Currently Devils Lake is about 122,000 acres and more than 90% undeveloped. Fishing is outstanding year-round for a number of species including: Walleye, Jumbo Perch, Northern Pike, and White Bass. The lake itself is relatively shallow with an excellent forage base that produces large fish fast. The opportunity exists here to land the trophy of a lifetime. Northern Pike of 10 plus pounds, 8 pound Walleye, jumbo yellow Perch and knuckle busting White Bass of 3 pounds are not uncommon when fishing Devils Lake. We believe Devils Lake has established itself as one of the premier fisheries in the country.
Unlike any other lake in North Dakota, Devils Lake provides anglers an extensive trail system to provide road access to the lake and onto the ice itself. The Winter Lake Access Committee, a group of volunteers of the Chamber of Commerce, administers the program. The trails don't go everywhere, but we do try to get you to the hot spots or traditionally consistent areas of the lake.
The trails are maintained based on current ice conditions, fishing activity and weather conditions. BE AWARE! Weather conditions on the lake can and will temporarily close trails. Trails will be re-opened as soon as conditions warrant. The Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, its committees and members assume no liability in our efforts to maintain trails on Devils Lake. It is the responsibility of the user to determine current ice conditions, weather conditions, locate and avoid natural or man made hazards. We ask that if you use the trails, you get at least 100 feet from the trail before drilling any holes or placing an ice house.
Unlike similar trail systems in other communities that charge a per-day fee, these trails are free to its users. The community raises the funds from business donations and voluntary membership association.
See FISHING REPORTS for current fishing news.
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