Archived Reports: 2013-2014
- 2015 Fishing Reports
January 25, 2015
Wow has it ever
been crazy busy around here! The fishing for the Perch
Patrol the past couple of weeks has been as good as the weather
on any given day. Lately, we have been experiencing
a January thaw. We have had some excellent perch fishing
on certain days and some excellent walleye fishing on other
days but we have also struggled on both species as well at
The overall fishing
on Devils Lake is slower than last year. We are not
bringing in as many limits, but we are still having a very
good season. We have to work harder for them and that
means drilling more holes and going to more locations but
overall we still manage to make something happen everday.
We did get spoiled last season as did everyone but this year's
fishing is still very good and from what we hear is still
better than a lot of destinations.
The Perch Patrol
Schedule is full for the rest of this season. We do
have a few dates left on the very last week of March but the
rest of our schedule is Sold out. We will be taking
reservations for next season beginning next April. We
want to Thank all of you that have a trip booked with us and
for making this possible.
We are also announcing
that this will be the final fishing report for this season.
There is a lot of phone calls that get generated everytime
we do a report and to be honest, now that we are full, we
have nothing to offer these folks that are looking for open
dates. It winds up to be a lot of phone calls that really
never end good. We need to concentrate on the guests
that we have here fishing with us instead of continuing to
tell people "No, I am sorry we are full."
We hope that you can understand.
If you have a trip
booked with us, for this season, and have some questions,
please feel free to give us a call on the Perch Patrol Reservation
Hotline (701) 351-3474
Good Luck Fishing
and Everyone have a safe rest of this season!
January 11 2015
It has been a very
challenging last 10 days. Quite Honestly the weather
has been kicking our butts. The past seven days we have
had 2 blizzards, we have had temperatures as low as 53 below
zero with the wind chills and the we have had days where the
wind blew up to 50 miles per hour. Do we need to even
talk about what this does to the perch and walleye bite on
We have had a few
bright spots however, in-between fronts. We have had
some groups have some pretty good days on perch and other
groups have done fairly well on walleyes. By no means,
did we have everybody limiting out but we did have a group
or two that were definately in the right spot on certain days.
We are still using
the small Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with minnow
heads, perch eyes, or wax worms. On the tougher days
we have downsized quite a bit switching between small tungston
jigs, rat finkies, hali's, and slender spoons. Some
of the keys to success has been jigging the fish in and raising
the baits up higher to reqruit more fish in. It seems
if you just mark a single fish, they never want to bite but
by raising the bait and attracting two or three others into
the mix, that's what will trigger one of them to to bite.
It takes a lot of patience and we are encouraging our guests
that the time to fish the hardest is when they are not marking
any on the Vexilar. If you lay the rods on the ice,
you definately won't need them.
On the bright side
of things, the forecast looks awesome! By midweek the
weatherman is talking 30 degrees! That will be a very
welcomed change! Fishing should improve as well.
Sorry no pictures
this report, I am having an issue with my computer.
Good luck fishing everybody!
Happy Holidays everybody!
Well, the Perch Patrol got what we wanted for Christmas and
that was some sunshine! After 3 straight weeks of foggy,
cloudy, and down right gloomy weather, mother nature has given
us some sunshine days and has it ever improved the perch fishing!
We are no where near the def-con 4 levels that were happening
last year, but the perch fishing has been pretty decent as
of late. We are still having our best luck with the
northland buckshot rattle spoon and the Clam Speed spoon tipped
with either a minnow head or a couple of wax worms.
We have also been playing with some tungsten jigs loaded with
waxies and have been enjoying some success with it as well.
The walleye fishing
has been fairly good but some of the before dark bites seem
to be better towards mid afternoon instead of right before
dark. Weird? Just when you think you know all
you needed to them darn walleyes throw you a curve-ball.
Our biggest theory is proving right however and that is the
sunny days are better for the perch and the cloudy days are
better for the walleyes. SO, a little hint to all of
our near future guests...come with an open mind and expect
We are very happy
to report that we are now driving our trucks and does it ever
feel good. So nice to have all the gear right in your
vehicle instead of having to load and unload all the time
like we have to on our ATV's. The ice is slowly getting
thicker. We are finding 12 to 16 inches most places
now and have even measured some 18 inch ice. Today was
cold and at night we are hitting lows of -18 below zero so
we will easily be making more ice the next few days.
If you have been
trying to get a hold of us to make a reservation, I apologize.
With the holidays going on and some of the places we have
been fishing there is not a lot of cellular service so it
has been hard to talk on the phone much without experiencing
dropped calls. Plus we are in the full swing of guiding
everyday now so the days are long and the evenings are short.
It is hard to get everyone called back even though
you leave a message. We don't have a lot of room left
on our schedule for this season. We have a few single
days in February and March and we don't have any two or three
days in a row for package trips until after March 20th.
Best advice to you is to study our availability calender on
this website and if you see a day that will work for you give
us a call and we will get you scheduled in.
Now I need to touch
on a not so fun subject...We have had some groups show up
with less people in their groups than they had originally
reserved. This cannot happen and will no longer be tolerated.
We are virtually sold out every day and in good faith have
held up our end of the deal by holding all the spots that
your party reserved. It is only fair that our clientele
base do the same for us. As much fun as we try to provide,
this is a business and some of our staff travels quite a ways
to get here on time every morning with a smile and is fully
prepared to take your group fishing. Not to mention
the number of phone calls we continue to take on a daily basis
turning groups down because we are full. So, please
if your group is downsized or someone cannot make, let us
know in advance so we can fill these spots with guests that
are willing to make the commitment to show up and fish with
us. You are responsible for full payment for the number
of spots reserved. No Exceptions!
There, rant over
with! Ice is growing, fish are snapping, life is good!
Have a Happy New Year Everybody!
December 18 2014
Fishing on Devils
Lake for the Perch Patrol has been hit and miss this past
week. We have had some very good days and some very
tough days as well. The tough days that we have encountered
were mainly due to 40 mph winds that made life challenging
and the cold front that followed.
We have had some
groups do very well on perch before and after the front blew
through. The perch we are finding have been 28 to 40
feet of water. They are hungry some days and some days
they are not.
The walleye fishing
has been also very hit and miss. We have started out
fishing walleyes in the morning and catch a few and return
to the same spot at the end of the day and hear nothing but
crickets. Other days, the before dark bite has been
We have been having
our best luck with the small Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon
tipped with either a minnow head or wax worms. One of
our guides Mr. Nick Fautsch has had the lucky rabbits foot
in his pocket lately as he has been finding a lot of the perch
as of late. Way to go Nick! Tom Backer had a guest
catch a 7 1/2 pound walleye he wanted to mount and 2 hours
later the same fellow caught a 10 pounder. We won't
as Tom how many he caught himself that day however.
The ice conditions
on Devils Lake still vary quite a bit, depending on where
you go. We do have some areas that have up to 12 to
16 inches of ice but we also have 8 to 12 inches of ice.
For safety reasons, the Perch Patrol is still taking guests
out with ATVs. It's a lot more work, loading and unloading
all the gear but so far our guests have been very helpful.
Our schedule is
very full. December is sold out, currently January 5,
6, 7, and 25th are the only day left in January, February
8, 13, 15, 19, and 22nd are the only days left open, and March
is filling fast too. The only consecutive days we have left
available for packages is Jan. 5,6,7 and after March 17th.
December 9 2014
Well first of all
we would like to Thank all of you who stopped by and visited
our Woodland Resort/Perch Patrol booth at the St. Paul Ice
Fishing Show last weekend. Wow, what an event!
Every year that show seems to grow a little bit more.
Jeff Dosch, Zippy Dahl from the Perch Patrol worked the booth
along with Kyle Blanchfield, the owner of Woodland Resort
and Devon Sundeen an ice fishing expert and reservation specialist
at Woodland Resort. A great weekend was had by all.
The rest of the
Perch Patrol Team along with some of their buddies were out
fishing on many parts of Devils Lake. They hunted for
both perch and walleye and although they didn't find them
everywhere they did find quite a few to play with and a few
days they even caught their limits of perch. Other days
they marked a lot more that they caught as some of the perch
were tight lipped. See photos below of some of their
As far as ice conditions
go...kind of all over the board. They found 11 to 12
inches on the main lake and in Creel Bay. The did find
a few 5 to 6 inch spots on the main bay however. The
Minnawauken Flats had about 13 to 14 inches consistently.
Pelican had a the most ice 14 to 16 inches but they reported
a lot of pressure ridges to navigate around. East Bay
has about 10 to 12 inches as well.
We are glad we have
as much ice as we do this early but still recommend using
an atv or snowmobile instead of driving full size vehicles.
Safety First! It's going to be a long season, let's
keep it that way!
for the Perch Patrol are absolutely through the roof.
Never in our history have we felt this much demand this early.
We are coming off our best season ever last year and our guests
that experienced it with us seem to be all coming back with
even larger groups. The only days that we have left
in January and February are single day trips, meaning there
just aren't any two or three days in a row to do a package.
March is the only month that we have package possibilities
and the last couple of days, we have been selling a lot of
them. Please visit our availability calander to view
what we have left.
We are very excited
for our first guests that are arriving this coming weekend
and then our season will really kick off on December 15th.
We will have more to report on ice conditions and hopefully
have more pictures to show you as well.
Be safe out there!
November 24 2014
we're back! As I sit down write the first Perch Patrol
Fishing Report of the new season, I am delighted to announce
that all of Devils Lake is froze over. Yes folks we
have ICE! As usual the shallow parts of the Devils Lake
system, mainly on the west side, froze about 10 days to 2
weeks before the main lake. So our ice conditions are
going to vary quite a bit for a while. We have not been
fishing yet but some people that have been out have been reporting
6 to 7 inches on the west parts and about 2 inches in Creel
Bay and on the main lake. As always if you are planning
to venture out use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.
are very much ahead of schedule than most years in both the
ice making and in our reservations. It is no secret
that last season was the most successful in the history of
the Perch Patrol's 19 years of business and the reservations
that are already in our books has never been higher at this
point before our season begins. Not only are the
people that fished with us last year returning but so are
the folks that we had to turn away last season because we
were already full when they tried to schedule a trip.
have added some new and exciting features to our web site
www.perchpatrol.com First of all, there is no more train
packages. I feel we have more than covered that on the
reasons why. But we did rebuild these packages to make
them more suitable for our drive in guests. As always
we have 3 different package options out of Woodland Resort
which has been home to the Perch Patrol since our beginning.
Woodland is also going through some exciting changes that
we are looking forward to in the near future. More on
those later... We also have 3 different package options
with Devils Lake's newest hotel in town, the Sleep Inn and
Suites. We are also very excited about some of the great
amenities they have to offer our guests that choose to lodge
with them. For more information about all of these great
packages please visit our New Packages page on our web site
1 week ago, we added a new feature to our web site called
Availability Calander. This has been a home run with
our visitors so far. By clicking on the Availability
Calander, you can see exactly what the Perch Patrol schedule
is like for each month of our operation. Just select
what month you would like to view and monthly calander will
appear. On each day it will tell you exactly how many
spots are available. A spot is considered a person.
If it says no availability that means the Perch Patrol is
sold out for that day. This makes our lives a lot easier
as now most people that call already know what is available
and what is not.
all of our guides are spending quite a bit of their day getting
ready. We are busy assembling our new Clam Thermal fish
houses, rigging our trucks, respooling rods and reels, making
shelves that will protect our new Vexilar FLX-28's and 22's
from flying around, tuning up snowmobiles and Atv's, the list
goes on and on. We are also getting our new brochures
ready for upcoming sport shows in St. Paul, Minnesota and
although we are not fishing quite yet, we will be soon.
Our first guests arrive on December 11th and we have lots
to prepare before the "show" begins. If you
are at all serious about fishing with the Perch Patrol this
winter, you need to get aggressive about it and give us a
call. The month of December and January are already
nearly full but we still have plenty of room in February and
all for now, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and please
be safe on the ice!