All News in December, 2013

1st Annual Wounded Warrior Guide Service Fishing Tournament

Hosted by Woodland Resort, Devils Lake, ND

January 11th, 2014,

Creel Bay Devils Lake, ND

Not to be confused with a derby, this will be a competitive tournament, pitting the best of the best on the ice against each other!

~There will be over $15,000 in cash and prizes based on a full field.

~Ice shelters and vehicles are allowed.

~Pre-fishing is encouraged.

~$100.00 per 2 person team, Limit 150 teams.

~Dinner, raffle and banquet to follow.

~Ice fishing seminars, gear giveaways and special guests will speak about their service.

~Rules meeting and social to be held at Woodland Resort Friday @ 6:30 pm.

~Rooms are first come first served and are reserved at a special rate at Woodland Resort Devils Lake (701)-662-5996.

There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd largest walleye, perch and pike. 100% of the proceeds will be given to our injured war veterans. Tickets can be purchased at Scheels in Grand Forks or online.  Registration forms can be found online at and mailed to: Wounded Warriors 2502 South 38th St Grand Forks, ND 58201

For any questions please call David Morse at (701)-866-1567

Santa’s Gift Bag Winner Final Week!

Congratulations to Laurie Swobodzinski! She is the winner of week 6 of Santa’s Gift Bag. She registered at Ritter Huesgen to win!

Santa’s Bag Promotion Winners:

Week 1: Candace Carlson from Devils Lake qualified at the Devils Lake Park Board. Congratulations Candace!

Week 2: Charla Hanneson qualified at Gerrell’s Sports Center. Congratulations Charla!

Week 3: Nick Reiners qualified at Forward Devils Lake, Chamber of Commerce, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. Congratulations Nick!

Week 4: William Sorby qualified at Napa. Congratulations William!

Week 5: Lisa Westby qualified at North Dakota Telephone Company. Congratulations Lisa!

Thank you for shopping locally this holiday season!

Santa’s Gift Bag Winner Week 3!

Congratulations to Nick Reiners! He is the winner of week 3 of Santa’s Gift Bag. He registered at Forward Devils Lake, Chamber of Commerce, Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau to win!

Make sure you keep registering at all participating locations for your chance to win a bag full of goodies worth over $3,000! We announce a winner every Saturday!

Santa’s Bag Promotion Winners:

Week 1: Candace Carlson from Devils Lake qualified at the Devils Lake Park Board. Congratulations Candace!

Week 2: Charla Hanneson qualified at Gerrell’s Sports Center. Congratulations Charla!

Santa’s Gift Bag Winner Week 2!

Congratulations to Charla Hanneson! She is the winner of week 2 of Santa’s Gift Bag. She registered at Gerrell’s Sports Center to win!

Make sure you keep registering at all participating locations for your chance to win a bag full of goodies worth over $3,000! We announce a winner every Saturday!

Santa’s Bag Promotion Winners:

Week 1: Candace Carlson from Devils Lake qualified at the Devils Lake Park Board. Congratulations Candace!

Santa’s Bag Winner Week 1!

Congratulations to Candace Carlson of Devils Lake! She is the winner of week 1 of Santa’s Bag. She registered at the Devils Lake Park Board to win!

Make sure you keep registering at all participating locations for your chance to win a bag full of goodies worth over $3,000! We announce a winner every Saturday!

Santa Bag Promotion

It’s that time of year again! Santa’s Gift Bag is here to make your holidays merry. Shop local  and get your name into a drawing to win ONE of SIX gift bags to be given away by local merchants.  Register to win a sack full of prizes valued at over $3,000 in donated gift cards, goods and services from local businesses. Winners will be announced each Saturday, beginning November 16th until December 21st. Registration begins on Tuesday, November 12th. You don’t want to miss signing up for your chance to win this great prize!

You can register to win at participating businesses; American Bank Center, American Insurance Center, Bell Drug, Bert’s Deep Rock, Bobcat of Devils Lake, Boots & Heels, Bremer Bank, Citizens Community Credit Union, Clinic Pharmacy, Creative Impressions, Dairy Queen, Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Thrift Store, Dakota Wash Master, Decorated Wearables, Devils Lake Daily Journal, Devils Lake Glass & Paint, Devils Lake Park Board, Devils Lake Tourism, Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce, Dixie Sanders Independent Director for The Pampered Chef, Dr. Kristin H. Kenner, Drs. Krein & Moen PC/ The Eye Clinic, Dukes Car Wash & Detail Center, Farmers Union Insurance, Farmers Union Oil (Cenex East & Cenex West), Fashion Boutique, Fireside Inn & Suites, Firestone Store, Forward Devils Lake, Gate City Bank, Gerrells Sports Center, Goldade’s, Great Lakes Airlines, H.E. Everson, High Plains Equipment, Holiday Station Store, Home of Economy, Ihry Insurance Devils Lake / Minnewaukan, Investment Centers of America, Jerome Wholesale, K-mart, Lake Region RV, Lake Region State College, LaMotte’s Paint & Glass, Leading Edge Equipment, Leevers Foods, INC., Maurice’s, Mr. & Mrs. J’s, NAPA Auto Parts, North Dakota Telephone Company, Performance in Hair, PROBuild North LLC, Proz End of the Line, Radio Works, Ramsey National Bank, Ramsey Drug Inc, Ritter-Huesgen Jewelers, Simmons Broadcasting, INC., Slumberland, Sleep Inn & Suites, Snapdragons Floral, Spirit Lake Casino & Resort, St. Michael Furniture, State Farm Insurance, Subway, Target Roofing, The Hearing Aid & Optical Company, The Old Main Restaurant & Bar, Thrifty White Drug, The Pizza Ranch, U.S. Bank Corp., Wal-Mart, Inc., Western State Bank, White House Café and Wireless Concepts.

Also donating to the gift bag; Abe’s Excavating (Gofer Sanitation),  Creel Bay Golf Course, Lake Region Woman Magazine, Pepsi & 7-Up Bottling Co. and WDAZ TV.

Have a happy holidays!

Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Launches Relocation Videos

Devils Lake, ND – The Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of a new series of relocation videos on the homepage of the Devils Lake Chamber’s website. These videos offer an inside view of the City of Devils Lake from Mayor Richard Johnson who welcomes people to the community. The videos also give an overview of the quality of life in the Devils Lake area as well as the amenities and personal needs for relocating to the area.

As of September 30, 2013, Ramsey County had 676 job openings. The unemployment rate was 3.6% (2.7% statewide – as of August 2013). The Chamber has been working with North Dakota Job Service and NationJob to help try and fill those positions. You can find the links to these websites on every page of their website in the top right-hand corner.

Paula Vistad, Executive Director of the Devils Lake Chamber stated, “relocation to Devils Lake is an issue the Chamber, Forward Devils Lake and the city are taking very seriously. With the abundance of full-time and part-time jobs in our area, along with our growth of new and expanding businesses, we are working to try and help fill these holes.”

The video series was produced by CGI Communications. CGI is a production company associated with, which operates a nationwide web-based program to assist people who are considering relocation or retirement. “ hosts over 15,000 informational community videos,” Vistad said. “Their videos provide relocation information for communities across the country, and the nationwide exposure was the reason we chose them to produce and host our videos.”

These promotional videos will be accessed through various internet web search engines,, and the Chamber’s website. The video’s hosting site also include videos produced by local businesses.  “ gave us and our local businesses a great way to highlight our community in a professional, high-quality way, and on a nationwide search,” Vistad said. “These videos will be used as part of a broader marketing campaign to target individuals to move to our area.”

For more information on the Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce visit

Catch it all in Devils Lake!


Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 879, Devils Lake, ND 58301. Paula Vistad can be reached at or 701.662.4903 for questions or comments.

Chamber Golf Winners

It was a great day for the Chamber Golf Tournament. The excitement started with Kale Stromme getting a hole in one, this was on hole 3, he won a golf trip that Lake Chevrolet sponsored. The other winners for the day were: Men’s Longest Drive – Dylan Dalziel, Women’s Longest Drive – Sheri Diehl, Longest Putt – ToddDalziel, Men’s Closest to the Pin – Ryan Yoder, Women’s Closest to the Pin – Sheri Diehl. The 3rd Place team was Ultra Green, 2nd Place team was Leevers Foods, and the 1st Place winners were Western State Bank. Congratulations to everyone.

July Fisheries Survey Shows ‘No Shortage of Fish in Devils Lake’ : All Fishing Tactics Prove Effective!

Devils Lake, the North Dakota lake that has grown more than six times as large in the past 20 years, continues to amaze anglers.  They show up from all corners of the walleye world, and quickly learn they can fish their “hometown” methods and catch fish.


“The fishing is out of this world with tactics more diverse and unique than most walleye factories,” said pro walleye fisherman Tommy Skarlis.  Anglers that fish slip-bobbers and live bait will be right at home on Devils Lake.  So will crankbait trollers.  Those who love to cast cranks, spoons and spinners will be able to target hundreds of shoreline miles plus humps, bumps and roadbeds under 200,000-plus acres of water.  Jig fishermen will be in heaven when vertical jigging around the many bridges – especially when the wind blows, setting up current – or casting and retrieving jigs with live bait or plastics.  Live bait riggers will be doing the same technique that led Bruce “Doc” Samson to two PWT wins on the lake.

Anglers may fish like they’re at home, or they can experiment with new tactics and be in the fish zone almost immediately.  Catching fish builds confidence.  From ice-out in spring to late fall, walleyes are the number one target.  Of course, white bass, northern pike and perch rank pretty high as well.  North Dakota fisheries biologist Todd Caspers said, “Our July walleye sampling shows the overall catch rate well above long-term averages.”

Placing it in perspective, he said last year there were record high numbers of 10 to 15 inch walleyes.  “The number of 15 to 20 inch keeper walleyes increased this year over last,” he said.  “I’m looking for good numbers of eater walleyes this fall and winter.”

The recent fisheries surveys will make perch anglers smile.  The overall survey catch rate is above last year, and five to eight inchers he said, “Are way up over the long-term average.”  Caspers also noted, “Since our surveys began in 1992, we now have a record level of 12-inch and larger perch in the system, with most of those being right at a foot long or slightly bigger.”

Two other species, white bass and pike are also targeted by many anglers.  White bass numbers are higher than last year, but below long-term averages.  “The big white bass from 15 to 18 inches are significantly above long-term averages,” Caspers said.  Pike are well above long-term averages, with loads of 21 to 27 inch fish biting everything.  “Those 28 to 34 inch pike are at numbers higher than last year and the big pike, over 34 inches, are present in good numbers,” he said.  “There’s no shortage of fish in Devils Lake!”

What the experts are saying:  Johnnie Candle, Devils Lake guide and promoter, “Walleyes remain relatively shallow all spring, summer and fall, making crankbaits and jigs dressed with plastic deadly.  Snap-jigging, spinners behind bottom bouncers rigged with artificial crawlers, swimbaits and trolling crankbaits all work.”

Jason Feldner, Devils Lake guide, “Pitching crankbaits on wind-blown shorelines is a main-stay out here, but jigs and plastic work just as well.”  Mike Gofron, tournament pro angler, “It’s amazing how aggressive the walleyes really are.  I use Northland Mimic Minnows or Johnson Beetle spins over and through the weeds.”  Ben Mack, 2013 Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce walleye tournament winner, “I fish walleyes on Devils Lake like the bass guys do – casting and flipping to trees and weeds.”

Ross Sensiba, Devils Lake guide, “When casting cranks shallow (4 to 6 feet of water), my standby is the Rapala Countdown.  They cast a mile in the wind and I reel them slow or twitch them.”  Mark Bry, Devils Lake guide, “Casting is preferred, but when we have to slow down, the number one method is slip bobbers.  We stay in the strike zone and don’t snag like we might with a jig.”  Guide Johnnie Candle, “It’s coming to my favorite time of year when the current around bridges really sucks in the fish.”

Nine convenient public concrete ramps are open with plenty of parking.  A map is featured on  The entire community is proud of the modern, air-conditioned fish-cleaning station, a 20 x 32 building, located south of Ed’s Bait Shop on Hwy 20 (south of the City of Devils Lake).  It’s free-of-charge to anglers, and features two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms.  It can handle 15 anglers at once, and is open 12 months of the year – just like the Devils Lake fishing season.  Several outdoor fish-cleaning stations are situated at ramps.

Devils Lake fishing guides target walleyes, white bass, perch and pike.  To contact guides and find the latest lake conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check, or call 701-662-4903.

Navigating the waters of Devils Lake

Annual Fish Fry and Corn Feed

Thursday, September 5th

Bill Jerome Arena

The annual fish fry and corn feed brought to you by the Lake Region Angler Association and the Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 4:00 – 7:00 as a free will offering to the public. Come on out and support these two organizations.

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