Archive of Fishing reports

February2011

Remove Permanent Fish Houses March 15.

Posted: February 28, 2011

State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15.

Anglers are reminded to not wait until the last minute to remove a fish house because access on some lakes could be restricted due to snow.

Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.

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Walleye bite has remained OK!

Posted: February 25, 2011

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of reports…website was down and repairs were being made.  As for fishing goes, well things are a lot better then it was couple weeks ago. Warm weather knocked down a lot of snow then it got cold again. Results in that are driving on the lake, yes I said driving. From what I’ve seen and heard you can drive in quite a few different areas of the lake. As for fishing goes it has been hit and miss this last week. Up and down weather usually does that. Walleye bite has remained OK with the better areas being north end of Six Mile Bay, Mission Bay, in front of Camp Grafton, towers area, Military Point, Walfords Point, Ft. Totten area, and in front of the casino. Try to find structured areas, rock piles, Humps, Points, Old shore lines…Fish anywhere from 10 FOW to 25 FOW depending on which area you are at. As perch fishing starts to pick up some, reports of a lot of perch being found in front of the country club, mouth of Creel Bay, North end of Creel Bay, Casino area, Towers area, and North End of Six Mile Bay. Fish depths of 26 FOW to 45 FOW.The Perch bite remains hit and miss with some days better then others. Moving around is the biggest key to success when perch fishing. So with being able to drive on the lake, c’mon out and give it a try. Its been a slow season getting around, but hopefully with the conditions we have now things will pick up. Good luck and good fishing!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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Lake access – Lake Erving & Spirit Lake Casino

Posted: February 22, 2011

Lake Erving will be opened up 2-22-11 for access onto the lake.

Spirit Lake Casino has their marina open for access on the lake. At this point, because of the snow melt, you should have any easy time driving around from this access point on the lake.

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We are getting into the spring bite and we should see some of the best fishing of the season.

Posted: February 21, 2011

Back to the freezer after one of the warmest weeks of the winter.  Last week we had temps into the 40’s.  This really helped shrink the snow and allow more mobility for anglers.  One down side is the melt water got fairly deep on some trails and made them nearly impassable.  Cold temps have allowed for this to refreeze and firm the trails back up.  There are some slush pockets that will stop a vehicle in its tracks, but we have gained a lot of new ice to travel on with 4 wheel drive vehicles.  Our guides had one of the best weeks last week with some very impressive perch catches.  Our fish houses had a pretty fair week.  This weekend was slow with the major cold front.  Overall our fish house bite has been slower. We are getting into the spring bite and we should see some of the best fishing of the season.  We are allowed to keep our fish houses on the lake to March 15th.  All species of fish remain open year round, so all fishing will be open to the point of good ice conditions.  We have 25 to 30” of good ice, so we should be able to host anglers for a few more weeks easily. 

Courtesy of  Woodland Resort

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Look out we should have some fantastic fishing ahead of us!

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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!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol/Perch Express

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Boat Ramp Access Open for Ice Fishing

Posted: February 16, 2011

As of this morning, 6 mile bay boat ramp, Eastbay boat ramp, and the north end of Six Mile (76th avenue) have been cleared for better access onto the lake for ice fishing.

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The Perch Fishing has been the most consistent bite we have had.

Posted: February 15, 2011

Finally we got some warmer weather, in the upper 30’s and even hit 40 two days now. It knocked some of our snow down to make travel a little easier these days. This weekend it’s going to cool down a little bit and should stiffen the slush up. The Perch Fishing has been the most consistent bite we have had. On a average day we been getting 15 to 30 perch. Walleyes have been like a light switch on and off with no really good bites lately. The Pike fishing is starting to heat up up to this point it’s been a slow go for them but it’s looking good now. Keep you lines tight. We still have a little room in March if your looking at doing some ice fishing yet this winter.

Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop  & Perch~Eyes Outfitters and Lodging

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The bite really seems to pick up when the sun is shining.

Posted: 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.

Courtesy of Perch Patrol/Perch Express

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Marina has plowed lake access trails.

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The Spirit Lake Casino & Resort Marina has plowed a small amount of trails this week.  Please use caution when driving on the lake.  Please do not drill holes in the plowed trails.

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Overall fishing has been decent.

Posted: February 4, 2011

Hello, warmer temps a few days this week has a result in a few more people fishing.  Overall fishing has been decent. Walleyes continue to bite in several areas. North End of Six Mile Bay along the sunken road has been decent, the ridge on the west side of the towers in the main bay, Ft Totten area, Mission bay fishing the tracks and the humps. Stromme addition area, Military Point, and Doc Hagens. Fish anything with structure, depths between 10 FOW and 25 FOW. All depends on which area you are fishing. Anything with green has been working the best, buck shots, forge minnows, Live forage baits from Northland tipped with a minnow head or full minnow. Perch fishing continutes to be hit and miss. Better areas are swansons point, towers, dome house area, Foughty’s Point, north end of creel bay, and north end of Six mile bay. Fish depths of 28 FOW to 48 FOW depending on which area you fish. Genz bugs, Live Forage baits from northland, forge minnows, and kasmasters tipped with wax worms, spikes, or minnow heads have been working. A bobber with a little minnow always seems to trigger a few bites as well…..Moving around a lot has been the ticket to success. Find the school and follow it. Anything with tracks still seems to be the way to get around and its the safest way. Good luck and good fishing! Stop in and we will point you out in the right direction!

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop

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