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February2014

Devils Lake Bite…

Posted: February 28, 2014

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The bite has been up and down…overall, it is still good, but it seems like it is always easier to find that pocket when it is nicer out and we can drill more holes without being blown away by wind gusts and cold. The perch that we are catching are very healthy! Walleyes have been mainly in the eater size class; however, we have landed some dandy pike over the last week! Best depths are 25-45 ft. Seems like there are days that they will bite all day and others where you have to wait for it or keep moving until you find it. Extensions are needed on most places! March could be crazy good for fishing, let’s hope for some nice weather and all should be good!

Courtesy of  Bry’s Guide Service
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Perch Patrol Fishing Report

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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!

Courtesy of  Perch Patrol

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Weather and Fishing Go Up and Down

Posted: February 26, 2014

The fishing has been just like the weather up and down with hi pressure and low temps and that damn wind has been somewhat of a challenge to get the fish to bite. The same grubbies from nw metro tackle in red glow, chartreuse and red glow and green glow with a minnow hooked behind the dorsal fin allowing it to swim and proven to catch those finicky jumbo’s. We have been catching walleyes (nice ones) mixed in with the perch. A minnow head has been the ticket for some of the walleyes. A couple things when fishing is patience patience patience,switching out presentations also has been very effective in turning the lookers into table fare. I have mixed it up from buckshots to tungsten and back to grubbies with waxies or minnows or minnow heads. I fish a lot of contour lines and finding fish is tough but, when you find them try to bounce around in that same contour line and you will be surprised what you may find. Another tip is find irregularities in those lines and fish those areas. Till next time… Tight Lines! John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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Perch Patrol Fishing Report

Posted: February 19, 2014

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!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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The Bite Stays Solid

Posted: February 14, 2014

We are still catching fish on a regular basis! There are days that the fish really go and there are days when we have to do dome enticing. Seems like we are catching most of our walleyes in 8-15 ft of water early and late in the day. During the middle of the day we are usually out in the deeper water (25-45ft). Perch have been caught in depths from 20-45; however, the majority of the perch are in the 35 ft plus water. We still have plenty of ice and winter left, so give us a call and we will get you on the hard water!

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Perch Patrol Fishing Report

Posted: February 11, 2014

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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!

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No More Amtrak Service

Posted: February 5, 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!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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February 4, 2014

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The fishing in the past 4 days has been good to great. Stable conditions sure has made a difference on the amount of fish being brought in to the cleaning stations. Prior to that the fish were there but alot of lookers and a few takers did make it tough, not impossible just tough. Sitting on a spot and being patient was the key for putting perch in the bucket. The walleyes seemed not as picky or finicky and the pike would bite no matter what!!! The hot baits have still been the grubbies with a whole minnow and the “UV” pink pattern with a minnow head has been a great fish catching bait. I have made a huge decision to run OTTER houses this past week. I was able to purchase the 650 lodge and the 1200 XT lodge. They are very easy to put up and hold in the heat on the windy and cold days. My calander has been filling fast, all weekends are full through March, but have some days during the week available. Till Next Time…Tight lines John

Courtesy of  Big John’s Guide Service

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