Regional Reports-Midwest

Devils Lake

Due to long-term flooding, Devils Lake has doubled in size, swallowing trees, roads and farmland. Though the downside is obvious, the upside is improved water quality and increased fish habitat, which has Devils Lake generating fabulous fishing. Early June is when walleyes are still in the shallows, stalking the submerged brush for prey. Casting a crankbait into the trees and structure can bring violent strikes from husky walleyes, football-sized white bass or even northern pike over 10 pounds. The Minnewaukan Flats is almost always productive, as is Black Tiger Bay and virtually anywhere in between. Concentrate on the flooded shoreline trees and underwater brush. Crankbaits are the favorite, but slip bobbers, jigs and spinners are all effective baits. It is widely speculated that the next state-record walleye will come from Devils Lake. Contact: Devils Lake Area Visitors Bureau (800-233-8048).