18 2011 »

Shaping up to be one of the best early ice seasons on Devils Lake!

What a great week of fishing!  This is easily shaping up to be one of the best early ice seasons on Devils Lake in the past five years.  There is ZERO snow.  Did you catch that?  Let me say that again…ZERO Snow!!! Anglers are able to go anywhere they want to fish right now and the way the walleye fishing has been this past week it’s hardly even fair!  Both for numbers and size, the walleye fishing has been incredible.  We have also been catching a lot of nice northern pike and a few perch, but I have to admit we have not spent any time pursuing the perch yet. In the areas that we normally fish perch, the ice thickness has been quite a bit behind the areas that we are fishing walleyes and northerns, but it is catching up rather quickly. 

The ice conditions on the main lake, including Creel Bay, the Towers, and East Bay are nearing the 8 inch mark.  The ice on all parts west of the main lake are anywhere from 11 to 13 inches.  We are still using ATV’s and are ferrying our guests out in trailers.  Makes for quite the adventure.  Christmas carols are encouraged!

Our schedule really picks up after Christmas and yes, we are guiding through the New Years Holiday.  If you want to experience some of this incredible fishing, we strongly encourage you to organize your group and make that reservation as soon as possible as things are filling in quite rapidly.  As long as we have no snow, we do have glare ice and it is VERY slippery.  We strongly encourage you and everyone in your fishing party to bring ice cleats. 

Have a great week and be safe out there!  We hope to see you very soon!

Courtesy of Perch Patrol Guide Service.

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