Ice Fishing Report-December 26th, 2021

Written by Mike Peluso

December 26, 2021

Well, to a few people these reports suck. I do need to remind everyone, I DO NOT get paid to post a report. I merely do it to help folks gather a little information before venturing out. I will say this, the positive feedback I get, outweighs the negative. So for those of you that appreciate these reports, here you go. For those of you that feel you can do a better job, feel free to start your own website and post away.

Fishing remains pretty good all over the state of North Dakota. Many of the northern and eastern sloughs continue to produce. Some of these bodies of water are well known, while others are not. In order to keep all my friends, I will not name the ones I know or have been told are red hot right now. It’s no secret, I’m personally fishing Devils Lake, and it wouldn’t be my place to let the cat out of the bag on the names of lakes I’m not fishing. I will say this, if you do a little game and fish research, I think you will find some really good ND slough action!

Now on to Devils Lake. Fishing overall has been good. We are finally finding decent enough ice 10″ to 12″ average, but still a spot or two less to get around a little more safely. We will have to watch out for the ice ridges, cracks and heaves etc. but another major battle we will be facing here in the very near future is snow! Access and just getting around Devils Lake could prove to get extremely tricky here. We already have a decent amount of snow on the lake, and this next round could be crippling. We will see?

Not much has changed as far as the fishing goes. The perch have been hanging in the old sloughs of the lake in 20 to 29 foot of water. Tungsten with spikes and waxies are working for the finicky ones. The more active bigger perch, are hitting spoons and buckshots with waxies and or minnow heads. They are roaming around so you have to be willing to move and drill lots of holes.

The walleyes have been a little tougher for me personally as of late. We are actually catching a bulk of the walleyes while fishing for the perch. They must be chasing the same forage at the moment. Another issue we had was a full moon. Devils Lake walleyes and a full moon usually don’t see eye to eye. They bite best during the full moon during the day time. Kinda weird since Devils Lake walleyes are usually early morning and late evening biters. Recently that bite hasn’t been as consistent. Rattle baits like the PK ridge rattr and jig raps are getting the aggressive eyes. A buckshot with a minnow head is still hard to beat day in and day out.

Again, my reports are more of a general starting point. Not waypoints, not actual spots, just general ideas with some of the conditions I am seeing personally to help folks out. For all you that appreciate these reports, I want to say thank you!

I have only a couple openings left for this winter. Feel free to get ahold of me if you are looking for a trip. I’m also booking trips as we speak for the spring river bite near Bismarck snd Lake Sakakawea for this coming summer. It’s been a great 2021 fishing season! Happy New Years to everyone!

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