North Dakota Fishing Report- September 12th, 2021

Written by Mike Peluso

September 13, 2021

It’s been a relatively slower week of fishing for me. I did chase musky one day. I chased walleyes on the river south of Bismarck one day and fished Devils Lake one day guiding. So I guess this is going to be a mixed report.

I’ll start with the Musky day. We never caught a Musky. We did however spot a few, and a couple were big looking fish on the sidescan. We casted big baits and also trolled big baits for them. I’m fairly new to the musky game but I’m definitely going to pursue them more often. There is a mysterious mystery to these fish.

The Missouri River south of Bismarck,not in the Oahe portion was interesting. I know they had the Casino Cup down south out of Prairie Knights and the fish are still not really going crazy. I think a huge portion of fish went way south down on the reservoir. Typically when they do this they are very slow to return. I did find a few decent fish up in the river, but I fear those will disappear this week with the flows being cut. I’m hoping by mid October we will see signs of life near town.

Devils Lake is just being steady eddy right now. The jig bite is solid for eater size fish and the trolling bite is better for the larger size fish. Weather (wind) has been a player on where you can fish. This seems to be the common theme every year no matter what lake your concentrating on.

So all in all it’s been a slower week of fishing having only fished 4 days this week, but it’s been a good learning week for me. I’m taking bookings now for ice fishing on Devils Lake. So if your planning on fishing this winter and want to make it easy on yourself just let me know!

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