By Dan Johnson

Few fisheries in Lindy Land can hold a candle right now to the red-hot bite on North Dakota’s Devils Lake, where 50- to 100-fish days are common for hungry walleyes and toothy northern pike.

“The bite is really good right now,” reports local guide and Lindy pro staffer Jason Feldner.

Case in point: It took a 10-fish limit weighing 47.99 pounds to win the annual Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce tournament last Friday and Saturday, June 26-27. In fact, the top three teams all averaged more than four pounds per fish, and the remainder of the top 10 hit 3.5 pounds or more per walleye. The big fish was a 7.83-pounder.

A variety of areas and tactics are producing fish. Bobber fishing the tops of main-lake humps with a 1/16- to 1/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a leech beneath a Thill Pro Series Slip Float is a top tactic. “Casting a jig-and-leech combo through the bobber spread helps attract fish and trigger strikes,” Feldner notes.

Trolling Lindy Crawler Harnesses along weed edges in 10 feet of water is another winning presentation. “You can also pull small Lindy River Rockers in the same areas,” Feldner adds.

On the northern front, many pike have migrated out of the shallow bays. “We’re starting to see some big pike showing up while we’re walleye fishing,” says Feldner.

If you’re specifically targeting pike, try casting larger River Rockers or beefy Lindy Jigs tipped with soft plastics, or troll a large minnow on a Little Joe Red Devil Heart-of-Steel spinner. Casting or trolling Lindy M/G Muskie Tandems is always worth a shot as well.