Archive of Fishing reports

December2014

December 30th!

Posted: December 30, 2014

We are starting to see the ice fishing pick up after the past couple weeks being a little slow. Walleye and northern pike fishing has been decent especially in the morning and evenings. We are hearing lots of reports of people marking fish, but struggling to get them to bite. After a couple weeks of clouds and fog, hopefully the sunshine helps pick up the bite.
We are now seeing ice thicknesses around 18 inches in Creel Bay and more in most other parts of the lake.
Tip up fishing for northern pike has been most successful using sardines or smelt, while walleye and perch have been most active on Buckshot and Forage Minnows tipped with a minnow head or wax worms.

 

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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December 29th Report!

Posted: December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays everybody!  Well, the Perch Patrol got what we wanted for Christmas and that was some sunshine!  After 3 straight weeks of foggy, cloudy, and down right gloomy weather, mother nature has given us some sunshine days and has it ever improved the perch fishing!  We are no where near the def-con 4 levels that were happening last year, but the perch fishing has been pretty decent as of late.  We are still having our best luck with the northland buckshot rattle spoon and the Clam Speed spoon tipped with either a minnow head or a couple of wax worms.  We have also been playing with some tungsten jigs loaded with waxies and have been enjoying some success with it as well.

The walleye fishing has been fairly good but some of the before dark bites seem to be better towards mid afternoon instead of right before dark.  Weird?  Just when you think you know all you needed to them darn walleyes throw you a curve-ball.  Our biggest theory is proving right however and that is the sunny days are better for the perch and the cloudy days are better for the walleyes.  SO, a little hint to all of our near future guests…come with an open mind and expect the unexpected!

We are very happy to report that we are now driving our trucks and does it ever feel good.  So nice to have all the gear right in your vehicle instead of having to load and unload all the time like we have to on our ATV’s.  The ice is slowly getting thicker.  We are finding 12 to 16 inches most places now and have even measured some 18 inch ice.  Today was cold and at night we are hitting lows of -18 below zero so we will easily be making more ice the next few days.

If you have been trying to get a hold of us to make a reservation, I apologize.  With the holidays going on and some of the places we have been fishing there is not a lot of cellular service so it has been hard to talk on the phone much without experiencing dropped calls.  Plus we are in the full swing of guiding everyday now so the days are long and the evenings are short.   It is hard to get everyone called back even though you leave a message.  We don’t have a lot of room left on our schedule for this season.  We have a few single days in February and March and we don’t have any two or three days in a row for package trips until after March 20th.  Best advice to you is to study our availability calender on this website and if you see a day that will work for you give us a call and we will get you scheduled in.

Now I need to touch on a not so fun subject…We have had some groups show up with less people in their groups than they had originally reserved.  This cannot happen and will no longer be tolerated.  We are virtually sold out every day and in good faith have held up our end of the deal by holding all the spots that your party reserved.  It is only fair that our clientele base do the same for us.  As much fun as we try to provide, this is a business and some of our staff travels quite a ways to get here on time every morning with a smile and is fully prepared to take your group fishing.  Not to mention the number of phone calls we continue to take on a daily basis turning groups down because we are full.  So, please if your group is downsized or someone cannot make, let us know in advance so we can fill these spots with guests that are willing to make the commitment to show up and fish with us.  You are responsible for full payment for the number of spots reserved.  No Exceptions!

There, rant over with!  Ice is growing, fish are snapping, life is good!  Have a Happy New Year Everybody!

Courtesy of The Perch Patrol

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December 21st!

Posted: December 21, 2014

Travel on the main lake is still not advised if you are using a truck, atv and snowmobile is ok with only 11-14″ of ice out there is not a place for my truck!!!! I kicked off the guiding last Sunday and we caught a few perch. Day 2 and 3 yielded 13 walleyes 2 pike and a couple of perch and 2 nice crappies. Day 4 we got 7 more walleys a couple perch and 4 pike.The perch bite remains the mystery…where are they???? Other fisherman and guides are asking the same questions. I have a few thoughts…. 1. The ice is only 11-17 inches which is limiting our run and gun approach. 2. The weeds have not died off yet thus keeping the perch and the baitfish in those weeds instead of having to search for food. 3. Little to no snow cover allowing the fish to see very well. 4. Lack of stable weather patterns and barometor is over 30. We still are able to catch walleyes in the mornings and evenings. The pike are also biting in the bays. The weather is suppose to cool down this coming week should make some ice so we can get out and try for some perch. Some of the “HOT” baits have been buckshots(From Northland) with a minnow head or full minnow, jigging raps tipped with a minnow head, grubbies (From Northwest Metro Tackle) with a whole minnow hooked behind the back dorsal fin and just using it as a dead stick, and the new ice hunter spoons from RJ Lures. I have a few days in January open, some February days, and several open dates in March. Have a safe and Merry Christmas to all!!!!!! Till Next Time…Tight Lines John

Courtesy of Big John’s Guide Service

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Thursday, December 18th!

Posted: December 18, 2014

Fishing on Devils Lake for the Perch Patrol has been hit and miss this past week.  We have had some very good days and some very tough days as well.  The tough days that we have encountered were mainly due to 40 mph winds that made life challenging and the cold front that followed.

We have had some groups do very well on perch before and after the front blew through.  The perch we are finding have been 28 to 40 feet of water.  They are hungry some days and some days they are not.

The walleye fishing has been also very hit and miss.  We have started out fishing walleyes in the morning and catch a few and return to the same spot at the end of the day and hear nothing but crickets.  Other days, the before dark bite has been on fire.

We have been having our best luck with the small Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with either a minnow head or wax worms.  One of our guides Mr. Nick Fautsch has had the lucky rabbits foot in his pocket lately as he has been finding a lot of the perch as of late.  Way to go Nick!  Tom Backer had a guest catch a 7 1/2 pound walleye he wanted to mount and 2 hours later the same fellow caught a 10 pounder.  We won’t as Tom how many he caught himself that day however.

The ice conditions on Devils Lake still vary quite a bit, depending on where you go.  We do have some areas that have up to 12 to 16 inches of ice but we also have 8 to 12 inches of ice.  For safety reasons, the Perch Patrol is still taking guests out with ATVs.  It’s a lot more work, loading and unloading all the gear but so far our guests have been very helpful.

Our schedule is very full.  December is sold out, currently January 5, 6, 7, and 25th are the only day left in January, February 8, 13, 15, 19, and 22nd are the only days left open, and March is filling fast too. The only consecutive days we have left available for packages is Jan. 5,6,7 and after March 17th.

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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Walleyes still going, perch are a bit trickier…

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Overall, the bite remains quite good! We are catching some beautiful walleyes. Some as shallow as six ft with the majority coming in that 8-12 ft range.

There are days they really smack it and other days they need some coaxing.
Perch have been caught, but it seems like establishing a consistent pattern is a bit tricky. The bite should get better as we are exploring more water weekly.
Pike seem to be all over, especially in the  shallower back bays. There are a lot inthe 3-5 pound range. Tip ups or angling with buck shots has produced best results.
Ice conditions are pretty good, but caution should be used. We still recommend not driving vehicles as there are places that have varied ice thickness. Also, it is not a good idea to drive over ridges.
Good luck to all!!
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December 15th Report!

Posted: December 15, 2014

Warm weather this past week did not allow the lake to make much ice. We are still sitting at 13-14 inches in Creel Bay, with quite a bit of light vehicle traffic. The smaller bays and lakes have a couple more inches of ice and many people driving out. The Main Bay and larger areas of the lake have around 12 inches but contain spots of inconsistent ice less than 12 inches. Pressure ridges and bridge areas have weaker ice compared to the rest of the lake so take caution around these areas.
Fishing has been hit and miss so far this year. The people drilling the most holes seem to be doing the best. Buckshot and Forged Minnows along with Jigging Raps seem to be the lures of choice in green, orange, red and gold colors. Many people fishing on Lake Irvine and Pelican as well as Six Mile Bay.

Looking forward to some cooler temperatures this week to get some more ice made. Stay safe

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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Walleyes are smacking!

Posted: December 11, 2014

We have begun our ice fishing season and the walleyes are on! Best bites have been in 7-14 ft of water for us. Seems like there are flurries in the morning, midday, and late afternoon. Most days the aftrnoon bite has been the ticket!

Perch have been a bit trickier. We are catching some but not as consistent as we want, give us some time, we will work hard to find them!
Ice conditions are pretty good but they do vary so use caution. There are some very big breakers out there so be very careful! More reports to one as we will be on the ice daily now!
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Things are Looking Good!

Posted: December 9, 2014

Well first of all we would like to Thank all of you who stopped by and visited our Woodland Resort/Perch Patrol booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show last weekend.  Wow, what an event!  Every year that show seems to grow a little bit more.  Jeff Dosch, Zippy Dahl from the Perch Patrol worked the booth along with Kyle Blanchfield, the owner of Woodland Resort and Devon Sundeen an ice fishing expert and reservation specialist at Woodland Resort.  A great weekend was had by all.

The rest of the Perch Patrol Team along with some of their buddies were out fishing on many parts of Devils Lake.  They hunted for both perch and walleye and although they didn’t find them everywhere they did find quite a few to play with and a few days they even caught their limits of perch.  Other days they marked a lot more that they caught as some of the perch were tight lipped.  See photos below of some of their nice catches!

As far as ice conditions go…kind of all over the board.  They found 11 to 12 inches on the main lake and in Creel Bay.  The did find a few 5 to 6 inch spots on the main bay however.  The Minnawauken Flats had about 13 to 14 inches consistently.  Pelican had a the most ice 14 to 16 inches but they reported a lot of pressure ridges to navigate around.  East Bay has about 10 to 12 inches as well.

We are glad we have as much ice as we do this early but still recommend using an atv or snowmobile instead of driving full size vehicles.  Safety First!  It’s going to be a long season, let’s keep it that way!

The reservations for the Perch Patrol are absolutely through the roof.  Never in our history have we felt this much demand this early.  We are coming off our best season ever last year and our guests that experienced it with us seem to be all coming back with even larger groups.  The only days that we have left in January and February are single day trips, meaning there just aren’t any two or three days in a row to do a package.  March is the only month that we have package possibilities and the last couple of days, we have been selling a lot of them.  Please visit our availability calander to view what we have left.

We are very excited for our first guests that are arriving this coming weekend and then our season will really kick off on December 15th.  We will have more to report on ice conditions and hopefully have more pictures to show you as well.

Be safe out there!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Serivce

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December 5th Report

Posted: December 5, 2014

Ice fishing season is upon us! We are seeing ice thicknesses of 10-12 inches throughout Creel Bay. Some of the smaller bays and lakes such as Pelican Lake and Lake Irvin have more than 14 inches of ice with full sized vehicles driving on those parts.

To target perch try fishing in depths between 22 and 40 feet in the mid to late mornings. For walleye target depths between 12 and 22 feet in the early morning and later evenings. The key to targeting both species look for structures such as rock piles. Popular tackle includes Buckshot and Moonshine lures in green, orange, and pink tipped with a minnow head, spikes or wax worms.

Good luck and stay safe to everyone heading out fishing this weekend!

Courtesy of Woodland Resort

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Exciting Times!!

Posted: December 3, 2014

Change is a good thing we believe!!

We are currently rebuilding our website, purchasing a new headquarters for the guide service, and upgrading equipment!
These changes will all be happening before the New Year!!
We are very dedicated to providing our clients the best experience possible and we believe in using quality products.
More to come very soon!!
We are catching fish too!! We go into full gear next week. Give us a call or email us and we will get you out on the hard water!
We can now offer fishing/lodging packages, so ask about them!
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