Devils lake HAD a good reputation for quality bass. The fishing has gone down hill after the grass carp were introduced. Silver lake also did go through a down turn also, but has more than rebounded! On the facts around silver lake I am not going off opinion I am going off research of catch records that once belonged to Silver lake Motel & Resort. Using this data I have found many catch records patterns. One is pattern was a down turn after the stocking of grass carp. I have found other patterns around post spawn. In fishing all fishermen make informed assumptions
. So I have this data and I can look through many years of data to make informed observations based on many years of data. It did take this down turn to show up in the catch records. The records show Silver has come a very long way back and the records show much better quality has retuned to historical levels.
So why would the lack of weeds have a pronounced affect on a lake. My theory is the bait fish and pan fish do not have as large amount of cover to avoid predation from other fish and other animals.
Devils lake has very little cover when compared to lakes like Silver Lake.
Silver lake still has a large amount of shore line cover like pads and shore line brush. Silver has lots of shore line plants like celery. Silver has several hundred acres of celery.
Devils Lake has a lot of no cover shoreline. Devils lake should have had a dip in catches but should have had a rebound. I'm convinced there was a rebound BUT with the lack of cover the lake was hit harder than lakes like Silver. The bass most likely ended up moving deeper and also mover shallower where cover is present.
If I was going to fish Devils lake I would fish it real early before many fish make their move to deeper water that morning. I would focus early on shallow cover, docks and points. Mid day I would also focus on a point not far from Thompson creek that hold deeper water not too far off that point. I have seen some good wood in open water and I would try that too. Devils Lake does have bass! I just do not know it's level or quality. I have plans to learn that lake better. I have fished it a couple times before the grass carp.
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. I did not think that was the case! But I did not want to be a troll and call anyone out.
I have ended my bass fishing for this year. I ended up with over 800 bass (mostly smallmouth because of me fishing nearby water - the Willamette River) My best day was 82 bass, my boats best day was 100 bass. in the next two years I should be back on to my old levels of over 1000 bass a year because of more fishing days. This year I fished about one day a week. I am in the process of building a cargo van conversion to a mini RV. I will be living in full time! and hitting lots of water on the west coast!