Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake Fishing Report-August 8th, 2021

Written by Mike Peluso

August 8, 2021

I’m back on the travel wagon this week getting a chance to fish both Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake. I know I mentioned this in my last report, but with both a drought and pumping operations my anxiety of what will happen to both of these systems scares me.

Reports are coming in that the corps of engineers wants to lower Sakakawea another 7 feet before February. Devils Lake mystifies me also. I can’t imagine the amount of money someone is spending to run the pumps that is drawing that lake down. My hope is we get a massive amount of snow this winter 🙏.

Lake Sakakawea continues to shine right now with good to excellent fishing. The fish are sliding out deeper so plan on keeping any fish you are catching if they are coming out of 25 foot or more. The majority of the fish are holding in that 22′ to 40′ foot range. Bouncers with butterflies or slow death is hard to beat for putting numbers in the boat.

Devils Lake is still holding strong! Water is a little green but that doesn’t seem to bother the walleyes. In typical Devils Lake fashion you can catch fish anyway you like to catch them! Old shoreline structure is holding a ton of fish right now. I’m also predicting a banner winter on Devils. Less water means more of a concentration of fish and when your ice fishing that’s a good thing.

Hard to believe we are already in the heart of August. I’m taking bookings for ice fishing Devils Lake already so put your plans together and get ahold of me!

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