With warmer weather, early ice-out and minimal run-off, the Devils Lake “bite” began in mid-April and has shown no let-up. “The usual mid-May hot bite is right now,” said Devils Lake outdoor media coordinator Tanner Cherney.

Because fishermen with their families return to Devils Lake annually and many first-timers are considering this walleye, northern pike and white bass mecca, a special seminar series will be offered free to all via Facebook.

Noted fishing educator, Devils Lake guide and world walleye champion Johnnie Candle will conduct live Facebook seminars monthly. He said, “I will talk what’s hot right at the moment. Visitors will get a jump on their fishing vacations with locations, depths, lure choices, tactics, tips and more.”

The initial seminar is slated for 7 pm CDT, Tuesday, May 25. Walleyes, pike and white bass will be subjects of these live seminar broadcasts. “After a 15 to 20 minute seminar, I will answer questions for about an hour,” he said.

Seminars will be on Subsequent seminars will occur at the same time June 15, July 6, August 10, Sept. 2 and Oct. 5.

“People head to north-central North Dakota to catch walleyes from dozens of easily accessible shorelines…and in their boats.” There is no closed fishing season. “Opening day is when you get here,” Cherney said.

Docks have been installed at all the public ramps around the lake. Fish cleaning stations at most public ramps will be running soon.

Information about the Devils Lake walleye tournament set for June 25-27, car shows, fairs, parades, shopping, resorts, camping, birding, hiking, casino and more is featured at Also, details about public and free-to-use launch sites with fish cleaning stations, trusted guide services, and fishing reports are updated often.


seminar poster