North Dakota Fishing Reports

North Dakota Ice Fishing Report-January 18th, 2021

January in North Dakota! Up and down is its steady diet for both the fishing and the weather!This recent wind storm and now a little snow that blew through the state sure messed with things! Not only are the fish all messed up, but the ice didn't fare all that well...

Devils Lake Fishing Report-January 7th, 2021

Up, down, good, ok, great, tough are all the words I can actually sa in this report that I've used this past week and a half on Devils Lake. It amazes me how the fishes moods change by the hour.First question I get asked right now is how is the ice? Well, I wouldn't...

The MPO Quick Glance-January 3rd, 2021

Depth-18' to 35' Water Temp-32Bait Used-minnow heads, full minnow, wax worms perch eyePresentation-jigging and dead sticks with a minnow Tackle Used-Swedish pimples gold, silver and orange small buckshots, rat finkies and spikes Rods-JT Custom prototype Boat-NaIce...

The MPO Quick Glance-Jan 1st, 2021

Depth-25′ to 35′Water Temp-32Bait Used-minnow heads, full minnow, wax worms perch eyePresentation-jigging and dead sticks with a minnow Tackle Used-Swedish pimples gold, silver and orange small buckshotsRods-JT Custom prototype Boat-NaIce Thickness-9″to 13″still some...

The MPO Quick Glance-December, 29th, 2020

Depth-25' to 35'Water Temp-32Bait Used-minnow heads, full minnow, wax worms perch eyePresentation-jigging and dead sticks with a minnow Tackle Used-Swedish pimples gold, silver and orange small buckshotsRods-JT Custom prototype Boat-NaIce Thickness-9"to 13"still some...

Devils Lake Fishing Report-December 27th, 2020

As we head into the beginning of January I see some good things on the horizon. The ice is basically snow free (we did get a couple inches of snow) but the ice building. The fish are beginning to corporate and I think January is going to be an excellent month up here...

The MPO Quick Glance- December 23rd, 2020

Depth-22' to 25'Water Temp-32Bait Used-minnow heads, full minnow, wax wormsPresentation-jigging and dead sticks with a minnow Tackle Used-Swedish pimples gold, silver and orangeRods-JT Custom prototype Boat-NaIce Thickness-6 to 8 still some bad spots, also some pretty...

The MPO Quick Glance-December 20th, 2020

Depth-5 to 25'Water Temp-32Bait Used-fathead wax wormsPresentation-jigging and dead sticking Tackle Used-Northland Buckshot Rods-JT Custom perch prototype Boat-Na Ice Thickness-6 to 8 with some heaves and cracks you need to pay attention to. If it looks...

Devils Lake Ice Fishing Report-December 16th, 2020

This fishing report comes with a very heavy heart. After hearing the news that someone went through the ice here in North Dakota, and didn't make it, is absolutely devastating. No fish is worth it.If you have been reading my MPO Quick Glance reports I'm really trying...

The MPO Quick Glance- Dec. 14th, 2020

Depth-5 to 17'Water Temp-32Bait Used-fathead wax wormsPresentation-jiggingTackle Used-Northland Buckshot Rods-JT Custom perch prototype Boat-Na Ice Thickness-6 to 8 Access-PelicanBody of Water-Devils Lake Wind/Weather-7 NW wind 5

The MPO Quick Glance- December 10th, 2020

I decided to take the day off from fishing and did a drive to check on some ice conditions. I picked 3 popular areas today to check on for you. It is my recommendation you use extreme caution. All the areas I checked today had as much as 7 inches to open water. So be...

The MPO Quick Glance-December 9th, 2020

Depth-10' to 30'Water Temp-38.9 Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jigging/pulling jigs upstreamTackle Used-Northland Jigs/Clam JigsRods-JT Custom 7’3″ mag ml JT 6'10" mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fort RiceBody of Water-Lake OaheWind/Weather-48...

The MPO Quick Glance-December 8th, 2020

Depth-4’ to 17'Water Temp-41Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jigging/pulling jigs upstreamTackle Used-Northland Jigs/Clam JigsRods-JT Custom 7’3″ mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fox IslandBody of Water-Missouri River Wind/Weather-57 light NW...

The MPO Quick Glance-December 7th, 2020

Depth-4’ to 15'Water Temp-39.5Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jiggingTackle Used-Northland JigsRods-JT Custom 7'3" mag mlBoat-Ranger 620 FS Ice Thickness-NAAccess-Fox IslandBody of Water-Missouri River Wind/Weather-51 light NW 5-10

The MPO Quick Glance-December 4th, 2020

Depth-4'to 8'Water Temp-32Bait Used-fathead minnowsPresentation-jiggingTackle Used-Northland BuckshotsRods-JT Custom Shiver StickBoat-NA Ice Thickness-open to 7 inchesAccess-NABody of Water-Lake AliceWind/Weather-37 breezy NW

Ice Fishing Report-December 4th, 2020

I keep getting confused here. One day I'm on frozen water fishing for walleyes and perch. The next day I'm back in my boat on the Missouri River chasing walleyes again. Maybe it's not me who is confused and maybe it's Mother Nature?Either way, I have once again found...

Missouri River Fishing Report- Nov. 22nd, 2020

I guess I lied! I said I was probably done with the open water fishing reports…but of course, the weather straightened out and I filled my 2020 rifle tag, and I have managed to get out a couple (few) more times here lately. The water levels on the river have continued...

Sakakawea & Missouri River Fishing Report- Nov. 5th, 2020

I think my open water season is coming to a halt here Sunday. The long range forecast looks like it will once again turn cold and shift to ice making mode instead. I've had a heck of a good open water season and I'm certainly not going to complain that we have to call...