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Sunny days have been producing better perch fishing than the cloudy days….

The fishing on Devils Lake still remains very good.  We have had some changing weather patterns and some fronts come through since our last report.  These changing conditions definitely slowed things down but the good news is the bite did rebound quite nicely when the weather straightened out.  We have had some excellent perch days on the nice days and some very good walleye fishing as well.  With less snow on the ice this year, the perch pattern seems to revolve more around the sunshine.  In other words sunny days have been producing better perch fishing than the cloudy days.

Whether we are fishing walleyes or perch the go to lure has been the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with a minnow head.  This has been by far out producing jigs with waxies or eurolarvea.  For the Perch we have been using the 1/16 or 1/8 oz buckshot spoons and for walleyes we have been using the 1/8 or 1/4 oz spoons.  Our best depths for perch have been anywhere from 26 to 60 feet of water.  Quite a depth range but honestly with the perch numbers on the upside the depths we are finding them are many.  Our best walleye spots have been in a number of locations as well.  We have had success along and on top of flooded roadbeds, humps, flooded points and in 6 to 8 feet of water along shorelines.

The ice conditions on Devils Lake are very good.  We are finding 18 to 20 inches pretty much everywhere now but you still have to be careful around pressure ridges and cracks.  Shallow flooded roads can be a danger zone too especially if there are old culverts and it is very important to know where they once existed.

Our schedule has kept us very busy.  With the month of February here we do have quite a bit of room available on certain days and we would love to have you.  March is filling fast and if you are planning a March trip you need to make that reservation soon or we may not have room for you.

Have a great week, be safe, and we hope to see you very soon!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service.

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