April ice fishing trip on Devils Lake seems more like January

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ON DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — It's not supposed to be like this, we muttered to ourselves collectively as we drove, six anglers in three pickups, onto a frozen lake with...

 On a cold blustery April day, Jason Laumb of Grand Forks cooks brats and hot dogs on the tail gate of his truck atop more than 3 feet of ice April 8, 2018, during a Devils Lake (N.D.) pike fishing excursion. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
Four northern pike lay on the ice Saturday, April 7, 2018, during a tip-up fishing excursion on Devils Lake. The calendar might have said April, but the ice conditions and the temperature were more like February. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
Just another April day in North Dakota, where ice conditions hadn't even begun to deteriorate April 7, 2018. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service
Most years, there'd be open water on Devils Lake (N.D.) in early April, but winter was still very much apparent April 7, 2018, during an ice fishing excursion for northern pike. The temperature felt more like February than April, and the ice hadn't even begun to deteriorate. Brad Dokken / Forum News Service

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