One thing is for sure, we are spoiled here in North Dakota when it comes to walleye fishing! So far the dog days of walleyes is pretty dog gone good!
I’ll start with Lake Sakakawea since that is where I have been mostly. Lots and lots of fish still being caught all over the lake. Many of the fish are still in that 20 to 30 foot of water. You can catch them on crankbaits, bottom bouncers with slow death or a propeller rig, or my favorite the jig rap or shiver minnow. Watch for the jig raps and shiver minnows to really start shine.
I know I have mentioned this lots here lately, but pay close attention to how deep you are catching fish. Most fish caught 25 foot or deeper are gonna struggle to survive right now. Look in their throats to see if the air bladder is exposed or if their throat is red and irritated. If so those fish are not gonna make it so best to keep it and clean it.
Now we will slide over to Devils Lake. Again, this place just continues to shine. Of course we are seeing a lot more structure showing itself with the water pumps on snd draining the lake. I’d say it’s down a good couple of feet since this spring and the pumps are still running. So be careful, lots of obstacles to run into.
As far as the fishing goes for me it’s still super good! Structure and old shoreline is definitely holding a ton of fish right now. Slow death and spinner rigs working great! On the super windy days you can find structure and can anchor up on it and drop jigs, jig raps, bobbers or live bait rigs on them and you will do well. You can also pull salmos or flicker shads on the structure and do well. Both Devils and Sakakawea should remain good up until the cool down and after things cool down I bet the fishing will go bonkers!
I know I reminded folks last week to study your calendars to find some dates to book for ice fishing on Devils Lake with me this winter. It’s going to be an awesome winter season up here for sure, especially with the lower water.