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Published April 19, 2012, 08:25 PM

Anglers Expecting Great Fishing on Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region anglers are gearing up for what could be the best fishing ever on Devils Lake during the month of May. There are more fish in the lake, and they are becoming active earlier than ever before.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Lake Region anglers are gearing up for what could be the best fishing ever on Devils Lake during the month of May.

There are more fish in the lake, and they are becoming active earlier than ever before.

At this time last year, ice still covered Devils Lake. The early thaw means fish will be ready to bite sooner than ever.

"We have this great early ice-out which is the earliest we've ever had in the 25 years I've been here. We're starting to warm up the water some, which is great. Just a little touch of warm weather and it's gonna be full throttle," Kyle Blanchfield at Woodland Resort said.

The ice has been gone nearly a month and fish are starting to move in the warmer water.

"What it does is it kind of picks up their metabolism rate and they get through their spawning operations and they kind of heal up after that, and now they're hungry," Blanchfield said.

A lack of water flowing into the lake this year will also help anglers track down fish.

"This year there's not been much running water so a lot of those fish might stay around the main lake and spawn there, which means there will be a lot more fish in one little area than there normally is," Fishing guide Jon Dircks said.

That will benefit fishermen more during the early part of the season. They likely will be more successful hitting the lake sooner rather than later.

"As the year progresses those fish are going to start to scatter," Dircks said.

Cooler days like today keep the fish from biting in full force. But there's still plenty of time for fishing conditions to improve.

"Traditionally doesn't happen until a little ways into May or the middle of May, but everything's two weeks ahead of schedule at least this year," Blanchfield said.

The last several spawning seasons have been among the most successful in Devils Lake, which also will contribute to the better fishing.

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