Archived Reports: 2013-2014
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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
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.
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
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!
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!
November 24 2014
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.
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.
have added some new and exciting features to our web site
www.perchpatrol.com 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
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.
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
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
all for now, everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving and please
be safe on the ice!