Devils Lake Ice Fishing Report-February 27th, 2022

Date: 05.16.2022

Meet Your Fishing Guide

Mike Peluso

ABOUT MIKE PELUSO Mike Peluso is an infamous North Dakota fishing guide that’s well known throughout the state. Mike prides himself on being consistent, as well as versatile on any body of water he fishes. Mike guides year-round, so you can find him on the water or on the ice. Give Mike a call for your next fishing adventure!

You definitely have to love what you do to be able to endure the pure punishment ice fishing can throw at you. Cold weather, heavy winds, finicky fish etc are just part of the equation. Mix in some green clients, high expectations of magazine cover pictures and you have a recipe for disaster…or frustrating.

Either way, I always try to take everything in stride and if you know me, I’m extremely laid back. If you know me really well, you know I have a pretty long fuse and it takes a lot to rattle me or get me off my path. This winter has definitely tried to do all of the above! Sorry winter, you ran into the wrong guide.

Anyway, as tough as it has been at times here recently it has actually made me work even harder. I don’t play or coach hockey anymore, but that doesn’t mean I’m still not competitive. Now, my opponent are the elements and the fish.

So what are we finding right now on Devils Lake as far as the bite is concerned? If you keep grinding and working you will catch some fish! It’s not easy and it’s definitely what I call a guided bite. Spot on a spot type of deal and small windows when you need to be there. I’ve talked in length with some of my guide buddies and we al agree there is plenty to eat in the lake for these fish.

Walleyes are still for the most part shallow early mornings later evenings. A mix of buckshots, tungsten with a full minnow, and the old school plain hook and minnow is working. Make sure you are set up before the sun starts to poke over the skyline. That feed window is small!

Perch…..well, they are shallow, they are in between, and they are deep. Why? Because freshwater shrimp know no boundaries and they are everywhere and that’s what these perch are feeding on. When you stumble on a pod they are either biters or not. It doesn’t take long for you to know if they are or they are not. Small tungsten and spikes seem to be doing well.

Again, I still have a few weeks left of ice fishing for the season. Ice fishing for me is winding down. So I’ve really shifted my attention to booking these early spring river trips on the Missouri River near Bismarck! Im also booking my trips on Lake Sakakawea for this summer! If you are thinking of a trip get ahold of me so we can get you in!

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