“The Good Old Days on Devils Lake are happening right now!”
We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. It hardly seemed like Christmas with no snow but it was a nice break for all of us to spend some time with our families. This past week the Perch Patrol has been continuing to enjoy some of the best walleye fishing we have ever had this time of year. We have been fortunate enough to bring in our limits everyday but the impressive part is the average size of them. The northern pike fishing has been nothing short of spectacular at times as well.
Our best success has been jigging Northland Buckshot Rattlespoons, Lindy Rattlin Flyer Spoons, and the Rapala Jigging Shad Rap. All of course tipped with a minnow head. We have been finding most of our better fishing in anywhere from 7 to 9 feet of water.
As much fun as it is to enjoy the “no snow” conditions we do need some cold weather. Our ice conditions have not been changing much. Currently we still are sitting at anywhere from 11 to 13 inches on the west part of the lake and 9 to 10 inches on the main lake and all parts east of it. We have heard some reports of open water by the bridges, in front of the Pepsi Barn on the north end of 6 mile bay, and along highway 20 on the west side of Black Tiger Bay. Why the latter of the two spots remain open is a mystery. We do still have some waterfall in the area and perhaps they are the culprets keeping this water open. Be careful out there and make sure you know the ice thickness you are travelling on!
We have very busy answering the Perch Patrol Hotline and the fishermen are scheduling trips. We have a staff of 6 guides this year and it takes a lot to fill us. We do have some sold out dates but we have a lot that are not and we would love to get your group scheduled into some of these as soon as possible. The conditions are setting up to be the best for getting around the lake that we have seen in years and this could go down as one of the best ice fishing seasons Devils Lake has had in twenty years! I am going to leave you with a quote from our former ND Game and Fish Director the late Dean Hildebrand…”The Good Old Days on Devils Lake are happening right now!”
Happy Holidays Everybody!
Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service.