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2013-2014 Fishing Report



Wednesday, April 2 2014

Another very good week of fishing was enjoyed only to be ended by the worst storm we had all winter. We wound up with 10 inches of snow on Monday mixed with 50 mph winds. All of our guests that were scheduled to fish that day left the night before as the forecast looked very ugly. So our guide season is now complete. There is still plenty of ice and there probably will be for a while for those of you that want to still come and fish Devils Lake on your own.

This was by far one of the best ice fishing seasons in the long history of the Perch Patrol Guide Service. I think we proved that the perch numbers are back on the high side again. For both size and numbers Devils Lake is in its own league when it comes to jumbo perch. Our future looks very bright for many years to come.

We would like to Thank all of our guests that came to fish with us this winter. We know some of the great distances many of you travel to get hear. We appreciate that! That is why our guides work so hard to help you experience the best fishing we can while you are here. We can never please everyone but honestly the number of guests that left with a smile on their face has never been higher! We definitely look forward to seeing you back again next season.

This is the final fishing report for the 2013-14 season. If you would like to follow the fishing reports through out the open water season we would like to invite you to check out Mitchell's Guide Service. This is the open water guide service that operates out of Woodland Resort. Many of the Perch Patrol Guides work for Mitchell's Guide Service all summer long. You can either visit the website www.fishdevilslake.net or give them a "like" on Facebook. Their facebook page is simply Mitchell's Guide Service.

Thanks Again Everybody!!! See you next year!

 

 

Wednesday, March 26

Well it's been a very good week of fishing but we did have some tough days too where it was tough to get perch to bite. These were mainly due to some of the fronts that hit us especially last weekend. For the most part, we have still been catching most of our perch in deep water. Some places we have been have been 29ft, some 39 ft, and some places as deep as 52 feet of water. We had one of our best days of the year where every group that was with us enjoyed catching their limits and then we went to the same spot the next day and we were hard pressed to even mark fish. But that's what near blizzard conditions and a cold front can do.

CURRENT ICE CONDITIONS:

We have been rather lucky the past 10 days. For a while we had warm temps that melted all our snow on the lake. We went through a period of time where we had water on the ice and then Mother Nature gave us some cold temps that refroze everything and healed even the accesses. So as I write this report, we are still driving our trucks on the lake, we are still drilling through 40 plus inches of ice and we are still able to safely travel every where we want to go. The bridge areas are opening up and you need to stay away from them. Bring your ice cleats and your auger extensions or you may find yourself flat on your behind with no water in your hole.

The end of our season is near. Our last day of guiding for the Perch Patrol is April 1st. We do realize the opportunity to ice fish on Devils Lake will go on in to April. But we have to be honest, this crew has worked long and hard this winter without many days off and there comes a point in time where everyone is starting to feel the burn out taking over.

Have a great week everybody and be safe out there!

 

Sunday, March 16

Sorry for the delayed report, things have been crazy busy around here. Perch fishing for guests of the Perch Patrol continue to be "off the charts". Every day we seem to find more and more pe ... rch. Some days they are big schools, some days they are small tight schools, and some days they are fast moving schools that are hard keep up with. It sure is fun when there are so many perch on your screen and they are literally coming out of the six foot auto zoom on the Vexilars. These are good times!

The ice conditions continue to be very good. We did have about 3 days over the 40 degree mark and that did melt most of our snow that we had. We did have a couple of days with quite a bit of water on the ice but the cold front that hit us over the weekend re-froze most of it by now. It is very slippery out there and we would like to tell all of our guests that are coming these last two weeks of March, please bring cleats.

Our ice is still 40 plus inches thick and we are still driving our trucks. Looking at the 10 day forecast, we should be able to keep driving as long as the accesses stay in good shape.

Our schedule for March has been sold out for quite a while now and we have been asked if we are going to continue guiding in April. We so far have not scheduled anything in April and if we decide to do so I will definitely be posting it on our report page and our Facebook page.

We want to see what the forecast is and the ice conditions are in about a week to ten days from now before we schedule anything in April. We also need to judge how much gas our guides have left in the tank as well. This crew has been running hard since December 15th without many days off. We will keep you posted when we make our decision.

Have a great week everybody!


Thursday, March 6 2014

The perch fishing still remains excellent on Devils Lake for guests of the Perch Patrol. Not every group gets their limit every day but these days a lot of groups do. A day with the Perc ... h Patrol isn't always about getting limits of perch. It's about the experience, the adventure, the learning and most of all having a fun day on the ice. This season is by far one of the most successful perch catching seasons in our history and the number of clients that are going home "happy" has never been higher.

This past week we have had some interesting weather. We have had 25 below zero highs, we had winds that gusted 40 mph, and today we had a little rain. Not every minute of every day do we hammer perch but when the sun is shining usually so is the perch fishing.

Our best success has been dangling a couple of waxies or a minnow head on either Hali's or the new speed spoon from Clam outdoors tackle lineup. Not only do these lures load the tip of the rod to enable us to feel the light bites, but they travel the water column quickly so we can get back down to the bottom and catch another one. If it takes forever to get your bait to the bottom The perch easily give up and move on. So there is even a little tip for everyone.

The forecast is showing some temps in our ten-day that kind of remind a guy of spring. There is lots of mid 20s and 30s heading our way. This should keep the fish biting.

All of the remaining dates in March are now sold out and for that we thank all of you that reserved some dates with us and we look forward to fishing with you.

Have a great week everybody!




Wednesday, February 26

Humma Momma what a week! The schools of perch seem to be getting larger with each passing week. We literally had schools of perch coming out of the auto zoom on the Vexilar and at times they would be 8 feet thick! Our best day we had 26 clients all limit out on perch by 1:00 pm. Now that is some perch fishing at its best.

We are having our best luck fishing the basins in any where from 36 to 48 feet of water. Still catching most of our perch on Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoons and Hali's tipped with either minnow heads, waxies, or perch eyes. They key is as always, drilling holes and finding them. Every bay we have fished this year has a school of perch some where. It has been a fun year because we can pretty much go anywhere with our 4 wheel drive trucks. This the best access we have had on Devils Lake in years.

Our schedule is nearly sold out for this season. We do still have a few openings but with every passing day there is less and less. We have been asked if we are going to take reservations in April and the answer to that question is we will make our decision on that later in March. We need to see what the forecast is, how fried our guides are, etc.

If you are planning on fishing Devils Lake on your own make sure to put your extensions on your augers or you could be in for a long trip.

Have a great week everybody!


Tuesday, February 18

Wowzers! What a week! The Great American Jumbo Perch-A-Thon continues for the Perch Patrol on Devils Lake, North Dakota. These are good times we are enjoying this year and every week seems to top the previous one. It is so fun to see our guests experience this kind of fishing--it is truly world class!


It is pretty awesome to have some warmer temps. The past couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous. We are mid way through February now with March right around the corner. The good news is our ice is so thick we are having to use extensions on our augers. We are very confident we will be able make until the end of March this season.

Our schedule is very full. We are almost completely sold out for this season. We do have some scattered room in March but it is going fast. One question we are constantly asked especially now that we are nearly full on most dates is if we allow people to follow us for a fee or if we would be willing to sell fishing information? As politely as I can possibly answer these questions the answer is NO! Our commitment is to our customers that have made reservations period. When we are full that means all of our guides are guiding 4 clients that deserve 100 percent of our attention. The other issue is that the spots are at times can be very sensitive to too much pressure.

As far as openings in March, the first three weekends are full, we do still have room the last weekend. As far as during the week, it is best to call and we will do our best to find some available dates.

Have a great week everybody!



Tuesday, February 11

Things continue to rock and roll for the Perch Patrol on Devils Lake. This is easily shaping up to be one of our best years ever. It seems like every where we go on this lake, we find a new batch of perch. It really makes a huge difference when we find a fresh school that haven't seen a lure for a while. They tend to be of the biting variety.

We continue to have our best luck in 34 to 52 feet of water using northland buckshot rattle spoons, or some new lures made by Clam Outdoors. Both the bomb spoon and the speed spoon have proven to be very successful. Minnow heads are still producing the best, followed by a perch eye, and wax worms.

If you are coming to Devils Lake to fish on your own, make sure to bring your auger extensions. The ice continues to grow and we are finding some places that you won't get through with out at least a 6 inch extension.

Our schedule is nearly full for the rest of this season. We still have some room in March but it is filling fast. More room the last 10 days of March and by the looks of things and our ice thickness we should easily be still fishing until then.

Have a great week everybody!

 


Monday, February 3, 2014

We would like to send out a Huge Thank You for all the Perch Express customers that we talked to this past week.  It wasn't the funnest phone call to make informing everyone that we are abandoning the Amtrak service.  But in our heart of hearts, we are doing the right thing.  I personally have checked the train status every day and it continues to run 5 to 9 hours late.  This would have been disastrous for our Perch Express Packages and we just had to put a stop to it.  So again thank you for understanding and a special thank you for those 80 percent of you that chose to keep your reservations and drive here.  We did have a few dates open as a result of some of the cancellations and they will be posted below.

What a monster week we had on jumbo perch on Devils Lake!  This nearly rivaled our early ice bite we had in mid December!  Numerous groups with the Perch Patrol caught their limits of perch.  It is so fun, when our perch fishing is this good.  To see grown men running around like they are little kids on their way to an amusement park.  Fun to be a guide with the Perch Patrol these days!

We are still catching most of our perch on the small 1/16 oz Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon, Hali's, Clam Outdoors Bomb spoons, all tipped with either minnow heads, perch eyes, or wax worms.  One of the keys to our success is finding the larger schools of fish and then it doesn't seem to matter what you have on, they seem to compete for it.  One of the coolest moments in ice fishing is when you watch your bait fall through the water column on your vexilar and you see the 3 or 4 foot wave of fish racing up to meet your lure before you reach the 6 foot auto zoom.  This doesn't happen every day but when it does, it sure gets your heart pounding.

We haven't fished walleye a whole lot this year, with all success we have had on perch, but we have had some pretty decent catches in the morning hours.  We have been fishing break lines along structure in any where from 15 to 30 feet of water.  We did fish Northern Pike a couple of days.  We had two groups that limited out on perch a couple of days in a row and chose to fish pike on their last day.  The results were...limits of 4 to 6 pound northern pike, all caught jigging for them.  That can't be done on many lakes in this continent.

Openings that recently opened resulting from train cancellations:

February 9th through February 13

February 17

February 19 and 20

February 24 through February 28

Call the Perch Patrol Hotline (701) 351-3474 or Woodland Resort (701) 662-5996 to check availability or make reservations.

Have a great week Everybody!


Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Before we get in to this weeks report, we must discuss a major issue regarding the Perch Express Package.  In last weeks report it was mentioned about the lack of service that Devils Lake has been receiving from Amtrak.  We also mentioned that we would report more on this subject as more information became available to us.  The news that we have been receiving about Amtrak service to Devils Lake is not good.  This has been a developing situation that we have been dealing with so far this season and is also a situation that in 19 years, we have never had to deal with.  The main problem is all the oil traffic on the BNSF rail line that Amtrak uses to get to Devils Lake, ND.  Because of the Oil boom in western North Dakota, the BNSF line that runs through Devils Lake has become congested with freight train traffic causing the Amtrak Empire Builder to pull over and sit in a waiting pattern, in many cases for several hours.  The past 2 weeks alone, the train has been running anywhere from 3 to 5 hours late in the mornings.  This alone has cost our clients at minimum a half of day of fishing and in some cases the whole first day.  The east bound train that runs at night (this would be the train that brings you back home) most of the time doesn't even come in to Devils Lake.  Most of the time this train takes an alternate route from Minot, ND to Fargo, ND leaving Rugby, Devils Lake, and Grand Forks without Amtrak service.  At times Amtrak has shown up with buses or vans to transport passengers but other times our customers have been told to rent a car to get to Fargo and this is not an option in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Neither the Perch Patrol Guide Service or Woodland Resort has the time or the staff power to bring our clientele to Fargo, North Dakota at 3:00 am.  We have been hoping this would get better but it has been brought to our attention that this situation in no way is going to improve for quite a while if not indefinitely.  Therefore we have no choice to discontinue taking reservations from clientele that requires Amtrak service.  We are in the process of calling all of the customers that already have reservations on our Perch Express Packages and have train tickets through Sues Travel Center.  We have no choice but to inform them of this situation and give them either the option of driving or canceling their trip entirely.  Refunds for the train tickets are being taken care of through Sue at Sue's Travel Center for the train tickets and Woodland Resort also needs to be notified on whether your party is willing to drive, whishes to reschedule, or chooses to cancel.

This is a sad day!  For 19 years, our customers have enjoyed coming fishing with us and have enjoyed the experience of riding Amtrak.  The combination of the two provided for a great adventure.  But given the current situation regarding the train, it has become a horrible experience that is costing our customers too much lost fishing time.  None of this is any of our control and we know that this is going to be a huge inconvenience to those customers that have reservations but our policy has always been about honesty.  Knowing what we now know about this situation and to do nothing and allow this dilemma to continue to unfold, would be a disservice to our customers.

Contact Numbers for those with reservations on the Perch Express Package and Amtrak tickets:

Sues Travel Center            (701) 662-7837

Woodland Resort               (701) 662-5996

Perch Patrol Guide Service  (701) 351-3474

Now for the good news!  The perch fishing this past week was absolutely incredible!  In fact, we are not sure it could get much better.  Numerous limits of jumbos were caught and just about all of our clientele cashed in Big time!  The cool part about fishing these perch was seeing how big the schools were.  At times the whole 6 foot auto zoom side would fill in with fish.  When the perch schools are that thick, they definitely compete for your lure and often times shoot up and meet your lure on its way to the bottom.  Good Times!

I know this sounds like a broken record, but we are still fishing the basin in depths anywhere from 36 to 48 feet of water.  We are still having our best success on the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with minnow heads, perch eye, or wax worms.  We have been many places on Devils Lake this winter and if you drill enough holes and be mobile and are willing to work at it, the schools of perch can be found on virtually any part of the lake.

The walleye fishing has been decent but with all the perch success, we have not spent much time fishing for them.  We had one group that wanted a break from the perch, decided to go fish northern pike and they absolutely crushed them.  They got their 3 person limit of 15 in very short order.

We are having one of our best and most successful fishing seasons in our history of the Perch Patrol.  This train thing is a major bummer, but we are a 6 1/2 hour drive from Minneapolis, MN.  The roads are 4 lane the entire way.  My point is that this is an easy drive for fishing this good.  Just think about the 10,000 lakes most of our customers from Wisconsin drive by to get here. 


Sunday, January 19th, 2014

What a crazy week it was.  First of all, we would like to offer our sincere apologies for the lack of service that Amtrak has given us this past week.  We had customers that couldn't make it here because of a train derailment on the line that Amtrak runs on.  We can understand a derailment from another train can cause problems.  BUT, in our 19 year history, we have never experienced the problems we have had to endure with getting our Perch Express customers here on time or in some cases here on the same day.  Things must get better with the train or we are going to have to explore other options.  Sad to see but enough trips have been ruined because of the train.  We do not know all the reasons why they are having so much trouble but we are exploring them and desperately want answers.  We will keep you posted when we find out more information.

There, the rant is over!  The fishing was excellent at times, poor at times, and mediocre at times as well.  A lot had to due with the weather.  We have kind of seen it all this week from beautiful sunny skies, to extreme cloudiness, temperatures in the high 30's to temps in the - 20 below zero range.  Plus a midweek storm that gave us gusty winds to 65 MPH.  When the weather was good, so was the fishing and when the weather was bad, the perch seemed to stay belly to the bottom and didn't seem very interested in eating.  So we turned our focus to walleye fishing for a couple of these days and it paid off Big time!  Limits of beautiful walleyes were caught by our customers and believe it or not it was challenging to talk them back in to perch fishing once the weather straightened out.

Needless to say, it was a crazy week.

Our best perch fishing is still happening in the basin.  Depths anywhere from 42 to 48 feet of water.  Still catching most of our fish on Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons, Haili's, and the new bomb spoon made by Clam Outdoors.  Minnow heads, waxies, perch eyes, and maggots, are all working.

Ice conditions and Snow conditions:

Ice continues to grow and I can't even tell you an accurate measurement because I haven't measured for a while.  You don't need extensions yet but probably will in the not so distant future.  Our luck continues with the lack of snow on Devils Lake.  There is some snow but it is still hard as a rock.  We do still see bare ice in places.  Four wheel drive vehicles are making it around no problem.

Our schedule is very full.  Other than a day or two that we can take two people we are full until February 10th.  We do have some room between Feb. 10 thru Feb. 28.  It is best to call for availability.  March is filling fast as well.

Have a great week Everybody!

 


Sunday, January 12 2013

Another fun filled week for the guests of the Perch Patrol.  Some of our mid week guests were treated to quite a surprise as

"Mr. Ice fishing" Dave Genz paid us a two day visit.  Not only did they get to meet our good friend Dave, they got to fish with him!  He showed off the new Vexilar FL-28, handed out some of the new line up of Clam Outdoors tackle for them to try and demonstrated numerous jigging techniques.  A lot of stories were told about the history of the ice fishing revolution, not too mention a lot of fish were caught during all of this.  It was quite a site when Mr. Genz walked into the fish cleaning station at Woodland Resort.  It was the first time we have ever heard the buzzing of all the electric fillet knives come to a complete stop!  Always a good time when Dave comes to pay us a visit.  He is going to try and come back and pay us two more visits this season, once in February, and again in March.

Dave Genz is pictured front and center in the very first picture below with the Button and Haskins group.

The fishing overall this past week was not quite as easy as we have had so far this year.  We had to work a little harder, move quite a bit more but all in all, the Perch Patrol Guides made something happen every day.  It was hard to string together two days in a row in the same location.  Just when we thought we had the perch figured out, they threw us a curve ball.  We had some very good walleye fishing at times.  It seems like the before dark bite has been better than the morning bite for walleyes.  Actually the mid to late afternoon perch bite seemed to be better than the morning bite as well.

We are still catching most of our fish on Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoons tipped with minnow heads or perch eyes. We did have one day that wax worms were the best.  As far as depths go...back to being all over the board.  We had a real good bite going in 43 feet of water early in the week but when that bite ended, some of our guides caught perch in 23 feet and we ended the week in 46 feet of water.  So go figure.  Just have to keep drilling holes and move, move, move.

Our ice conditions are approaching the 30 inch mark and our snow conditions remain the same.  Be careful however that rain we had last week put a crust on this snow that is VERY slippery.  Either wear cleats or walk like a penguin.

We have had quite a few calls regarding our availability.  We have had to turn quite a few groups down because we are full on a lot of dates.  We do still have a lot of room towards the end of February and March but things are still filling very rapidly.

Here is what we still have available for the rest of January...

Jan 19 and 20 room for 4 to 6

Jan 21 and 22 room for 2

Jan 23 room for 8

Jan 25 room for 6

Jan 26 room for 5

Jan 27 room for 5

Have a great week everybody!


Sunday, January 5 2013

Well, another very good week for the Perch Patrol.  Today was very tough but the conditions were not fit for man or beast.  23 below zero with 25 to 30 mph winds equals 50 to 60 below wind chills, which means we hunker down and hope for the best.  It is very important to choose the right spot on these kind of days and today we did not choose the right spot.  Oh well, we will get them tomorrow.  Other than today, this past week was stellar!  We had a ton of fun and we seemed to catch fish no matter where we went. 

Our best success this week was fishing the basin in about 42 to 45 feet of water.  Out best luck continues to be jigging Northland Buckshot rattle spoons with a minnow head.  We have also had some good walleye catches both while we caught perch and when we specifically targeted walleyes.

About the only species we haven't fished yet is the northern pike.  Honestly with the fishing this good on perch, we haven't had any clients even mention northerns.  We have heard reports though that the northern pike fishing has also been very good.  As usual the shallow water flats on the main lake and other lakes that have recently become part of Devils Lake still produce the best fishing for northern pike.

Well it sounds like we have a couple more days of the brutal cold and then we get to enjoy some warmer temps by mid week.  Hopefully it will last a while.  There are some positives that come from this cold weather and that is it keep giving us more ice and it seems to keep it from snowing.  We currently have 24 to 26 inches of ice most places now and the little snow we did have has become so rock hard it is almost as if it became part of the ice.

The reservations are booming and it is getting more difficult to find room for groups in January.  The month of February is also filling quite rapidly. 

Have a great week everybody!

 


Saturday, December 28 2013

Happy Holidays everybody!  It has been another great week for the Perch Patrol Guide Service despite some of the weather we have been dealing with.  The above photo was taken today as another weekend cold front hit us.  Hats off to all of our guests that braved the 50 mph winds and near blizzard conditions.  Another Hats off to Clam Outdoors that makes the Fish Trap Thermals and Jason Mitchell Thermals that keep our customers warm and comfortable and able to fish in these type of conditions.  Although we kind of hunkered down today and didn't move much, we were able to catch both perch and walleyes today until about 2 o'clock when the "lock jaw" seemed to set in for everyone.

We have had some great walleye fishing and perch fishing this week.  Our best success has still been on the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head.  For walleyes we have been doing the best on flooded structure namely points and humps and our best perch fishing has been in 28 to 34 feet of water.  It has been a fun season so far as our ice conditions are now 20 inches and the lack of snow we have on the lake, has enabled all of us to really hit a ton of spots.  It seems like everyday we find a new spot or two and the results have provided some pretty happy clientele.

The schedule for both the Perch Patrol Guide Service and Woodland Resort is really filling fast.  The Perch Patrol does still have some openings the starting on Dec. 30th and a few openings through January 12th.  We do have seven guides on the Perch Patrol and it takes a lot to fill us but we do have a ton of dates that are sold out.  Best recommendations to give you is call the Perch Patrol Hotline and visit with Zippy and he will help you find some dates that will work.  Woodland Resort is extremely busy and the lodging in January is very tight.  They do have some room in February and probably more room in March, so keep that in mind.  We have a ton of winter left and we do have incredible fishing that happens in both of those months.  Other lodging options to be explored are Lakeview Lodge, which is not far from Woodland Resort or the city of Devils Lake has a lot of motels to choose from. 

The word has spread through out the ice belt of the fantastic fishing on Devils Lake that we are experiencing.  This is why things are so crazy busy up here.  We don't want to discourage you from planning a trip here but just want to understand how important it is to make your plans now and make your reservations.  This schedule will sell out.

Below are some pictures from the last week.  Not too shabby considering we had Dec. 24, 25, and 26th off for Christmas.

Have a safe and Happy New Year Everybody!


Thursday, Dec. 19 2013

All we can say is WOW!  We returned from the sport shows in Duluth, Minnesota and Wausau, Wisconsin and immediately stepped into guiding customers and our rods have been double over ever since.  The story that was released by our ND Game and Fish this fall regarding the booming perch population in Devils Lake currently is proving to be as accurate as can be.  I don't know if we ever, in our 19 year history have group after group limiting out on perch every day like we have this week.

Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with either a minnow head, perch eye, or wax worms have been the hot ticket so far.  We have cought good numbers of perch in 10 feet, 18 feet, 23 feet, 34 feet, and 42 feet of water.  We have been also catching walleyes and white bass along with the perch. 

As far as ice conditions, we are finding 15 to 17 inches most everywhere we have been so far and we are driving out trucks on the ice.  If you are going to tackle Devils Lake on your own, as always be careful and watch out for cracks and pressure ridges.

We also hosted a pretty darn cool media event this week.  We would like to Thank Suzie Kenner and the Devils Lake Tourism for hooking us up with Steve and Kieth Worrell and Brooke from Outdoors First Media in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  They have a killer website www.outdoorsfirst.com.  They shot numerous videos for the website and took a ton of really cool underwater footage of jumbo perch making the biggest mistake of their life.

A couple of items that we need to mention...  Things are CRAZY BUSY!  Please have patience when calling both the Perch Patrol Hotline and Woodland Resort.  Leave a message, I will get back to you.  These phones are ringing off the hook and we are having to spend more time than normal on the phone as we are trying to find room to accomodate people.  Our dates are filling up rapidly and once we are full, we are full.  If your party is on our schedule one thing you can do to help is to go online and buy your fishing license before you come.  It is quite simple and doing so, will enable your party to get out fishing faster on your first day. www.gf.nd.gov  If you are waiting for a reply on an email, I am doing the best I can.  Often I just call you instead of returning email.


 

Thursday, December 12 2013

This is what life is like these days for members of the Perch Patrol Guide Service and Woodland Resort.  Yes, it is what we call the sport show season.  First off, we would like to Thank each and every one of you stopped by and visited us at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show last weekend.  Record attendance was set again.  It truly amazes us how this show continues to grow!

This weekend we are actually attending two shows at the same time.  Half of us will be spreading the good word of Devils Lake fishing in Duluth, Minnesota and the other half of us will be making a return trip to Wausau, Wisconsin.  This is the very first time we have ever attended a sport show in Duluth, Minnesota so that will be kind of interesting to visit with ice anglers in northern Minnesota, Canada, and Wisconsin.  The Wausau show last year was a huge success for us.  I don't think there was a week that went by last season that we didn't have someone in camp from the Wausau, Wisconsin area.  We just had to go back!  So if you are attending either show, please stop by grab a brochure and we will tell you all about the incredible opportunities we are looking forward to on Devils Lake this year.

Needless to say, we haven't had a whole lot of time to fish this past week.  Winter has arrived ahead of schedule for us this year and although we would love to be fishing, we have to honor our commitments to these ice fishing shows as they are planned six months in advance.

It has been very cold here this past week.  Pretty common to see a high of zero during the day and as low as 20 below at night.  The ice is growing!  We already have 11 to 13 inches most places.  Although we don't encourage it quite yet, but in the not so far future I am sure trucks driving on the ice will be a common sight. 

Our first guests arrive this weekend and next week our schedule is nearly full so we will have more reports for you at that time.  Until then, stay safe, stop by and see us at a sport show near you and good luck fishing!


Wednesday, December 4th 2013

We're Back!  Devils Lake is froze over with anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of ice.  So far, we have dodged the snow for the most part.  A little scary yesterday morning as the weather men were predicting 12 to 16 inches for the Devils Lake Region.  We feel very fortunate to have so far, only received an inch or two.  It is hard to tell because the wind has been blowing pretty strong.  The good news is behind this so called winter storm is a bunch of bone chilling cold weather to help make even more ice!

The fishing has been excellent so far!  Some of our guides have been hitting it pretty hard fishing on their own and they have been able to limit out on both perch and walleyes every time they have been out.  The perch outlook for Devils Lake for this upcoming season is one of the strongest we have ever had.  I don't know if you have been following the Perch Patrol Guide Service Page on facebook but we shared an article about the Perch outlook for Devils Lake by our chamber of commerce.  In the article the ND Game and Fish talks about the numbers of 12 to 14 inch perch that is currently in the lake is off the charts!  So that is good news!  Most of us on the Perch Patrol also guide for Mitchell's Guide Service during the open water season.  Although we mostly target walleyes and northern pike, the number of jumbo perch we caught this summer (on accident) was higher than we have ever seen.

We are headed to the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show this weekend and are very excited to visit with fisherman about all the exciting opportunities we have to look forward to this winter.  If you are even thinking about going to the show, you just gotta do it.  It is the largest ice fishing show in the world.  It is literally the Super Bowl of ice fishing.  Tons of seminar speakers, two hundred booths of ice fishing products, resorts, guides, all the new ice fishing innovations, it is just incredible what there is to do and see at this show.  Once again, the Perch Patrol will be there sharing a booth with our "home" Woodland Resort.

Our first guests arrive on December 14th.  If you have not yet made your reservations for this upcoming season, now is the time.  We have never had so many in the books this early in the season, and we are doing three sport shows in the next two weekends.  So if you want to beat the rush, and be more assured of getting the dates you want, we encourage you to do so very soon.

That's all we have for now, hope to see you at the St. Paul Show!

 


Last Season's Reports

Wednesday, April 10 2013

Were Back!!!  Things have improved quite a bit around here.   We do still have quite a bit of snow on Devils Lake but we have found some areas that have less snow and places where the perch have been biting big time!!!  True we cannot drive a truck quite yet where ever we want to but if you are interested in catching the Devils Lake Jumbos we have just the spot or two for you!  By the looks of the 10 day forecast, things are not going to change a whole lot around here.  We are supposed to have 25 to 35 degree highs during the day with lows at night in the teens.  Our ice conditions....we are kind of starting to worry that we already have next years ice.  It's starting to feel like it will never go away.  We are using 1 foot extensions on our augers and by the time the auger goes through we are right down to the gear box.  Easily 35 to 40 inches of ice and growing.

We are in the process of calling those who wanted us to call them back when conditions improved off the list of folks we cancelled.  We are currently taking reservations from April 12 to the end of the month.  I know this sounds crazy and believe me it is, we have never seen such a crazy spring.  But we should have some pretty outstanding fishing between now and ice out.  If you want to put a trip together give us a call, we have plenty of room so does Woodland Resort for the lodging and lets get back to it!!!

These are some pictures from a couple of groups we guided the past couple of weekends that we took out on snowmobiles.

 

 


Saturday, March 16 2013

Thursday, March 16 2013

The Perch Patrol is suspending all of our guide trips until further notice.  We received another 4 inches yesterday and the slush problems have begun.  Another major storm is forecasted to hit us again tomorrow evening and another 6 to 8 inches is heading our way.  We just can't buy a break right now and when it starts to affect the quality of the trip we can provide we are not doing anybody any favors by trying to keep going. 

We will open our doors again for business when our conditions improve.  If we could get some warm temps and begin to shrink some of this snow, we will gladly resume guiding again.  We have know way of predicting when this will happen however as we are dealing with mother nature.  We will let you know via this website through the fishing report page when we re-open.

We are currently in the process of calling all of our guests that we have scheduled in the next 2 weeks and cancelling them.  If you have a trip booked with the Perch Patrol please give us a call (701) 351-3474 for further instructions. 


Wednesday, March 13 2013

Well things have been interesting around here to say the least.  A week ago Monday the Devils Lake area got covered with 13 to 15 inches of snow and that has made travel on Devils Lake VERY diffucult.  If you are planning on coming fishing here in the next two weeks, and are on your own, we highly recommend snowmobiles or track vehicles.  We are using snowmobiles and some areas we are chaining our tires but we do get stuck from time to time.  The 10 day forecast shows one day that is above 33 degrees all the rest it shows 19 to 25 degree highs with single digits and teens for lows.  What an exact opposite from last season.  We will have ice forever it seems.

The good news is the perch fishing has been pretty decent for us lately.  Our best success has been on the forage minnow tipped with 2 or 3 wax worms.  We have had both good numbers and some good size ones as well.  The photos below were taken since our last report.  Amazing what sunny days will help produce.

We do have a few openings, not many but here they are:

March 17 room for 4

March 20 rooom for 10

March 21 room for 8

March 24 room for 5

March 25 thru 27th room for 6

March 30 room for 2

 


Tuesday, February 26  2013

The sun has been shining, the weather has stabilized, no blizzards, no monster cold fronts, and guess what???  The fish are biting!!!

It has been a while since our last report and for that I apologize!   When the fishing is tough, the guides job is a lot more difficult.  We have been putting in some marathon days trying to make things happen out there and I will admit it is very difficult to keep up with fishing reports when your evenings are so short.

The perch fishing the past three or four days has everyone in a stir around here!  We have had quite a few groups limit out and other groups have come close to it.  We are still using the buckshot rattle spoon tipped with either minnow heads, perch eyes, maggots, or wax worms.  The size of the schools of perch we are finding seem to be getting larger.  It is so fun when there is 3 foot thick of them and they decide to compete for your bait! 

The walleye fishing has been fairly decent when it is cloudy out.  Since our last report, the walleye fishing has been the key to our success when we were in the middle of all those fronts moving through and the cloudy, foggy dreary days.  Buckshot Rattle spoons and Forage minnow have been the best tipped with a minnow head.  We have been fishing mainly structure and we did have some pretty good days fishing shorelines in 8 to 10 feet of water as well.

We haven't done a lot of northern pike fishing this season but the days we do go for them it is pretty much a slam dunk.  We had a few fun days in 8 feet of water using just the jig rods.  It is so much fun to feel a northern pike slam your lure in that shallow of water.

We do not have much left for open days for the remainder of this season.  Posted below is the only available dates we have left:

March 20th  room for 6

March 21st  room for 6

March 24th  room for 6

March 25 - 28th room for 12

March 29th room for 7

March 30th room for 8

March 31st room for 12

Have a Great week of fishing everybody!!!


Monday, February 11 2013

Well, we dodged a huge bullet yesterday!!!  The big blizzard went south of us.  Not one inch of snow here on Devils Lake and after hearing some of the amounts of snow that fell in some areas that would have made travel on Devils Lake very difficult.  So we are still able to drive our trucks pretty much everywhere, we do get stuck sometimes but it is mostly due to all the clouds and foggy weather we have had the last three weeks.

There is no secret that the fishing has been slower than normal for us in the perch department the last three weeks but we haven't had exactly "perch" type weather either.  It sure would be nice to see the sunshine for a couple of days in a row!  We are marking all kinds of fish but the perch have developed some lock-jaw on certain days.  The walleye fishing has still been decent on flooded roadbeds, humps, and timber shorelines.  We are doing the best on Northland Buckshot rattle spoons tipped with either minnow heads or wax worms.

On the bright side of things the forecast looks pretty decent coming up.  Hopefully it will stabilize and get some of this high barametric pressure out of here.  We have had some pretty decent catches on both walleyes and perch but don't have table full of limits to show you.

Have a great week and good luck fishing everybody!!!


Tuesday, January 30th 2013

Sorry for the delayed report, things have been a little on the hectic side around here.  The fishing on Devils Lake has been a little on the slower side lately.  The afternoons seem to be the better part of the day for us.  We have had quite a bit of weather thrown our way with some pretty extreme cold fronts and top it off with a full moon and you find yourself scrounging for ever bite you can get.  The perch fishing has probably take the biggest hit.  We have several schools of deep water perch located and we check them as much as possible but they just are not in the feeding mood lately. 

The success we have enjoyed is fishing shallower water in the timber type bites.  These fish seem less affected by the conditions and are much more apt to bite.  The problem is you don't mark near as many fish and you have to be a lot more patient.  The times to fish the hardest and continue jigging is actually when you are not marking anything at all on the Vexilar.  In other words you have to attract them in below your house.  The guys with the rods laying on the ice found a good spot for them because they're not gonna need them.

The fishing has not all been bad however, every day we seem to bring in a mix of limits of walleyes, some perch, and a few northerns as well.  The houses with the bucket full at the end of the day had some guys that fished hard the whole day. 

We are constantly getting calls from folks trying to make a reservation and it is getting challenging trying to find room.  We do have some opening but it is getting hard to find two or three days in a row with vacancy.  I am listing below some dates that we still have some room and if it will work for your party, please give us a call.  As always these available dates are on a first reserved basis.  This schedule will change daily and is subject to change without notice.

February March

6th room for 6

7th room for 12

10th room for 12

13th room for 4

14 room for 12

16 room for 2

17 room for 4

19th room for 5

24th room for 4

28th room for 6

13th room for 12

14th room for 15

15th room for 8

17th room for 6

March 18th through 30 are still pretty open for one of the best times of the season.


Wednesday, January 16th 2013

We have had some very good days since our last report and a few tough days in between.  We survived our first blizzard of the season and we ended up fishing right through it, although our days were shortened a bit.  We were supposed to get 12 to 16 inches of snow, which would have been a major bummer, but we lucked out and only got about 6 inches.  We are still able to drive our trucks with ease for the most part.  You can get stuck if you try to.  We had a lot of wind with the blizzard and it did make some drifts. 

The perch fishing right now is either boom or bust.  The days we do well, we wind up doing really well and the days we don't we stink up the joint.  Thank God for very consistent walleye fishing on those days.  All in all, we seem to be able to make something happen every day which is definitely a product of some pretty good team work going on. 

Our best perch fishing is happening in anywhere from 20 to 44 feet of water.  Still having the best luck on Buckshot rattle spoons and forage minnows tipped with minnow heads or maggots.  The walleye fishing has been incredible!  Some of the best catches have been on humps, flooded points, or any type of structure.  Both the sunrise bite and the before dark bites have been on fire, and there are days when the middle of the day has produced as well.

Our reservations are through the roof!  We have a lot of sold out dates but we still have some room available.  The best advise we can give you is to call us with some dates in mind and we just have to go through the book and see if we can find some dates that will work.

Have a great week everybody!

 


Monday, January 7th 2013

The fishing has been very good at times and other times have been challenging.  The huge perch bite that we enjoyed through the holidays ended when all the fronts started around the New Years Holiday.  But we have found other schools of perch that have given us some nice limits for some of our guests.  The walleye fishing has been the most consistent lately.  The right before dark bite has been spectacular at times.  We are still fishing deep basins for perch and humps, points, and shorelines for walleyes.  Overall we are still able to put together some fantastic days of fishing.  We just have had to be more creative and work a little harder at times to counteract all these warm front/cold front situations mother nature has been throwing at us.

We are still catching most of our perch on buckshot rattle spoons, halis, and genz worms.  Walleyes seem to still inhale the buckshots, jigging raps, and chubby darters. 

The ice conditions keep growing all the time.  We now have a solid 16 to 18 inches everywhere we seem to go and we are driving our trucks.  We have about 2 inches of snow on the ice and it is impossible to get stuck as of yet!!! 

HELP!!!

We had a group of 12 that had reserved the January 21, 22, and 23rd dates and they moved their trip to March.  We have been turning a lot of people away for those 3 days as we were full, but now we have room on these days and we need to fill them up!!!  So if you are reading this report and were told we were full at that time, please call us back as we now have room. 

Busy schedule this year!  If you are planning a trip for February or March, please call us immedietly as dates are filling fast.

Have a great week of fishing everybody!


Thursday, December 27th 2012

Happy Holidays Everybody!!!  Sorry for the delayed report.  Things have been CRAZY BUSY around here.  The past 10 days the perch fishing has been very good.  Today, however, not so good.  This 20 below zero cold front we enjoyed over Christmas did not do us any favors today.  A severe case of "Lock-Jaw" seems to have developed at least for today anyway.  On the bright side of things, our day was salvaged by limits of walleyes caught by our guests before dark.  There was also a fair number of northern pike caught as well.

We are still catching our perch in fairly deep water using buckshot rattle spoons tipped with minnow heads and #8 Genz worms tipped with maggots.  The walleyes we caught today were in anywhere from 14 feet to 22 feet of water.  The early morning bite and the right before dark bite was the two hottest times that produced the most fish today.

The ice conditions on Devils Lake are improving big time!  We are finding 14 to 15 inches pretty much every where now.  Today was the first day we drove our trucks.  It sure felt good to park those ATV's in the garage!  If you are venturing on your own, please use caution around cracks and pressure ridges.

All of our guides are in full swing.  We are hitting many areas of the lake at once, so our list of "hot spots" will continue to grow on a daily basis.  The schedule is jammed packed with guests and we are going to be very busy for the unforeseeable future.  We do still have some openings available in the next two weeks but they are getting more challenging to find.  It is a long season though and we still have plenty of room in February and March.

Have a great week Everybody and have a safe and Happy New Years as well.

 


Sunday, December 16 2012

                Hammer Time!!!

Well, this season is starting out like last year ended.  GANGBUSTERS!  The Jumbo Perch-a-thon has been red hot on Devils Lake this past week.  A very large school of perch was found in 42 feet of water and the Perch Patrol customers cashed in Big time!  Limits of perch have been caught the past 3 days and these are the kind of perch that stop you from reeling for a moment or two.  The walleye fishing has been also very good as well with limits coming in from just about everywhere on the lake.  We can't imagine a better start to this ice fishing season. 

Northland Buckshot rattle spoons, Forage minnows, Genz worms, Hali's with the dropper chain, Stop Light spoons, tipped with minnow heads or loaded up with wax worms have all been successful.  Plain hook and minnow below a bobber has been effective as well. 

The ice conditions are improving all the time.  We have barely any snow on the ice, so without any insulation going on we are making ice quite rapidly.  For the most part the lake has anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of ice but there still could be areas where the ice is thinner.  We strongly recommend 4 wheelers, ATV's and snowmobile for now.  Not enough ice for vehicles quite yet.

We are going to have a very busy season this year.  We have never had so many reservations in the books and as many "sold out" days on the schedule as we do right now this early in the season.  If you are at all serious about making a trip to Devils Lake this winter and fishing with the Perch Patrol, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to get something scheduled very soon.  We want to take you fishing this season and as always once we are full...we are full.  There are still some of our regular every year customers that we have not yet heard from yet.  The word is definitely out on what an awesome season we had last year. 

Have a Great Week Everybody!!!  BE SAFE!!!


Thursday, December 6th 2013

Game ON!!!

 

Perch Patrol Guide Nick Fautsch was one of the first guides on our crew to hit the ice this season and he caught himself a nice limit of 15 to 19 inch walleyes last evening!!!  Way to Nick!  Yes, folks we have fishable ice on Devils Lake and smaller lakes connecting to it.  Ice conditions...well they are kind of all over the board.  The shallower bodies of water on the North and western parts of the lake have had ice for 2 to 3 weeks and the ice is plenty good to walk on and perhaps for 4 wheelers.  The rest of Devils Lake including the main bay and east bays have 4 to 5 inches.  The south shoreline -- specifically Grahams Island, Zieback Pass area the ice opened up and there is quite a stretch of open water still so you probably want to avoid the south end of the Main bay entirely.

We would like to send out a special Thank You to all of you that visited our booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show.  Record attendance was again set at the World's Largest Ice Fishing Show.  It is so fun to visit with people about all the booming fish populations we currently have in Devils Lake right now and tomorrow we get to do it all over again!  We are heading to Rothschild, Wisconson - a suburb of Wausau, for another 3 day show at the Patriot Center.  It has been quite a few years since the Perch Patrol has had the opportunity to work a sport show in Wisconsin.  So, we are extremely excited to be a part of the Wisconsin Ice Fishing Show.  Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, November 28 2012

WE HAVE ICE!!!  As of yesterday the entire Devils Lake has capped over!  This is ahead of schedule from years past.  The shallow bays on the western side of Devils Lake and some of the smaller lakes that are now connected to Devils Lake have had ice for nearly two weeks already have up to 6 inches of ice and there are some people fishing and doing quite well. 

It is bitter sweet to have to leave tomorrow morning.  I am always excited to work our booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show but MAN, I would sure like to wet a line this weekend.   It's times like these where we have to remind ourselves that this is also a job.  SO, yes come and visit us at the World's Largest Ice Fishing Show in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.  This will be held at the River Center which is attatched to the Excell Energy Center.  Of which, thanks to the NHL, will be the closest thing that facility will have to ice this season.

It will be tough to answer emails the next few days, as I will be out of town but you can always reach me on the Perch Patrol Hotline (701) 351-3474.  If I do not answer, please leave a message and I will try to return calls in the morning before the show starts.

We have been taking a ton of reservations lately and there is plenty of prime dates still available but they aren't going to stay that way for ever.  So if you can't make it to this show and want to be assured of getting the dates you want this season, give us a call or Woodland Resort a call, and let's get your group in the books!

Have a great week and we hope to see you at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show!!!


Tuesday, November 20 2012

Greetings Everybody!  Well things are starting to happen around here.  No ice on Devils Lake quite yet but the water temperature is 33 degrees.  Some of the smaller lakes and ponds do have ice anywhere from 3 to 6 inches.  We are one cold front away from Devils Lake freezing over so long as the winds are calm.  Hopefully we can build some decent ice before the snow flies.

Our new fleet of Vexilars came last Friday, and our Fish Trap Thermals came today!  So we will be busy getting our gear ready and houses put together very soon.  I hate to brag, but I can say with all honesty that the Perch Patrol is coming off of perhaps our best ice fishing season last year and one of our best summers being this past one.  The fish numbers and size on Devils Lake is the best in years!!!  The perch numbers are way up again and so are the walleye populations.  These are facts that have been released by our North Dakota Game and Fish Biologist Randy Hiltner.  I believe him too, Randy is a very good biologist and when he talks about fish populations on Devils Lake, I listen!

We are also gearing up for the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show the first weekend in December (Nov.30, Dec.1, Dec.2).  This is by far the worlds largest ice fishing show of its kind and myself along with Woodland Resort owner Kyle Blanchfield, will be sharing a booth, handing out brochures, and visiting with ice fishermen.  New this year, we will be also taking the show a little farther down the road as we will be traveling to Wausau, Wisconsin the second weekend in December (Dec. 7,8,and 9th).  We are VERY excited to doing an ice fishing show in Wisconsin again.  It has been quite a few years since the old shows in Madison.  So we are looking forward to a return trip to the Land of Cheese!

If you are serious about making a trip out to see us this year and fish with the Perch Patrol Guide Service, whether it is on the Perch Express Package or you wish to fish with us by the day, I am encouraging you to make your reservations NOW.  The reservations we currently have in our books at this point is at an all time high and you can get in ahead of when we go to work the booth at these two 3 day ice fishing shows.

I will be posting more on a weekly basis once we start fishing.

Stay Safe!

Steve "Zippy" Dahl

Director, Perch Patrol Guide Service, LLC

 


Last Year's Fishing Reports


Sunday, March 18 2012

Turn out the lights the party's over...The 2012 ice fishing season came to an abrupt end this past week and put an end to one of the best ice fishing seasons in the history of Perch Patrol Guide Service.  Record high temperatures all week long, wind and the lack of freezing at night, were all contributing factors that made for unsafe ice conditions on Devils Lake.  We have never seen our ice go so fast as it did this past week.  We went from driving our vehicles on Monday, to ATV's on Tuesday, to quitting on Thursday.  I talked to a few local diehards last night that were walking out yesterday (Saturday) and they said by the end of the day they could feel the ice flexing as they walked and they were all very happy to get back on shore yesterday afternoon. It is time to be done!!!  No fish is worth a potential tragedy.

We want to Thank all of our guests that made the trip to Devils Lake to fish with us this season.  We had a phenomenal season.  Not every group hammered them but a large majority of you had some pretty incredible fishing.  The perch numbers are definitely up from what they have been in the past and of course our walleye fishing and northern pike fishing is still some of the best on the planet.

We also want to encourage those of you that we had to cancel this past week.  It was one of the tougher phone calls to make because we know how much the people in your party looked forward to coming up here and fishing.  We hope you will strongly consider rescheduling for next season.

We also want to encourage all of our guests to come and fish with us this summer.  All of the guides on the Perch Patrol guide for Mitchell's Guide Service based out of Woodland Resort.  All of us run 20 foot boats and can handle groups of 2 or 3 people in our boats.  We mainly target walleyes, northern pike, and white bass.  The perch for the most part, get the summers off!

This is our last fishing report for this ice fishing season.  If you would like to continue reading fishing reports all summer long we would like to invite you to visit the Mitchell's Guide Service web site at www.fishdevilslake.net

Again, we would like to Thank all of you for coming and fishing with us this season and we hope to see you again very soon!!!


Tuesday, March 13 2012

Well things have changed considerably since our last report.  We apologize for the delayed report and sorry there are no pics to accompany this report.  We will post them in a day or two...

For now we need to focus on the ice conditions.  In the 18 year history of the Perch Patrol Guide Service, we have never seen ice conditions deteriorate so rapidly.  Record high temperatures and 20 to 30 mph hour winds the last 4 days have taken their toll on the ice covering Devils Lake.  The other major issue is that we are not freezing at night, so we basically have a 24 hour meltdown going on here.

In the interest of safety and safety only the Perch Patrol Guide Service is calling it a year on Thursday, March 15th.  We have called the remaining groups on our schedule and if you have not heard from us yet, we will be calling you very shortly.  There is just no hope for this ice...The forecast for this Saturday is 72 degrees!!!

We are as disappointed as the rest of you, we have been enjoying one of the best years on Devils Lake for both Perch and Walleyes that we have ever seen!  We want to Thank all of you that fished with us this year and also those of you that booked a trip with us that we had to cancel.  We want to make sure we are both here next year to do it all over again.  Please be safe if you choose to venture out on the ice no matter where you live and just remember no fish is worth risking a life over...

Good Luck and God Bless!

Steve "Zippy" Dahl

Director, Perch Patrol Guide Service


Saturday, March 3 2012

Its Here!!!  March Madness is officially underway!   The schools of fish are larger, the weather is beautiful and the fishing is EXCELLENT!!!  The forecast the next 10 days is looking absolutely dynamite!  There is talk of highs in the mid to high 30s and lower 40s with not a lot of wind.  This is one of our favorite times of year.  When it is nice enough to fish outside and do a little hole hoppin, it is so much easier to stay on the schools of perch.

The past week and a half was the most winter type weather we had all winter on Devils Lake.  We seemed to experience a major front about every three days.  The fishing was a little more challenging as the perch did develop a small case of lock jaw on certain days but we also had some pretty incredible days between and on a couple of occasions during the fronts.  We have had some groups do incredibly well some others maybe struggled at times but the last couple of days the perch fishing has really picked up.

Looking through the schedule, things look very busy and it is very hard to find openings on certain days.  We are going to try and simplify things a bit and post some of the dates we do have some room.  If any of these dates work for you, give us a call and we will do our best to work your group in:  The dates not listed below are full:

**THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, WITHOUT NOTICE.  WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP THIS UPDATED, BUT IT DOES CHANGE HOUR TO HOUR.  SO FOR THE MOST ACCURATE AVAILABILITY, PLEASE CALL THE PERCH PATROL HOTLINE. 

Perch Patrol Hotline (701) 351-3474 

Woodland Resort (701) 662-5996.

March 11-  Room for 2

March 12 - Room for 2

 

March 19 - Room for 10

March 20 - Room for 12

March 21 - Room for 4

March 23 - Room for 6

March 24 - Room for 2

March 25 - Room for 4

March 26 - Room for 4

March 27 - Room for 8

March 28 - Room for 8

March 29 - Room for 8

March 30 - Room for 4

March 31 - Room for 4

 


 

Thursday, February 23 2012

Not quite as much fun to write this week's fishing report.  The tops turvy weather pattern began on Monday and the incredible perch fishing we have enjoyed so far this season went right down the crapper!  The bite since mid afternoon Monday has been darn tough.  We are still marking fish but it is very difficult to get them to bite.  The biters turned in to sniffers on us and we have not yet found another aggressive school since.  We have been all over the lake, hitting traditional spots that are normally producing this time of year but it seems to be the same sniffers every where.  The good news is that we did find a lot more spots that definitely deserve a pay back visit to in the near future when our weather stabilizes.

Without sounding too negative we want to tell you that earlier in the week and over the weekend we did enjoy some pretty incredible fishing.  We did have some groups limit out on perch and we did catch some very nice walleyes with the perch.  We are still finding most of our fish deep.  We have been still catching most of our fish on Northland Buckshot Rattlespoon tipped with a minnow head and Forage minnows have been working as well.

The ice conditions are still about the same.  Crystal clear 24 inches of ice with very little snow on it.  We have never enjoyed such easy access on Devils Lake as we have this year. 

The schedule is really booking up.  It is starting to get challenging to find room for groups that desire to fish 3 days in a row.  We do still have room but it is gradually filling up.  With February coming to a close a lot of groups are looking forward to March Madness. 

Good luck fishing this week everybody!


Wednesday, February 15  2012

Wow!  Another incredible week of fishing!  The Perch fishing has been very good this past week for both numbers and size.  We are not quite catching limits, we did have a few groups limit out but most others came pretty close.  What is most impressive is the overall size of the perch.  These are true Devils Lake Jumbos.  The kind of perch that stop you from reeling and take out a little drag on the way up!  This has been an absolute incredible ice fishing season so far and barring cold fronts and bad weather, we expect it to get better with each passing week.

The walleye fishing and pike fishing remain very strong as well.  Honestly, we haven't fished much of either with the perch fishing being so good.   We are still having our best luck on minnow heads below a Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon.  Perch eyes have been working good too.

We are still enjoying very little snow on all parts of Devils Lake.  The ice conditions have been growing as well.  We are finding 20 to 24 inches of crystal clear - premium ice.  This is good to see, we need this ice to last through the month of March.

The schedule is filling fast.  It is hard to find room on a lot of days.  We have several dates that are sold out but we do still have plenty of dates that are half to 3/4 full.  We are enjoying one of the best ice fishing seasons we have had in recent years and if you are planning a trip in late February or the month of March, you need to get this trip scheduled immediately.  We don't like turning anyone away but when we are full we are full.

Have a great week of fishing everybody.


Tuesday, February 7 2012

It has been an interesting week weather wise and the fishing has followed suit.  Towards, the beginning of the week we were pretty fogged in for the most part.  We did have some decent catches of fish but we also had some pretty slow days as well.  When the sun came back out over the weekend fishing improved dramatically.  Our concentration has shifted more to the perch but we also had some groups that fished walleyes and northern pike and as you can see from the photos below, they did have some success.

Our best perch bite has been in anywhere from 26 feet to 54 feet of water.  We have been getting some decent walleyes with the perch.  It is so fun to find schools of fish that are two to three feet thick at times, on the vexilar.  Every time we set the hook you're not real sure what its is going to be.  We are still having the best luck jigging Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoons tipped with either a minnow head or a perch eye.

Our ice conditions continue to grow.  We are finding 20 to 22 inches of ice now most everywhere.  The weather did turn cold on us today and I am sure we are growing more ice as I type this report.

To sum it all up, we had a little slower week of fishing but we did have some days and groups that were very good.  The best is still yet to come.  It has been a phenomenal season so far and Devils Lake has some of the best ice fishing conditions throughout the ice belt.  Come on up and see us...You won't be disappointed!!!  We would love to have you!

Have a great week and we hope to see you on the ice.

 


Tuesday, January 31 2012

The fishing on Devils Lake still remains very good.  We have had some changing weather patterns and some fronts come through since our last report.  These changing conditions definitely slowed things down but the good news is the bite did rebound quite nicely when the weather straightened out.  We have had some excellent perch days on the nice days and some very good walleye fishing as well.  With less snow on the ice this year, the perch pattern seems to revolve more around the sunshine.  In other words sunny days have been producing better perch fishing than the cloudy days.

Whether we are fishing walleyes or perch the go to lure has been the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with a minnow head.  This has been by far out producing jigs with waxies or eurolarvea.  For the Perch we have been using the 1/16 or 1/8 oz buckshot spoons and for walleyes we have been using the 1/8 or 1/4 oz spoons.  Our best depths for perch have been anywhere from 26 to 60 feet of water.  Quite a depth range but honestly with the perch numbers on the upside the depths we are finding them are many.  Our best walleye spots have been in a number of locations as well.  We have had success along and on top of flooded roadbeds, humps, flooded points and in 6 to 8 feet of water along shorelines.

The ice conditions on Devils Lake are very good.  We are finding 18 to 20 inches pretty much everywhere now but you still have to be careful around pressure ridges and cracks.  Shallow flooded roads can be a danger zone too especially if there are old culverts and it is very important to know where they once existed.

Our schedule has kept us very busy.  With the month of February here we do have quite a bit of room available on certain days and we would love to have you.  March is filling fast and if you are planning a March trip you need to make that reservation soon or we may not have room for you.

Have a great week, be safe, and we hope to see you very soon!


Friday, January 20 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been another pretty incredible week of fishing!  We had some solid walleye fishing at the beginning of the week and we ended the week with some awesome perch fishing including today.  All this despite a major cold front during the middle of the week.  A big congratulations goes out to Matt Anderson from Forest Lake, MN on his 11 pound 1 ounce whopper club walleye!  Matt's wife Lisa bought him the 2 day Perch Express keeper package for his birthday.  Congratulations Matt and Happy Birthday!

The best walleye fishing has been on the humps both right away in the morning and right before dark.  Number 3 Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head has been by far the go to combination.  For the Perch, we have been fishing a lot of 30 to 40 foot depths.  Number 2 Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons with smaller minnow heads or Forage minnows tipped with minnow heads have been working the best.  We have tried wax worms and maggots but the minnow heads seem to work better.

We have been on quite a roll so far this season.  It is amazing how with very little snow how much more active the fish seem to be.  Not to mention we can go places that we couldn't dream of getting to the past couple of seasons.  If you are venturing out on your own...Be careful!!!  We are not driving everywhere.  We currently have 16 to 18 inches of ice but please find out from the local bait shops where some of the late open water spots are and exercise caution when navigation around or over pressure ridges and cracks.

The schedule is filling fast.  We hope to see you on the ice!

Have a Great week Everybody.

 


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sorry everyone for the delayed report.  Things have been very BUSY around here.  The fish are biting, the phones are ringing, emails are pouring in...It's hard to keep up!  It has been a very hectic week but the good news is the fishing has been spectacular.  When I say spectacular, I mean we are hitting on all cylinders.  Excellent Walleye fishing, Excellent Perch Fishing, Excellent Northern Pike Fishing, heck we've even caught some 3 pound White Bass.  It is hard to know where to start the day and where to end the day.  I know one thing for sure, it isn't going to stay like this forever.

We just experienced a major cold front.  Yesterday we had winds that gusted over 40 mph and this morning it was 25 below with the wind chill.  The good news is we are back in the ice making business.  We have started driving our trucks to many of the locations we are fishing.  We are finding ice in the 14 to 16 inch range.  We still have NO SNOW!!!  It sure is nice to have a season that we can go where ever we want.  If you are venturing out on your own keep your eyes peeled for pressure ridges and cracks, we do have a lot of them.  Most of the them we are able to either find a way around em or we find a flat spot that we can get across.  You should check the ice thickness if you are going to cross them with a vehicle.

Our schedule is really starting to fill up.  We do still have room available but it is getting a little more challenging finding room for larger groups.  If you are planning to fish Devils Lake this winter with the Perch Patrol, you need to put some dates together and get your group coordinated and get on our schedule immediately.  We certainly don't want you to miss out on what is shaping up to be one of our best seasons in a long time.

Have a great Week of Fishing and We hope it is with us!!!


Tuesday, January 3 2012

We hope everyone had a Happy New Year.  Another solid week of fishing on Devils Lake but it ended with our first major cold front of the season.  We had winds that gusted over 50 miles an hour on New Years Day followed by some frigid cold temperatures yesterday.  Now today back to 40 degrees.  This weather is definitely on a roller coaster ride.  The sad part is we are not building a whole lot of ice.  We are able to drive our trucks on some parts of the lake where we find 14 to 16 inches but the main lake and all parts east are still in that 10 to 12 inch range.  We are lucky to have as much ice as we currently have. 

The walleye fishing and pike fishing is still very good, the exception being the cold front we just had.  During that time the bite was very short lived, right at dark.  Most of the day it was hard to even mark a fish.  But today was significantly better, the northern pike came back to life first and the from noon on the walleyes decided to eat.  We also managed to get some perch in the same areas.  One of our guides, Tom Backer, even got a 14 3/4 inch 2 pound 2 oz. perch this past week.  Take a look at below in the photos, you won't miss it.

We are still catching the majority of our fish on Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons and Lindy Rattlin Flyer spoons tipped with minnow heads.  We are still finding most of our fish shallow in 8 to 14 feet of water.

We do still have plenty of room the rest of this week and this weekend and the fishing could not get a whole lot better.  So if you have the time and want to experience some great days on the ice...Give us a call.  From January 13th on things get crazy around here and it is getting tough to find room on certain days.

Have a Great week of fishing, and we hope to see you on the ice.


Monday, December 26 2011

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  It hardly seemed like Christmas with no snow but it was a nice break for all of us to spend some time with our families.  This past week the Perch Patrol has been continuing to enjoy some of the best walleye fishing we have ever had this time of year.  We have been fortunate enough to bring in our limits everyday but the impressive part is the average size of them.  The northern pike fishing has been nothing short of spectacular at times as well.

Our best success has been jigging Northland Buckshot Rattlespoons, Lindy Rattlin Flyer Spoons, and the Rapala Jigging Shad Rap.  All of course tipped with a minnow head.  We have been finding most of our better fishing in anywhere from 7 to 9 feet of water.

As much fun as it is to enjoy the "no snow" conditions we do need some cold weather.  Our ice conditions have not been changing much.  Currently we still are sitting at anywhere from 11 to 13 inches on the west part of the lake and 9 to 10 inches on the main lake and all parts east of it.  We have heard some reports of open water by the bridges, in front of the Pepsi Barn on the north end of 6 mile bay, and along highway 20 on the west side of Black Tiger Bay.  Why the latter of the two spots remain open is a mystery.  We do still have some waterfall in the area and perhaps they are the culprets keeping this water open.  Be careful out there and make sure you know the ice thickness you are travelling on!

We have very busy answering the Perch Patrol Hotline and the fishermen are scheduling trips.  We have a staff of 6 guides this year and it takes a lot to fill us.  We do have some sold out dates but we have a lot that are not and we would love to get your group scheduled into some of these as soon as possible.  The conditions are setting up to be the best for getting around the lake that we have seen in years and this could go down as one of the best ice fishing seasons Devils Lake has had in twenty years!  I am going to leave you with a quote from our former ND Game and Fish Director the late Dean Hildebrand..."The Good Old Days on Devils Lake are happening right now!" 

Happy Holidays Everybody!

 


Sunday, December 18 2011

What a great week of fishing!  This is easily shaping up to be one of the best early ice seasons on Devils Lake in the past five years.  There is ZERO snow.  Did you catch that?  Let me say that again...ZERO Snow!!! Anglers are able to go anywhere they want to fish right now and the way the walleye fishing has been this past week it's hardly even fair!  Both for numbers and size, the walleye fishing has been incredible.  We have also been catching a lot of nice northern pike and a few perch, but I have to admit we have not spent any time pursuing the perch yet. In the areas that we normally fish perch, the ice thickness has been quite a bit behind the areas that we are fishing walleyes and northerns, but it is catching up rather quickly. 

The ice conditions on the main lake, including Creel Bay, the Towers, and East Bay are nearing the 8 inch mark.  The ice on all parts west of the main lake are anywhere from 11 to 13 inches.  We are still using ATV's and are ferrying our guests out in trailers.  Makes for quite the adventure.  Christmas carols are encouraged!

Our schedule really picks up after Christmas and yes, we are guiding through the New Years Holiday.  If you want to experience some of this incredible fishing, we strongly encourage you to organize your group and make that reservation as soon as possible as things are filling in quite rapidly.  As long as we have no snow, we do have glare ice and it is VERY slippery.  We strongly encourage you and everyone in your fishing party to bring ice cleats. 

Have a great week and be safe out there!  We hope to see you very soon!

 


Sunday, December 11 2011

 

            Game ON!!!

 

We have ice and the fish are biting!!!  Dave Randash of the Perch Patrol along with Jay Kula and John Adams had an excellent day limiting out on Walleyes today.  Yesterday they did very well northern pike fishing but forgot to bring the camera along.  These walleyes averaged between two and three pounds and they had a couple of four pounders as well.  A fun day on the ice and they were even back in time to watch the Vikings fumble away a game winning touchdown.

Ice conditions are improving but the weather the past two days has been around 30 degrees so it hasn't made much over the weekend.  We have kind of a 2 phase ice report to tell you about.  The western and Northwestern parts of the lake have had ice for about three weeks and it is very common to find 9 to 11 inches of good ice.  The main lake and the all parts east of it just froze over last Sunday afternoon.  So on these parts of the lake it is considerable less ice but the reports we have been hearing so far are anywhere from 3 to 6 inches.

We have not done any perch fishing as of yet just because the areas where we would be more inclined to find perch does not have enough ice yet for us to be comfortable with.  We need another cold snap and the ice will grow rapidly.  We have absolutely no snow to insulate the ice and this is a good thing.  Wouldn't it be nice to grow 12 to 18 inches of ice before the snow starts to fall?  Imagine no slush issues!  I don't think we would know how to even navigate.

We would like to thank all of you that stopped by to visit us at our booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show.  The show was a huge success with record crowds and we would like to doubly thank all of you that booked trips at the show and this past week.  Things are really picking up reservation wise and we want to encourage all of you who are thinking about a Perch Express trip or an outing with The Perch Patrol this winter to call and reserve this as soon as possible as dates are starting fill quite rapidly.  We are looking forward to an excellent winter on Devils Lake this season and so far mother nature is cooperating fully with holding off on all the snowfall we have experienced in years past.

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!  Have a Great week and above all be SAFE out there!


Wednesday, November 30 2011

Greetings everybody!  No ice conditions to report yet but the weather is definitely getting colder.  We had a wild and crazy summer.  The walleye fishing could not have been better.  I have fished Devils Lake all of my life and it is amazing to me how every year tops the previous one.  It really is incredible.  Lots of good news to report according to our friends at the ND Game and Fish Department the perch numbers are up!!!  We believe them too as we did catch more this summer while walleye fishing that any of us can ever remember. 

 

We are gearing up for the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show once again at the Excel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.  The dates of the show are December 1,2,and 3rd.  We are again teaming up with Woodland Resort and will be answering questions and passing out our new brochures.

We are looking forward to an excellent winter.  Based on last winter's success and this summer, there should be plenty of perch, walleyes, and northern pike to chase.  Hopefully we can get a winter without 3 feet of snow covering the ice.  Oh well, if we do...so be it.  We are more geared up than ever with mattrack machines to handle it.  We have a great staff of guides again this year and I gaurantee you there's no quit in these guys!!!

Now is the perfect time to gather your ice fishing buddies and pick a time to come and fish with us this winter.  We encourage all larger groups to call in and make your reservations early while the schedule has room.  The phones and reservations have already picked up and will continue to do so as we get winter started.  We invite you to come and fish with us...We would love to have you!

Steve "Zippy" Dahl

Director, Perch Patrol Guide Service


2011 Fishing Reports


Monday, February 21, 2011

Lake conditions have improved dramatically in the last two weeks.  We were finally lucky enough to catch a break and receive a week to 10 days of warm weather (30 to 43 degrees) that helped us shrink some snow.  We lost at least 40 percent of the snow that we had and what is remaining is rock hard and we are able to drive our trucks right over the top of it.  So we are able to finally get to some areas that have not been fished all season.  Spots that were impossible to get to because of too much heavy snow or slush issues are now accessible.  We are still travelling in pairs as it is possible to still get stuck and slush spots can still be found but they are a lot more rare than they were two weeks ago.

The fishing has picked up as well.  The groups that were here during the warm spell did quite well on perch and we have been catching some walleyes as well.  But the cold front that made the snow rock hard is still lingering and has made perch fishing quite a bit more difficult.  We are marking them constantly but it is hard to get them to bite.  It seems like they bite in spurts.  Just when we are about to give up they seem to turn on for a while.  The perch we have been catching are the true jumbos and we have caught a lot that have easily averaged over a pound.

According to the forecast, it sounds like it is going to stay on the cold side for quite a while.  This should prolong our season until the end of March.  Last year March was by far our best month for perch so as soon as this weather straightens out and stabilizes...look out we should have some fantastic fishing ahead of us. 

It is hard to find room for groups before the 20th of March.  We do have some availiblilty March 13 - 17th but other than that the only available dates we have left is after March 20th.

Good Luck Fishing Everybody!

 
 
 
 

Monday, February 7 2011

Sorry for the delayed report, things have been quite busy around here.  The fishing has been on the slow side overall.  We have had some good days but just when we find a new school of fish we seem to get bombarded with another cold front.  This has been the toughest winter the Perch Patrol has ever seen in its history.  Not only are the lake conditions the worst we have ever seen as far as heavy snow and slush areas but the inconsistent weather patterns have made this one tough year to find and catch fish every day. 

We are still busy guiding every day and it seems the bite really seems to pick up when the sun is shining.  This may have to do with visibility issues improving when the sun is out.  With all the heavy snow it has to be darker on the bottom of the lake and when it is cloudy all the time, it just seems that it takes a lot longer to mark and catch fish.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to dress properly.  We have had some clients show up with blue jeans and tennis shoes.  This is not acceptable and you will be brought to a store to do a little shopping!!!  You need to keep in mind that with these conditions we are not able to drive our trucks on the lake.  The Perch Patrol Guides are doing everything we can to get you to our fishing spots.  Some of the guides are using snowmobiles which do not have a heated cab.  Some of the areas we are fishing have some slush issues.  So you are going to need some water proof boots that are warm as well.  Muck Boots seem to be the best.

If you are planning to come and fish Devils Lake on your own, we would like to give you some advice...

1)  Bring snowmobiles or some kind of track machine

2)  Always carry a rope and shovel with you

3)  Never travel alone.  Bring two snowmobiles or two track machines so you can pull each other out if needed

4)  Always carry a working cellular phone

5)  Watch for new and fresh cracks these happen daily and you can plan on finding lots of slush near them.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Perch Patrol is back in action!!!  We got what we wished for and that was cold temperatures.  Enough now, a little moderation of say "anything ABOVE zero" would be great.  Some of the slush did heal up in certain spots and the ice did get thicker, but the heavy snow is still here and did not go anywhere.  We are done driving our trucks because you just can't get anywhere.  Some of the guides are using snowmobiles, some have polaris rangers on mattracks and also the suburban on Mattracks you see on the home page of the website.

The fishing has been a little spotty. We have had some decent days but the before dark walleye bite has us puzzled.  We mark and catch walleyes during the morning bite, and pick away at a few during the day and we expect big things to happen during the prime hours of 3:30 to 5:30 and we barely even mark a fish.  It could be the full moon phase that has their feeding hours messed up or the every other day front that moves through.

This has been by far the toughest January the Perch Patrol has ever seen and it is all due to the heavy snow.  But we are adapting and learning a bit more every day on how to deal with it.  It has hampered our mobility and we just can't split up and fish different parts of the lake like we are accustomed to.  We stick together and help each other not only find fish but during the times of need...getting stuck and break downs as well.  The good news is we have been through the worst of it!  The weather is supposed to warm up, and hopefully stabilize as well.  This should improve our fishing.  Our job is ten times easier when the fish are biting.  It is not all gloom and doom, we have had some success this past week and we have posted some photos for you to enjoy.


Monday, January 10, 2011

The Perch Patrol Guide Service has suspended operations until Tuesday, January 18th.  On Sunday January 8th we had a terrible accident that has our guide staff pretty shaken up right now.  One of our guides had his 4 wheel drive crew cab truck go through the ice and it is currently sitting on the bottom of Devils Lake in Fort Totten Bay.  Thank God nobody was injured and everyone was able to escape the vehicle before it went through the ice but the whole experience has been an eye opener for us.  This has never happened in the 16 years of the Perch Patrol history and do not want this to ever happen again.

We have a tremendous amount of snow cover on Devils Lake and it is creating problems for us.  Not only does it hamper our ability to get around, it insulates the ice and creates slush issues.  This particular incident happened on a trail that a crack that formed overnight ran along side.  The front tire of the vehicle fell through the crack and forced a chunk of ice to break off.  The ice was 18 inches thick on the spot where this happened and we believe the crack had more to do with the cause of this than anything. 

We want to error on the side of safety and are in the process of postponing all guide trips until this next cold front passes through this weekend.  The forecast is calling for 15 to 25 below zero temperatures beginning on Friday and with these cold temps the ice will not only thicken but also some of the slush under the snow will be given a chance to heal up.

The walleye fishing has started to pick up this past week but we have had some pretty major cold fronts this past weekend that slowed things up a bit.  On Friday the wind blew 40 miles per hour and it blew around the snow making it tough to see.  Saturday fishing was considerably better and we did have some groups limit out on walleyes. 

We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this suspension of operations may cause all of the customers that we had scheduled and want to thank all of you for understanding.  We want to be able to provide a safe experience for everyone and it is way better to be safe than to take any chances.


Saturday, Jan 1, 2010

Happy New Year Everybody!!!  Ice conditions on Devils Lake have been a major disappointment so far this season.  Heavy snow on top of 12 to 15 inches of ice have created a slushy mess out there so far.  But things are starting to improve!  Bitter cold temperatures over the New Years Holiday have started to heal things a bit.  The slush is starting to freeze again and the ice is slowly growing in thickness. 

Our first Perch Patrol clients arrived on December 27 through the 30th.  We mainly fished for walleyes and did fairly decent.  We caught a lot of fish but we had to weed through a lot of small walleyes.  The larger 18 to 20 inch fish only bit for a limited time early in the morning and right before dark. 

We are continuing to search for new areas to fish.  With the storm that passed through here the past 3 days it is going to take a bit before the country roads are opened up. 

I have been talking with a lot of you on the Perch Patrol Hotline and from the sounds of it Devils Lake is not alone with these conditions.  It sounds like the whole ice belt has heavy snow issues.  The only savior that we can hope for is cold weather.  We need a week or so of that 10 to 20 below zero stuff and I think a lot of our problems will be solved.  So, don't right us off...Lake conditions can change overnight.

 

Thursday, Dec. 16 2010

Well, things looked a lot rosier before yesterday happened.  We had been pretty lucky dodging all these heavy snowfalls that kept going south of us and then boom...our turn.  We got 12 to 15 inches dumped on us all day yesterday.  We are pretty lucky in the fact that by avoiding the heavy snow for so long, the lake was making pretty good ice.  So far we have as much as 12 to 14 inches on the bays and 8 to 10 on the main lakes.  But now that ice building will be a little slower as this heavy snowfall will definitely be an insulator.

What does all this mean???  It means travel on Devils Lake is going to be a lot more difficult.  We have been dealing with this same problem, the past 3 seasons.  Because of this, both Woodland Resort and the Perch Patrol are more equipped to handle these situations than ever before in either of our ice fishing histories.  We have spent a lot of money investing in Mattracks for ATV's and vehicles and Hugglund SUSVs.  All of this, to better equip ourselves to get our customers where they need to be to catch fish.  So, turn that frown upside down!!!  Our fishing spots just got a little more private as of yesterday. 

We have been very busy taking reservations and gearing up for what looks to be an extremely busy winter.  We still have plenty of room to take your party fishing and we would love to take you fishing this winter.  Most of the the Woodland rental houses are now on the lake and some of them have have been producing some nice catches of perch, walleyes, and northern pike.  The first customers for the Perch Patrol arrive on December 27th.  The Perch Patrol have been busy putting their new Fish Trap Thermos together and getting geared up for another busy winter.


Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Season's Greetings everybody!  Well she turned white and cold on us here in the north country.  Devils Lake is froze over and has been for soon a week now.  We are making ice folks and that is a beautiful thing!  We just received our shipment of the new Fish Trap Thermo X's from Clam Corp, a sure sign winter is here.  Tomorrow we will be heading to St. Paul, Minnesota for the St. Paul Ice Fishing show.  It is the largest ice fishing show in the world.  Once again the Perch Patrol will share a booth with Woodland Resort.  We will be handing out brochures, answering questions, and talkin ice fishing.  If you get a chance, please stop by and say "hi"

While we are in the cities, we will be picking up our new Strikemaster augers and 24 Vexilars for our clients to use this upcoming season.  We did request some of the new Vexilar FL-22's.  There supply is low however so we may not get all of them that we requested.  But there will be 24 units, and they will all have a bottom zoom and that is the most important feature for us fishing Devils Lake.

The phone has been ringing and the emails have been pouring in, lots of groups making reservations.  This is the Perch Patrol's 16th year of operation and we are looking forward to another successful season.  The World Famous Perch Express is still our most popular package and Thanks to you, our customers, it is still the top rated ice fishing adventure in the ice fishing industry. 

Now is the perfect time to plan your ice fishing adventure to Devils Lake this winter.  We still have most dates open and we want to take your group fishing with us this season.  No group too big or small.  We are anticipating a great winter.  Our perch population is as strong as it has been in quite a while, the walleye fishing is some of the best in North America, and our northern pike are as hungry and as plentiful as they normally are.  We have a lot of good things happening in our lake and we believe all of our species will be hitting on all cylinders this upcoming season.


Friday, November 12, 2010

 


 

 

 

 

 

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