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January2011

We are getting a lot of walleyes in deep water.

Posted: January 25, 2011

Fishing is Up and down along with the weather. Front after front after front along with the full moon has made fishing spotty this last week. We are getting a lot of walleyes in deep water. You have to sort to get a good catch of eaters. The Perch are also hit and miss here one day gone the next. We do have two Suburbans on tracks and one Polaris Ranger on tracks so the snow isn’t the issue. We have to pick and choose the areas we fish due to cracks and slush. Slush is no fun with tracks freezing up and breaking things. One thing with all the snow is I have not seen another fisherman in a week so we have no pressure this year. Well I better get back to fishing.
Be Safe.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eyes Guide Service

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We got what we wished for and that was cold temperatures.

Posted: January 24, 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.

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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fishing remains fair with few reports from time to time.

Posted: January 21, 2011

Hello, snow continues to make fishing difficult this year. Sled traffic or anything with tracks please! Best for everyones safety. As for fishing, it remains fair with few reports from time to time. In front of the casino has been decent for walleyes and perch. Get in the 18-22 FOW along the ridge line and move around. Perch are also being reported out deeper of swanson’s point in front of the casino….34-44 FOW…difficult bite but has been decent some days. Doc hagens remains fair in 12-22 FOW for mix of walleyes and perch. Ft. Totten area reamins good but use extreme caution  because of all the water and slush. Fish the humps and bird island down in Ft. Totten. Other walleye spots are the towers, Walfords bay, Miltary Point, Rocky point and Stromme addition. Find structure anywhere from 8-22 FOW. Perch areas are south end of black tiger, in front of the dome  house, casino area, mouth of creel, and in front of the country club. 34-50 FOW depending on which area you fish. Buckshots, macho minnows, Lindy darters, and the new live forage baits from northland have been the best tipped with minnow heads, wax worms, or spikes. Pike fishing remains fair north end of Walfords and north end of Six Mile Bay. Reports from the West end of the lake have been very few and not very posative. Big Ice fishing tourney next weekend, stop in and get everything you need for your day on the lake! We have the LARGEST selection of tackle in the lake region…we can help you out with everything you need. Good fishing and good luck!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Forcasted cold weather should really help add some more ice and firm up the base we have.

Posted: January 11, 2011

The battle continues!  Fishing this past week has seen some ups and downs.  Our up’s are decent fishing at times.  We do have all 21 houses on the lake.  Some have produced some excellent pike and walleye fishing. Our perch bite is slow, but the perch our guests are getting tend to be jumbos.   Seems like every day is different, some are pretty good and some are lousy. Our crew continues to work hard at moving our houses daily to new places looking or the best bite in our area.  We now have houses in the Doc Hagen’s area, Rocky Point, Military Point, Wolford’s bay, Dome house area, North Creel bay, and mid Creel bay.  I have included some photos of recent fish caught from our houses below.  The down side is vehicle access.  Generally we plow quite a few miles of roads in our area.  Due to heavy and very hard snow our trails are very limited.  We have some trails plowed in Creel bay, and a good trail in Wolford’s bay.  Our Creel roads have been flooding in many places, so they are limited.  As ice conditions improve we will venture out with our large tuck to enhance these trails and look for dry roads.  Our biggest fears came true on Sunday when one of the guides that work for the Perch Patrol broke through the ice in Ft. Totten bay.  All occupants were lucky to get out of the truck before it sank into 40 feet of water.  With this being said, we are doing our best to ensure the safest conditions for our guests available.  Forcasted cold weather should really help add some more ice and firm up the base we have.

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Enter to win a guided fishing trip for 2 to Devils Lake

Posted: January 10, 2011

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Alright hockey fans, fishing fans, and all you fans of North Dakota!  It’s 2011 and we’re starting off the new year with the opportunity to win a two-day guided fishing trip on Devils Lake complete with a two-night stay at the Fireside Inn & Suites and dining at The Ranch. Transportation is not included.

North Dakota Tourism, the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Fox Sports North are inviting fans to enter the contest – open until the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux host the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for their legendary mens hockey rivalry – January 14 and 15 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.  The clock is ticking on your chance to enter and win!  Join the FSN Fanzone and enter today!

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The best times this week has been two hours in the morning and night for walleye fishing.

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Snow has been the issue again this year again.  We have 12-16” of snow pack across the lake, making it tough to get around for truck traffic.  Our snobear has been a lifesaver as far as helping us get around to find the fish in comfort and not having to worry about getting stuck.   We do have 16-20″ of ice right now on this side.  The best times this week has been two hours in the morning and night for walleye fishing.  I  have not been out fishing for northerns yet but we did find a nice 42″ northern on our walleye spot.  Last week we did come across some nice size perch but have not located the big schools yet.

Courtesy of Aaron McQuoid’s Guide Service 

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Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament still on

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For those inquiring, the Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament on January 29 is still going on as scheduled. Ice conditions will be watched and a determination will be made the day of or the day before the tournament if it is to be canceled. As of today, please plan on attending the 27th annual Ice Fishing Tournament. It is the biggest on record.

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We want to be able to provide a safe experience for everyone.

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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.

Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service


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Trails by Spirit Lake Casino unsafe

Posted: January 9, 2011

The lake access trail around the Spirit Lake Casino and Ft. Totten is unsafe at this time. Fishermen are asked to not drive vehicles in this area and if you are on the ice by way of snowmobile or walking, you are advised to also be careful. The ice is not strong. There is a report of a pick up truck going into the lake today. Please contact the Spirit Lake Casino, the Chamber of Commerce or any of the bait shops in town for an updated fishing report and ice conditions. We will keep you posted when and if it is safe to travel in this location again.

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Lake access road from JJ’s Bait Shop to Minnewauken Flats

Posted: January 7, 2011

We have a road going out from the bait shop to the flats.  I was on it last night and we are doing our best to keep it open.  We have some guys in a rental out there right know and it appears they have been catching fish out there.  Please do not drill holes on the road or it will flood out.  Until next time…good luck! 

 Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop

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