Fall walleye bite begins on Devils Lake

Submitted Photo Fall fishing is a good time to catch big fish, as this youngster found out on Devils Lake.

DEVILS LAKE – “Fall is the time to fill the boat and catch a true trophy,” said guide and World Walleye Champion Johnnie Candle.

Guide Cody Roswick agrees, saying, “Trophy size fish are in the same areas as the eaters.”

“Fall fishing is about to shift into top speed, and is one of the best times to check out this fishery,” added guide Ross Sensiba.

Gary Parsons, Fishing Hall of Famer, host of Next Bite TV, and major-league walleye tournament winner said, “I’ve fished this lake for 25 years. It ranks as one of the best fishin’ spots in the US. The walleye fishing is diverse and if a spot seems like it holds fish, it does.”

Zippy Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol guide service said, “The walleyes are fattening up. They’re hungry; and any tactic will catch them. My personal best, 12.5 pounds came in the fall.”

Mark Bry, (brysguidservice.com) said, “The best chance at an 8 to 10 pound walleye is upon us.”

Candle calls fall his favorite time of the year to fish Devils Lake. While he often uses a spinner rig tipped with Gulp! or a half a nitecrawler, there’s other effective options he uses in the fall.

“The best tactics can be about anything,” said Candle. “Fall means trolling number 7 Flicker shads or number 5 Salmo Hornets or casting Jigging Raps and Shiver Minnows. Late September into mid-November constitute Fall season here. Halloween is a great time for monsters.”


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