Devils Lake is North Dakota's largest natural lake. In the pioneer days, settlers refereed to it as the inner ocean. No wonder. The 200,000 acre lake, with over 600 miles of shore line and one of the densest hardwood forests in the state, is an absolute anomaly on the prairie landscape.
Devils Lake is known nationwide for abundant populations of walleye, pike, perch and white bass. Field & Steam Magazine picked Devils Lake as one of the Top 10 Walleye Lakes in the U.S.
The lake hosted the FLW National Walleye Tournaments for many years and the Lowrance National Championship Walleye Tournament in 2009 and 2010. Devils Lake was picked as one of the top 50 hunting and fishing towns in the U.S. by Sports Afield Magazine. Many national magazines have highlighted our fishing.
Devils Lake holds the state record perch at 2lbs. 15oz. (1982), the state record white bass at 4lbs. 51/4oz. (1986), and state record striped bass at 20lbs. 12oz. (1993). Our lake record walleye is 13.97 Lb.(November 2012), we are now seeing northern pike from 15-20 lbs. regularly.
It's nice to read about our fishery, but you have to experience it yourself to truly understand what a unique lake it is. Remember, North Dakota has only 680,000 people in the entire state, if you want uncrowded, quality fishing, then Devils Lake is the place you want to be!
Recent high-runoff years have brought Devils Lake to an all-time high lake level. With the added water, thousands of acres have been flooded providing our fishery with prime habitat to reproduce in record numbers. Devils Lake is a premier North American fishery.
For more information about the Lake Region, see the Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here