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Winter 2013-2014 expected to be one of the best for ice fishing in North Dakota!

Posted: January 29, 2014

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From North Dakota Tourism: Fall fishing is usually a good barometer to judge the opportunities that will prevail during the ice fishing season. Good fishing in the fall almost always leads to good ice fishing while poor fall fishing often points to continued poor fishing through the winter. I can’t remember all of the fall bites of years gone by but what I can tell you is that the perch fishing we saw this past fall on Devils Lake was better than anything I can remember. Our guide staff was bringing in staggering catches of jumbo perch this fall mixed in with the customary limits of walleyes.   – See more at: http://www.ndtourism.com/blog
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Lake Access Points Cleared

Posted: January 24, 2014

Henegar Landing, Eastbay Landing, Lakewood Landing, County Road 1 and Six Mile Bay Landings have all been cleared for lake access. Access our map to find locations.

Also, read updated fishing reports and find more information.

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22nd annual Devils Run registration forms available

Posted: January 16, 2014

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The 22nd annual Devils Run registration forms will be mailed out next week but if you would like to get a jumpstart on your registration you can download the form here. As soon as the schedule of events is finalized we will have our website updated with all the latest information.

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Mark your calendars for the weekend of Feb 14 – ShiverFest 2014!

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DEVILS LAKE, ND. –  It’s time again to celebrate our annual winter event – ShiverFest! The dates this year will be February 14-16, 2014. Friday kicks off with the Mikal Wakefield Memorial Hockey Tournament at our two arenas, which will continue all weekend.

Saturday, Ackerman Acres will offer high flying, Olympic sized kites, starting at 11:00 am. Out on the lake by Woodland Resort, you can find sleigh rides, a golf course out on the ice, and more. Starting at 1:00 pm is the annual Youth Ice Fishing Tournament. Again this year, there will be trophies for the largest fish, a drawing to win an ice fishing starter kit, Devils Lake Chamber Bucks prize awards for the top 8 finishers in the Northern, Walleye and Perch categories. The entry fee is $10 and you can purchase tickets at the fire station, the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce or on the ice the day of the tournament. The first 100 youth signed up for the tournament will receive an ice fishing rod, tackle and a tackle box, and a t-shirt donated by Creative Impressions. Concessions will also be available on the ice (served by the Ice Fishing Tournament) on Saturday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Starting at noon on Saturday you can take in the snowmobile oval races, also held out of Woodland Resort. These races continue into Sunday.

An adult and high school pond hockey tournament will round out the weekend at Woodland Resort. Later in the evening, at 8:00 pm, a Fireworks display will start at Proz Lakeside at the Cove (at Woodland Resort) will feature the band “8th Hour” to rock the night away.

Also going on around town is a Gun show at the Memorial Building and a Winter Wonderland Vendor Show at the Peterson Building (Ramsey County Building) from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Devils Lake merchants will have specials going on throughout the weekend so make sure to keep watching for specials. You can find a complete listing of events on our website, www.devilslakend.com

It is sure to be a fun weekend for all interests. Get rid of the winter blahs and head to Devils Lake for a weekend of outdoor fun and entertainment.

For any questions, please visit the Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website at www.devilslakend.com or call at 1-800-233-8048.

We hope to see you all in Devils Lake participating in the 14th Annual ShiverFest!

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‘Best Start in 19 Years’ for Devils Lake Ice Fishing

Posted: January 6, 2014

Zippy Dahl from the Perch Patrol, holding a jumbo Devils Lake Perch

“Conditions are perfect this year on Devils Lake.  We’ve never seen 24 inches of ice by January 1 before and fish are biting,” said Zippy Dahl, captain of the legendary Perch Patrol guide team.  “It’s the best start ever, and with almost no snow, it’s easy to get around the lake,” he said.

Zippy said the North Dakota fisheries survey reports of record numbers of big perch are coming true.  “Most clients are limiting out, and that means 28 people with our seven guides coming in with buckets full,” he said.

Since surveys began, populations of large perch are at record levels.  Devils Lake area biologist Todd Caspers said, “Since our surveys began in 1992, we now have a record level of 12-inch and larger perch in the system, with most of those being right at a foot long or slightly bigger.” The actual numbers show the current level of 12-inch plus perch to be three times the average.

IMG_0552Asked why the perch are showing such a dramatic spike, Zippy felt with Devils Lake holding fairly stable the past three years that heavier weed growth was contributing to sanctuaries for small perch plus providing more food sources for bigger perch.

When the huge mid-December snow storms crept across the Midwest, they seemed to go around sprawling Devils Lake.  “The storms went north and south of us, but never dumped, and what little snow fell got blown away,” he said.  Ice anglers with 4-wheel drive trucks are experiencing the best travel in years.

His ice guides have been all over the lake, east and west, on the flats and in the deep main-lake holes.  “We have had success everywhere,” Zippy said.  “We can’t wait to drill the next hole to see what’s down there.”  Perch have been biting all day, with quite a few one to two pound walleyes and some white bass mixed in.  “The perch bite has been so good that in the past month we have only chased walleyes a couple half days,” he said. The walleye limits are five per angler per day and 10 in possession.  The perch limits are 20 daily and 80 in possession.

Perch Patrol: 701-351-3474 or perchpatrol.com.

Go to devilslakend.com for a map of the nine convenient public drive-on accesses.  Visiting anglers will appreciate the fish-cleaning station located next door to Ed’s Bait Shop (on Hwy 20 south of the City of Devils Lake).  The 20 x 32 station, like the Devils Lake fishing season, is open all year.  The heated building has two grinders, a clean-up sink, regular and handicapped bathrooms, and is free to the public.

Devils Lake fishing guides target perch, walleyes, white bass and pike.  To contact guides and for the latest lake and ice conditions, fishing reports, lodging, activities, restaurants, tournament news and resorts, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

 

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