Devils Lake: 5-4-2023

by | May 4, 2023 | North Dakota | 0 comments

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.

Northland Mimic Minnow

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



About Jason Mitchell
Over the past decade, Jason Mitchell has earned a legendary status as a professional hunting and fishing guide on North Dakota’s Devils Lake. Jason began his career as a guide at an early age and in the span of a decade, built one of the largest open water guide services in existence (Mitchell’s Guide Service head quartered out of Woodland Resort) and was a key member of Devils Lake’s famed Perch Patrol Guide Service during the winter. Mitchell also spent up to seventy five days each fall as a waterfowl hunting guide before expanding into television. During that time, Mitchell logged thousands of hours on the water and ice, earning a reputation for not only being an extraordinary guide, hunter and angler but also a gifted writer, communicator and promoter. Jason’s credibility is grounded by a combination of extensive time on the water, a reputation for honesty and integrity. During Mitchell’s career as a guide, he worked with a “who’s who” of outdoor writers, television show hosts and celebrities in the fishing and hunting industry. Mitchell had a well earned status of being one of the elite guides making a living from fishing and hunting. The hunting and fishing industry began to realize what Mitchell’s guide customers did long before, several writers and television hosts began to trust Mitchell as a guide they could count on for both strong editorial and video footage. Mitchell’s experience and time on the water or in the field is hard to duplicate. “A step into Jason Mitchell’s boat makes any angler a much better fishermen because Jason is so in tuned to what is happening on the water and is such a masterful teacher,” explains veteran outdoor writer Mark Strand. While Mitchell’s reputation as a guide, hunter and angler may be recognized, what continues to drive his popularity is an uncommon modesty and humbleness that is refreshing to many viewers.


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