ND Fishing Report-September 17th, 2023

Written by Mike Peluso

September 17, 2023

My lake days on both Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea are slowly winding down. I still have the rest of September booked, but mostly Sakakawea before I drop down to the river near Bismarck for October and November, weather permitting.

We did have a great first half of the week on Devils and an even better second half on Sakakawea. Lots of changes to talk about up on Sakakawea. Most notable is the walleyes can be found and in decent numbers up a lot shallower.

Another exciting thing is we are seeing them somewhat switching off crawlers to minnows. This tells me we are getting closer to the magic of a fall walleye bite.

After spending 4 days checking a ton of areas, depths, structure I did notice the walleyes are really relating to rocks and big rocks. Seems if you can fish those areas (without losing all your tackle) you will do well!

We mixed it up between minnows and crawlers and pretty much used everything in between and it seemed the more basic the better. We will see some seasonably warm weather coming so that may all change again.

One thing I can guarantee is we will be out the all next week on Sakakawea trying to figure it out!

Again, not booking anymore Sakakawea or Devils Lake open water trips. The rest from September 30th until freeze up will be on the Missouri River near Bismarck somewhere.

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