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2014 - 2015 Fishing Reports


Thursday, December 18 2014

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. 


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Well first of all we would like to Thank all of you who stopped by and visited our Woodland Resort/Perch Patrol booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show last weekend.  Wow, what an event!  Every year that show seems to grow a little bit more.  Jeff Dosch, Zippy Dahl from the Perch Patrol worked the booth along with Kyle Blanchfield, the owner of Woodland Resort and Devon Sundeen an ice fishing expert and reservation specialist at Woodland Resort.  A great weekend was had by all.

The rest of the Perch Patrol Team along with some of their buddies were out fishing on many parts of Devils Lake.  They hunted for both perch and walleye and although they didn't find them everywhere they did find quite a few to play with and a few days they even caught their limits of perch.  Other days they marked a lot more that they caught as some of the perch were tight lipped.  See photos below of some of their nice catches!

As far as ice conditions go...kind of all over the board.  They found 11 to 12 inches on the main lake and in Creel Bay.  The did find a few 5 to 6 inch spots on the main bay however.  The Minnawauken Flats had about 13 to 14 inches consistently.  Pelican had a the most ice 14 to 16 inches but they reported a lot of pressure ridges to navigate around.  East Bay has about 10 to 12 inches as well.

We are glad we have as much ice as we do this early but still recommend using an atv or snowmobile instead of driving full size vehicles.  Safety First!  It's going to be a long season, let's keep it that way!

The reservations for the Perch Patrol are absolutely through the roof.  Never in our history have we felt this much demand this early.  We are coming off our best season ever last year and our guests that experienced it with us seem to be all coming back with even larger groups.  The only days that we have left in January and February are single day trips, meaning there just aren't any two or three days in a row to do a package.  March is the only month that we have package possibilities and the last couple of days, we have been selling a lot of them.  Please visit our availability calander to view what we have left.

We are very excited for our first guests that are arriving this coming weekend and then our season will really kick off on December 15th.  We will have more to report on ice conditions and hopefully have more pictures to show you as well.

Be safe out there!


Monday, November 24 2014

Well, we're back!  As I sit down write the first Perch Patrol Fishing Report of the new season, I am delighted to announce that all of Devils Lake is froze over.  Yes folks we have ICE!  As usual the shallow parts of the Devils Lake system, mainly on the west side, froze about 10 days to 2 weeks before the main lake.  So our ice conditions are going to vary quite a bit for a while.  We have not been fishing yet but some people that have been out have been reporting 6 to 7 inches on the west parts and about 2 inches in Creel Bay and on the main lake.  As always if you are planning to venture out use extreme caution and fish with a buddy.

We are very much ahead of schedule than most years in both the ice making and in our reservations.  It is no secret that last season was the most successful in the history of the Perch Patrol's 19 years of business and the reservations that are already in our books has never been higher at this point before our season begins.   Not only are the people that fished with us last year returning but so are the folks that we had to turn away last season because we were already full when they tried to schedule a trip.

We have added some new and exciting features to our web site  First of all, there is no more train packages.  I feel we have more than covered that on the reasons why.  But we did rebuild these packages to make them more suitable for our drive in guests.  As always we have 3 different package options out of Woodland Resort which has been home to the Perch Patrol since our beginning.  Woodland is also going through some exciting changes that we are looking forward to in the near future.  More on those later...  We also have 3 different package options with Devils Lake's newest hotel in town, the Sleep Inn and Suites.  We are also very excited about some of the great amenities they have to offer our guests that choose to lodge with them.  For more information about all of these great packages please visit our New Packages page on our web site

About 1 week ago, we added a new feature to our web site called Availability Calander.  This has been a home run with our visitors so far.  By clicking on the Availability Calander, you can see exactly what the Perch Patrol schedule is like for each month of our operation.  Just select what month you would like to view and monthly calander will appear.  On each day it will tell you exactly how many spots are available.  A spot is considered a person.  If it says no availability that means the Perch Patrol is sold out for that day.  This makes our lives a lot easier as now most people that call already know what is available and what is not.

Currently all of our guides are spending quite a bit of their day getting ready.  We are busy assembling our new Clam Thermal fish houses, rigging our trucks, respooling rods and reels, making shelves that will protect our new Vexilar FLX-28's and 22's from flying around, tuning up snowmobiles and Atv's, the list goes on and on.  We are also getting our new brochures ready for upcoming sport shows in St. Paul, Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

So, although we are not fishing quite yet, we will be soon.  Our first guests arrive on December 11th and we have lots to prepare before the "show" begins.  If you are at all serious about fishing with the Perch Patrol this winter, you need to get aggressive about it and give us a call.  The month of December and January are already nearly full but we still have plenty of room in February and March.

Thats all for now, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and please be safe on the ice!




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