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November2014

November 24, 2015

Posted: November 25, 2014

We got Ice!!!!!! We iced over last week Wednesday and have 2-3 inches on the main lake. Irvin and Pelican and the other smaller lakes around the area have 5-7″ now. My phone has been ringing and my calendar is looking good for bookings. I still have openings so give me a call so we can take you out for a venture of a lifetime. My 1st trip that I have booked is December 14th from then till January 4th I only have 2 dates open. Later this week I will try to get out and “test the bite” so, hopefully my next report will have pictures!!!! I have heard rumors on the surveys the game and fish done this summer and fall the I am not suprised that the perch numbers are down about 1/2 of what their survey was last year. However, walleye and pike numbers are about the same. I still am confident the fishing will be good, just not as crazy as last year. We may have to move around a bit more than last year and that is where I come in. As most of you know from fishing hard or soft water with me I work very hard trying to give each one of my clients the best possible “chance” for filling their limits. Some days are better than others that is why we call it FISHING and not CATCHING. By hiring a guide your chances are definietly way better than trying to find the fish on the vast 220,000+ acre lake. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! Till Next Time… Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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1st Report of the Year from Perch Patrol!

Posted: November 24, 2014

Monday, November 24 2014

Well, we’re back!  As I sit down write the first Perch Patrol Fishing Report of the new season, I am delighted to announce that all of Devils Lake is froze over.  Yes folks we have ICE!  As usual the shallow parts of the Devils Lake system, mainly on the west side, froze about 10 days to 2 weeks before the main lake.  So our ice conditions are going to vary quite a bit for a while.  We have not been fishing yet but some people that have been out have been reporting 6 to 7 inches on the west parts and about 2 inches in Creel Bay and on the main lake.  As always if you are planning to venture out use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

We are very much ahead of schedule than most years in both the ice making and in our reservations.  It is no secret that last season was the most successful in the history of the Perch Patrol’s 19 years of business and the reservations that are already in our books has never been higher at this point before our season begins.   Not only are the people that fished with us last year returning but so are the folks that we had to turn away last season because we were already full when they tried to schedule a trip.

We have added some new and exciting features to our web site www.perchpatrol.com  First of all, there is no more train packages.  I feel we have more than covered that on the reasons why.  But we did rebuild these packages to make them more suitable for our drive in guests.  As always we have 3 different package options out of Woodland Resort which has been home to the Perch Patrol since our beginning.  Woodland is also going through some exciting changes that we are looking forward to in the near future.  More on those later…  We also have 3 different package options with Devils Lake’s newest hotel in town, the Sleep Inn and Suites.  We are also very excited about some of the great amenities they have to offer our guests that choose to lodge with them.  For more information about all of these great packages please visit our New Packages page on our web site www.perchpatrol.com

About 1 week ago, we added a new feature to our web site called Availability Calander.  This has been a home run with our visitors so far.  By clicking on the Availability Calander, you can see exactly what the Perch Patrol schedule is like for each month of our operation.  Just select what month you would like to view and monthly calander will appear.  On each day it will tell you exactly how many spots are available.  A spot is considered a person.  If it says no availability that means the Perch Patrol is sold out for that day.  This makes our lives a lot easier as now most people that call already know what is available and what is not.

Currently all of our guides are spending quite a bit of their day getting ready.  We are busy assembling our new Clam Thermal fish houses, rigging our trucks, respooling rods and reels, making shelves that will protect our new Vexilar FLX-28’s and 22’s from flying around, tuning up snowmobiles and Atv’s, the list goes on and on.  We are also getting our new brochures ready for upcoming sport shows in St. Paul, Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

So, although we are not fishing quite yet, we will be soon.  Our first guests arrive on December 11th and we have lots to prepare before the “show” begins.  If you are at all serious about fishing with the Perch Patrol this winter, you need to get aggressive about it and give us a call.  The month of December and January are already nearly full but we still have plenty of room in February and March.

Thats all for now, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and please be safe on the ice!

 

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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Ice is forming…Use caution!!

Posted: November 18, 2014

It is the transition period in North Dakota, the boat season is about done, and we are starting up the ice fishing season! Everyone is excited to try out there new equipment, but make sure you really survey the conditions of the ice before you head out.
Some words of advice: BE CAREFUL!!!

As for DEVILS LAKE:
There are some areas that have enough ice to get out and walk on; however, many areas are not safe and some areas still have open water. So the bottom line is that ice is still very iffy. Please make sure to fish with partners, have picks, ice bars, a Nebulus flotation (http://www.nebulusflotation.com/), and use some common sense.
We are expecting to have a great winter on Devils Lake! Walleye, Perch, and Pike are all doing very well in the lake and the overall size of the Perch is incredible!! If you would like to fish with Bry’s Guide Service, we have a few different options.

Option 1: Fish from a SnoBear! (http://www.snobear.org). The coolest aspect about the SnoBear is that really no matter the condition, we can fish in comfort!

Option 2: Fish from portable ice house! (http://www.otteroutdoors.com) These are the best and most comfortable portable ice houses on the market in our opinion! All thermal keeps the temperature inside of these houses incredibly well even in the coldest conditions.

Feel free to give us a call at: 701 739-0161 or check us out online at: www.brysguideservice.com

We will do a few trips before Christmas, but plan to get into full gear right after!! We also have lodging of our own now at The Fish Rehab (more to come on that in the very near future)!! We also have lodging and another SnoBear available through Haybale Heights!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!! We are close…

 

Courtesy of Bry’s Guide Service

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Where ‘Average’ is Very, Very, Very Good!

Posted: November 14, 2014

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When fisheries research reveals that recent net surveys show Devils Lake large perch numbers are close to average, that’s a good thing. Todd Caspers, North Dakota fisheries biologist said, “The 12 to 15 inch perch are still above long term averages, and last year was a record high catch since surveys began in 1992. The 10 to 12 inch perch are just a bit below average.”

“Average” also came up when Caspers said, “Perch, walleyes and pike are about the same as usual, average for the lake.” The walleyes averaged 25 per net lift this year compared to 27 in 2013. He added, “Walleyes are still above the long term average.”

Tournament angler and Devils Lake guide Jason Feldner said, “Based on my travels fishing tourneys, Devils Lake is 10 times ‘average’ compared to places I’ve been. This lake is the best body of water I’ve ever fished, with some 200-walleye days; 200-pike days are possible. Limits of perch 9 to 15 inches all winter! That’s why many clients book on the spot so they are guaranteed time in my boat next season.”

Echoing similar sentiments was guide Mark Bry, “There is no other place on the planet I’d rather fish. Countless clients tell me Devils Lake is better than the Canadian fly-in lake they fish. If what we have is ‘average,’ then having fish almost everywhere with so many places to fish is exactly why I love showing this lake to people from other states. Their word is ‘spectacular’ when describing our fishing.”

Northern pike are above long-term averages and white bass are as abundant as last year, Caspers stated. Guide and world walleye champion Johnnie Candle placed the Devils Lake averages in perspective. He said, “In May and June, my boat averages 75 to 100 pike from 27 to 36 inches daily and a few bigger. In July and August, the walleye average is 75 per day on any technique with average fish 14 to 18 inches and of course some larger. In September and October, we catch about 20 walleyes per day from 18 to 26 inches.”

Guide and resort owner Aaron McQuoid said, “This is an unbelievable fishery. Interestingly, many clients have made this same statement – there must be millions of fish out there – I bet they’re accurate.” If anything, he urged newcomers to the lake to take advantage of any of the guide services (he guides and has complete lodging facilities), and learn the lake with an expert who will also drill holes or hoist the anchor. “This is the best freshwater experience, and it’s in the middle of North Dakota,” he said.

The latest hunting and fishing details can be found at devilslakend.com. The website lists information about fishing and hunting guides, the latest lake conditions, ramps, history, events, resorts and restaurant news plus a helpful map. The lake has expanded to about five times its size compared to the 40,000 acres 25 years ago, swallowing marshes, woodlands, ponds, shelter belts and farmlands. This habitat created a rich environment for the lake’s popular species – walleyes, perch, northern pike and white bass. It also provides ample habitat for the many local and migrating ducks and geese.

A 20 x 32 heated fish-cleaning station adjacent to Ed’s Bait Shop (on Hwy 20 south of the City of Devils Lake) is open to the public with two grinders, a clean-up sink and bathrooms. Anglers may launch boats or in winter, drive-on from many public ramps around the lake. Candle said, “If people want a fishing adventure like none they’ve ever experienced, Devils Lake is the only place to come.”

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