Thursday, December 19: Devils Lake Fishing Is Hot!
All we can say is WOW! We returned from the sport shows in Duluth, Minnesota and Wausau, Wisconsin and immediately stepped into guiding customers and our rods have been double over ever since. The story that was released by our ND Game and Fish this fall regarding the booming perch population in Devils Lake currently is proving to be as accurate as can be. I don’t know if we ever, in our 19 year history have group after group limiting out on perch every day like we have this week.
Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with either a minnow head, perch eye, or wax worms have been the hot ticket so far. We have cought good numbers of perch in 10 feet, 18 feet, 23 feet, 34 feet, and 42 feet of water. We have been also catching walleyes and white bass along with the perch.
As far as ice conditions, we are finding 15 to 17 inches most everywhere we have been so far and we are driving out trucks on the ice. If you are going to tackle Devils Lake on your own, as always be careful and watch out for cracks and pressure ridges.
We also hosted a pretty darn cool media event this week. We would like to thank Suzie Kenner and the Devils Lake Tourism for hooking us up with Steve and Kieth Worrell and Brooke from Outdoors First Media in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. They have a killer website www.outdoorsfirst.com. They shot numerous videos for the website and took a ton of really cool underwater footage of jumbo perch making the biggest mistake of their life.
A couple of items that we need to mention… Things are CRAZY BUSY! Please have patience when calling both the Perch Patrol Hotline and Woodland Resort. Leave a message, I will get back to you. These phones are ringing off the hook and we are having to spend more time than normal on the phone as we are trying to find room to accommodate people. Our dates are filling up rapidly and once we are full, we are full. If your party is on our schedule one thing you can do to help is to go online and buy your fishing license before you come. It is quite simple and doing so, will enable your party to get out fishing faster on your first day. www.gf.nd.gov If you are waiting for a reply on an email, I am doing the best I can. Often I just call you instead of returning email.
Courtesy of the Perch Patrol