By Dan Johnson

North Dakota’s mighty Devils Lake continues to serve up a fine multispecies bounty for anglers pursuing pike, walleyes and jumbo perch, reports longtime local guide Jason Feldner.

He said this morning that walleye action has been pretty decent. Anglers plying gravel shorelines in 4 to 7 feet of water are still taking fish, especially during peak activity periods around sunrise and sunset. Average fish size ranges from 17 to 24 inches, with a 3/16-ounce, firetiger-pattern Lindy Rattl'n Flyer Spoon tipped with a minnow head remaining his first choice.

“Deep-water humps are still producing walleyes throughout the daytime hours, but fish size runs a little smaller, with more 13- to 16-inchers in the mix,” he said.

Pods of plump yellow perch roaming 20 to 45 feet of water on east Devils Lake and Stump Lake continue to challenge jumbo hunters.

“The perch are really scattered,” says Feldner. “One day you get 20 fish, and the next day you get two.”

Sizes run from 6-inchers all the way up to 14-inch footballs.

“There’s a ton of little ones, so the next few years are going to be really good,” he adds.

When sunny days spark perch feeding activity, Feldner recommends tying on Frostee or Rattl’n Flyer jigging spoons tipped with a trio of waxworms. On cloudy days, downsize with a Lindy Tungsten Toad.

Hungry northern pike from eater to 40-inch-plus proportions continue to prowl shorelines and flooded roadbeds, particularly in the shallow bays. Fishing deadbait on tip-ups and jigging ¼-ounce Rattl’n Flyer Spoons tipped with a whole minnow is hard to beat for Devils Lake gators. In fact, the photo accompanying this blog is a 40-1/2-incher caught this weekend on a tip-up.