Mitchell’s Guide Service 2018 Season Preview

 In Fishing Reports

By Pete Harsh

Officially our guiding starts May 19th and from then on our guiding will be at a full speed ahead pace. Already many of our guides have been out fishing testing the waters and have reported good catches of post-spawn walleye. As of this date the walleye spawn is nearing completion. With the warm weather and temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s we have quickly gone from a late winter to open water summer fishing conditions. Somehow spring seems to have been bypassed. As a result of these warmer temperatures? Devils Lake is 100% ice free and has been so now for nearly a week.

Good catches are being reported of eater size male walleyes in the 15 to 20 inch range with a few larger post-spawn female walleyes being caught and released. Even with our expanded staff of fishing guides for 2018, we are seeing our dates available filling up quickly. Now would be a great time to plan an early-season trip to Devils Lake North Dakota. If you like bobber fishing, pitching jigs, casting or trolling crankbaits? The fishing at Devils Lake in May and June is near impossible to beat. Another advantage of fishing this sprawling vast fishery are the liberal limits on both walleye and Northern Pike. This allows you to keep much of your catch for those traditional fish frys back home with family and friends. While we strongly encourage the release of larger walleyes and pike, there are no size limits or slot limits at Devil’s Lake. The daily limit for walleye is 5 with 10 walleye as your possession limit. Those same numbers apply to northern pike limits. With a goal to keeping this fabulous fishery healthy, we encourage the release of the larger walleye and pike. We always have cameras available in the bowl for fish photos. If you do catch that trophy of a lifetime the option is open to keep it for the taxidermist here at Devils Lake.

Mitchell’s Guide Service is the oldest, largest and most experienced Guide Service on Devil’s Lake. Our hard-working guides run top notch equipment. Professionalism is their daily standard. MGS guides take very true seriously their roles as mentors and teachers and enjoy working with our clients. True, the fishing and the catch are important, however the knowledge gained from a guided fishing trip at Devil’s Lake also carries a very high value. Yes weather at times can and does affect our catches. What we do promise you that each and every MGS guide will work very hard to see that your day of fishing with us is a safe, productive, informative, memorable and enjoyable experience.

You can reach us for bookings or further information by calling 701 662 5996 extension 1. In addition further information is also available at our website

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