
  • Coenen Lake – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing
  • Juanita Lake – fishing for pike has been excellent using frozen smelt, report fishermen
  • Warsing Dam mixed results for northern pike
  • New Rockford Reservoir N/A at present
  • Lake Washington N/A – alkali
  • Pipestem Dam – no results reported
  • Lake Coe – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing
  • Adams Lake – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing
  • Dry Lake (near Bordulac) – a few reports of excellent walleye panfish size
  • Erickson’s Lake – a few reports of pan-sized perch
  • Barnes Lake – – extreme cold weather seems to have prevented fishing

James River has Many Prospective Fishing Holes

Although fishing on the James was nonexistent during the past week, a few fishermen stopping in at 7 Happy Bears were declaring intentions to check out the area downstream from New Rockford during the upcoming week.