Devils Lake Ice Fishing Report-January 16th, 2022

Date: 05.16.2022

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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!

A few words come to mind this past week up here on Devils Lake. Snow, wind, cold, warm and Covid. Yes, I said the bad word Covid. Not me, but we have had a few groups cancel on us here as of late due to Covid. So if you are looking to get a day or two in here in January, I do have a few random openings.

The other word I mentioned was snow. If you are concerned about getting around the entire Devil Lake region, you should be. Plan on tracks or walking out. Truck travel is very limited with all the snow. There are a few areas where they have plowed, but you won’t be able to venture very far off the path.

As far as the bite is concerned the fish have been fairly corporative. The perch are definitely moving into the deeper water, and are getting a bit touchy on days. I’m not sure if they get touchy due to being pressured, or if they just get this way once they move out into the basin? Normally, I would tell you to drill tons of holes until you locate some biters. This year it seems if you mark some, stay on that spot and grind them out.

We have definitely had to down size to smaller tungsten and waxies. Another issue is they don’t want it moving hardly. I’ve told clients the last days to reel it up a few inches off the bottom and put the rod on the bucket and watch the tip closely. Every once in a while just tap the rod tip.

As far as the walleyes. Those have been a lot more aggressive and we are finding them in pretty shallow water. Seems like a rattle bait will call them in, and the buckshot will seal the deal! Full minnows hooked in the back is edging out the minnow head. The walleyes are moving back towards structure and are biting better early morning and late evenings.

If you are coming up to the Devils Lake region be prepared to get stuck if you do t have tracks. Travel in pairs, brigs shovels and tow ropes. If you are not interested in that, and want someone to do all the work, get ahold of us. We are equipped with tracks and getting to where need to go!

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