I split this week between Lake Sakakawea and Devils Lake. I’ve talked about this in the past how guiding on 3 different bodies of water help make me a better fisherman and guide. You can not get complacent and have to stay on top of things. Especially during the dog days of summer.
So I will start with Lake Sakakawea. The biggest change on Sak right now is the walleyes are sliding out deep. Very deep at times creating a fish to kill scenario. I’ve been telling my clients we have two options this time of year on Sakakawea. Catch a limit (keep every fish big or small) and go in. Or move up shallow after the limit and maybe catch a walleye or two and some bass. Most folks like to catch and get off which is probably the smart play.
The bulk of the walleyes are in water 25 feet or deeper right now. No matter how you catch them, these fish will die. You may think just because it swam down, that it survived. It did not! So please keep those fish. For me with clients I’m still running slow death on bouncers on the structure like sunken humps and doing well.
Devils Lake is experiencing its typical green algae stage. The fish are scattered all over the map. Just like always in Devils Lake fashion you can catch fish anyway you like to fish. Cranks however right now are boating the bigger average walleyes. The whole lake is busting at the seams with young of them year fry. I would say within 3 to 5 years the winter perch bite may be absolutely epic again! Fingers are crossed 🤞
My August is completely booked up and September is getting that way also. I’m booking trips for late Missouri River and also ice fishing trips on Devils Lake right now. If you are thinking of fishing with me, get ahold of me!