Jason Mitchell of Jason Mitchell Outdoors gives his latest Buzz Bite Report for Devils Lake and the surrounding area on May 4th, 2023.
Devils Lake: 5-4-2023
The ice is almost completely off on Devils Lake and there are plenty of good shore fishing opportunities right now for walleyes, northern pike, white bass, and perch. Water temps are still cold, but anglers can expect to find good numbers of walleyes up shallow in less than ten feet of water.
Target areas with current and areas that were ice-free first. Bridges, channels, creek mouths, and culverts are all good starting spots for shore fishing.
Look for flowing water and work your baits along the current edges. Everything is going to be shallow so keep that in mind when picking spots.
There are a number of different baits to catch them, but some of the best presentations have been the Northland Mimic Minnow Shad and jigs paired with plastics like swimbaits, grubs, and flukes. Anglers can also expect to catch fish on shallow running crankbaits and hair jigs.
As the water temps continue to warm up the fishing is only going to get better on Devils and across North Dakota. Good luck to all the anglers fishing!
- Jason Mitchell