Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake Fishing Report-June 27th, 2021

Date: 08.09.2022

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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!

Well, I’m pretty sure I completely jinxed myself with my last report talking about “old blue” my boat puller. Old blue is no longer with us today and I’m looking for a replacement.

Thank goodness for my family (dad) letting me borrow his until I can figure something out. What I really want to find is a full size AWD or 4WD van. Not an easy find. I think for as much as I fish both summer and winter this would be a match made in heaven! So if anyone knows of one please let me know!

So now to the real important stuff. The fishing! I’ll start with Lake Sakakawea this time. Sakakawea is really starting to fire on all cylinders right now. Lots of fish are being caught! You can still find the fish relatively shallow. Windier the day, the shallower the fish! 5 to 15 foot of water seems to be holding the bulk of the biting (feeders) fish. Seeing lots laying out deep, but those fish are either traveling or digesting their food because they are hard to catch.

One nice thing they had happened got us this week is the fish have switched over to crawlers. We are able to run half crawlers on slow death and or live bait rigs with small hooks to catch our fish. This is very client friendly and helps put numbers of fish in the boat. A couple things to pay attention to. One is water temp. Two is the current. This will assist you in tracking the fish down and once you find them, to fish them correctly. I’m seeing lots of anglers not pulling their baits accordingly. With current you will have to adjust speed right along if your going against it. Pay close attention to this.

Next on the list this week is Devils Lake. Again, this place just simply amazes me. The quality and quantity of the fish is impressive this year. Spinners and crawlers on structure is taking the bulk of the fish, but don’t forget to cast on those windy days into the wind blown shorelines. The lake is reverting back into its old self. On a side note, I’m still seeing a lot of folks launching their boats multiple times. Especially around the campground areas. Please if you see these folks cleaning fish multiple times a day report them to the Game and Fish! I feel our daily limit is more than fair, and there is no need to be double dipping. It’s not an endless resource. Limits are in place for a reason.

All in all the fishing on these two bodies of water are absolutely world class right now! I have a few dates in August and September available if you looking to get out. Also, it’s definitely not too early to be booking your Ice Fishing adventure on Devils Lake with me! Those spots tend to fill up fast, so don’t drag your feet.

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