Fishing At Devils Lake
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Guide to fishing for white crappie, walleye, white bass, yellow perch, northern pike and muskie at Devils Lake in North Dakota.
Walleye and yellow perch are the dominant draws at Devils Lake in the northeast part of the state. This is a 122,000-acre lake with well over 300 miles of shoreline, plenty of creek channels and structure throughout the lake.
Devils Lake is a renowned fishing destination located in the northeastern part of North Dakota. Known as the "Perch Capital of the World," this expansive lake offers exceptional fishing opportunities for anglers of all levels. Devils Lake is famous for its abundance of walleye, yellow perch, muskie, northern pike, and white bass.
Walleye fishing is the main attraction on Devils Lake. The lake is known for producing trophy-sized walleye, making it a dream destination for anglers seeking a memorable fishing experience. Anglers can target walleye using various techniques, such as trolling with crankbaits or spinner rigs, jigging with minnows or plastics, or casting with live bait. The lake's structure, including submerged points, drop-offs, and rocky areas, provides ideal habitats for walleye.
Yellow perch are another popular species in Devils Lake. Anglers flock to the lake to catch these tasty panfish. Perch can be found in shallow areas near weed beds, docks, or submerged structures. Anglers often use small jigs tipped with live bait or small minnows to entice these schooling fish.
Devils Lake is also home to muskie, known as the "Fish of 10,000 Casts." These apex predators offer a thrilling challenge for anglers. The lake's weedy bays and rocky shorelines provide ideal habitats for muskie. Anglers often use large jerkbaits, bucktails, or topwater lures to target these powerful fish.
Northern pike are abundant in Devils Lake and provide exciting angling opportunities. These aggressive predators can be targeted using similar techniques as muskie fishing. Anglers often encounter northern pike while fishing for other species, as they are known to roam the lake's waters in search of prey.
White bass can also be found in Devils Lake and provide fast-paced action for anglers. These schooling fish can be targeted using various techniques such as casting with small jigs, spoons, or spinners. Anglers often find success near points, drop-offs, or areas with current.
Devils Lake offers excellent boating and camping facilities, making it a popular destination for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Anglers can explore the lake's vast expanse and search for their favorite fishing spots. The camping options allow visitors to extend their stay and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
In summary, Devils Lake in North Dakota is a premier fishing destination known for its abundance of walleye, yellow perch, muskie, northern pike, and white bass. Anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing experiences while surrounded by the lake's scenic beauty. With its excellent boating and camping facilities, Devils Lake offers a complete outdoor experience for anglers and nature lovers alike.
The lake maintains healthy populations of crappie, walleye, white bass, perch, muskie and pike, and can be fished year round. Much of the shoreline is accessible for fishing from the bank, but on this big lake a boat is the ideal plan. Numerous boat launch ramps are located around the lake, there are marinas, camping, dining and shops easily accessible as well. Local fishing guides and charters offer a variety of guided fishing trip options. Rental boats are also available including pontoons, pleasure and fishing boats. Camping and lodging is available virtually all around the lake. This is a fantastic destination for a fishing trip or an extended vacation.
Primary fish species residing in Devils Lake
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Devils Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Fishing Boat Rentals
Rentals: Fishing boats and kayaks
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Blacktiger Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off 85th Avenue NE, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Devils Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Walleye Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Eastbay Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off County Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Estenson Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off State Route 20, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.
Grizzly's Corner Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Prariewood Lane, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.
Spirit Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, at the south end of the State Route 57 Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Schwab Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off 74th Avenue NE, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Grahams Island State Parks Campground - 701 766-4015
West Bay Resort Campground - 701 473-5333
Bayview Resort Campground - 701 662-3961
Kenner's Campground - 701 740-6966
Eastbay Campground - 701 398-5184
Black Tiger Bay RV Park - 701 330-3245
Devils Lake ND Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Devils Lake, Grahams Island State Parks
152 S Duncan Rd
Devils Lake, ND 58301
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Fishing for crappie, walleye, white bass, perch, muskie and pike at Devils Lake in northeast ND.