Archive of Fishing reportsJanuary2012
Sunny days have been producing better perch fishing than the cloudy days….
Posted: 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!
Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service.
A tougher weekend…
Posted: January 30, 2012
We had a tougher weekend. Bit of a struggle with many of our fish houses. I was reminded by a fish house guest that they only got 6 fish in 3 days. This happens sometimes and we want to have honest fishing reports. We geared up for Pike with some of our guests that wanted to take the challenge and did well on tip-ups for decent to nice pike. Marking lots of fish in many places, but perch and walleyes didnt want to cooperate the last few days. Just under 100 fish caught at the DLVFD fishing tounament on Sat. Congrats to the winners and to the DLVFD for hosting another excellent tounament. Had a chance to weigh a 2.34 lb perch Sunday. Largest of the season. Please check out the “catch of the day” page for newest catch photos.
Lets hope we can get some more stable weather and get back into some excellent fishing.
Fishing has been up and down this week along with the weather.
Posted: January 27, 2012
Fishing has been up and down this week along with the weather. If we get one stable day the fish go good. When we get fronts every day the fish are on and off, on and off like a light switch. It still hasn’t been bad fishing we are just a little spoiled this year. Walleyes are still shallow and the perch are both. We still have a few openings for this winter so don’t Wait to long.
Courtesy of JJ’s Bait Shop & Perch Eyes Guide Service.
Still very good access to any parts of Creel Bay…
Much better fishing yesterday afternoon. Nice perch and good pike being caught in our area. Just got 4″ of snow last night. Started plowing trails on Creel Bay, but getting around is very easy. Still very good access to any parts of Creel Bay and the main bay that we are using. Should be a really good weekend!
Go get em’!
Bite is great on Devils Lake
Posted: January 25, 2012
The bite has been great on Devils Lake. Right now anglers are catching perch at the Stromme Addition in 17-30 feet of water. This week they have been catching them between 17-22 feet of water using small jigs with wax worms, with plain hooks and a small, full minnow. They are catching perch over 10″, with several jumbo perch being caught. Walleyes move in just before dark.
Walleyes are being caught in front of Acorn Ridge and in front of the Camp Grafton gate on East Bay. Also catching walleyes on north Six Mile Bay northwest of the Pepsi Barn in 16 feet of water.
Good luck at the Ice Fishing Tournament this weekend!.........................................................................................................................................................
North Dakota Earth Day Patch Contest
The state Game and Fish Department’s annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2012 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15.
The Game and Fish Department will announce a winner in three age categories – 6-9, 10-13, and 14-18. Each winner will receive a pair of Nikon 8×40 binoculars. The final patch design will be chosen from the three winners.
The winning design will be used on a patch given to members of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and any school participating in Earth Day cleanup projects on state-owned or managed lands in North Dakota in April and May.
The patch should incorporate some aspect of Earth Day – celebrated April 22 – or keeping North Dakota clean. It must be round and three inches in diameter. There is a limit of five colors on the patch, and lettering must be printed. Name, address, age and phone number of the contestant must be clearly printed on the entry form. Only one entry per person is allowed.
Weather is cooperating and so are the fish!
Posted: January 24, 2012
Weather is cooperating and so are the fish! We have enjoyed some excellent conditions the past couple of days. Some huge perch and good walleyes are being taken on the Military shoreline in 20 to 30 feet. Sounds like some good action in the Doc Hagen area. Sure there are other areas producing also, but we are getting most of our reports from the main lake and Creel bay area. My guess is the fishing should remain good as long as this weather holds. Great access on the lake. We missed the recent snowfall that hit areas south of us and into Minnesota. Ice conditions are a solid 18 inches. Be on the lookout for open cracks. Anglers are seeing some pressure cracks open when we had a big wind last week that may have pushed and pulled the ice a bit. A little common sense will keep you safe. Welcome to all of the tournament anglers this weekend. Enjoy Devils Lake!
Fishing remains consistent…
Posted: January 23, 2012
Well the fishing still remains consistent. The walleyes are still shallow 5 to 10 foot of water seems best, Lake Ervin is the most consistent bite. We have a shallow perch bite and a deep bite going. When the sun shines perch fishing has been best. The best areas are the dome house and east devils lake. We have a few dates open so if you want to make it out here shoot us a email and we will see what we can do for you.
11 pound 1 ounce Whopper walleye!
Posted: 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.
Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service.
20 inches of ice…
Well we had a cold front and it pushed us to 20 inches of ice. We had one day hiccup with the cold front and back to catching fish. These photos at two day fishing for these guys. They know how to work a jig. Lindy flyers on old shorelines for the walleyes and mud flats for the Perch. Lake Ervin has been the best but it takes a lot of holes to get on them but when you do this is what you get. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TAKE A KID FISHING!