18 2014 »

Thursday, December 18th!

Fishing on Devils Lake for the Perch Patrol has been hit and miss this past week.  We have had some very good days and some very tough days as well.  The tough days that we have encountered were mainly due to 40 mph winds that made life challenging and the cold front that followed.

We have had some groups do very well on perch before and after the front blew through.  The perch we are finding have been 28 to 40 feet of water.  They are hungry some days and some days they are not.

The walleye fishing has been also very hit and miss.  We have started out fishing walleyes in the morning and catch a few and return to the same spot at the end of the day and hear nothing but crickets.  Other days, the before dark bite has been on fire.

We have been having our best luck with the small Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with either a minnow head or wax worms.  One of our guides Mr. Nick Fautsch has had the lucky rabbits foot in his pocket lately as he has been finding a lot of the perch as of late.  Way to go Nick!  Tom Backer had a guest catch a 7 1/2 pound walleye he wanted to mount and 2 hours later the same fellow caught a 10 pounder.  We won’t as Tom how many he caught himself that day however.

The ice conditions on Devils Lake still vary quite a bit, depending on where you go.  We do have some areas that have up to 12 to 16 inches of ice but we also have 8 to 12 inches of ice.  For safety reasons, the Perch Patrol is still taking guests out with ATVs.  It’s a lot more work, loading and unloading all the gear but so far our guests have been very helpful.

Our schedule is very full.  December is sold out, currently January 5, 6, 7, and 25th are the only day left in January, February 8, 13, 15, 19, and 22nd are the only days left open, and March is filling fast too. The only consecutive days we have left available for packages is Jan. 5,6,7 and after March 17th.

Courtesy of Perch Patrol

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