one cold front away from Devils Lake freezing over!
Greetings Everybody! Well things are starting to happen around here. No ice on Devils Lake quite yet but the water temperature is 33 degrees. Some of the smaller lakes and ponds do have ice anywhere from 3 to 6 inches. We are one cold front away from Devils Lake freezing over so long as the winds are calm. Hopefully we can build some decent ice before the snow flies.
Our new fleet of Vexilars came last Friday, and our Fish Trap Thermals came today! So we will be busy getting our gear ready and houses put together very soon. I hate to brag, but I can say with all honesty that the Perch Patrol is coming off of perhaps our best ice fishing season last year and one of our best summers being this past one. The fish numbers and size on Devils Lake is the best in years!!! The perch numbers are way up again and so are the walleye populations. These are facts that have been released by our North Dakota Game and Fish Biologist Randy Hiltner. I believe him too, Randy is a very good biologist and when he talks about fish populations on Devils Lake, I listen!
We are also gearing up for the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show the first weekend in December (Nov.30, Dec.1, Dec.2). This is by far the worlds largest ice fishing show of its kind and myself along with Woodland Resort owner Kyle Blanchfield, will be sharing a booth, handing out brochures, and visiting with ice fishermen. New this year, we will be also taking the show a little farther down the road as we will be traveling to Wausau, Wisconsin the second weekend in December (Dec. 7,8,and 9th). We are VERY excited to doing an ice fishing show in Wisconsin again. It has been quite a few years since the old shows in Madison. So we are looking forward to a return trip to the Land of Cheese!
If you are serious about making a trip out to see us this year and fish with the Perch Patrol Guide Service, whether it is on the Perch Express Package or you wish to fish with us by the day, I am encouraging you to make your reservations NOW. The reservations we currently have in our books at this point is at an all time high and you can get in ahead of when we go to work the booth at these two 3 day ice fishing shows.
I will be posting more on a weekly basis once we start fishing.
Steve “Zippy” Dahl
Director, Perch Patrol Guide Service, LLC