Perch Patrol Devils Lake Ice Fishing Reports
Dec 8th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Dec 8th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Devils Lake is frozen over with anywhere from 6 to 9 inches of ice. So far, we have dodged the snow for the most part. A little scary yesterday morning as the weather men were predicting 12 to 16 inches for the Devils Lake Region. We feel very fortunate to have so far, only received an inch or two. It is hard to tell because the wind has been blowing pretty strong. The good news is behind this so called winter storm is a bunch of bone chilling cold weather to help make even more ice!
The fishing has been excellent! Some of our guides have been hitting it pretty hard fishing on their own and they have been able to limit out on both perch and walleyes every time they have been out. The perch outlook for Devils Lake for this upcoming season is one of the strongest we have ever had. I don’t know if you have been following the Perch Patrol Guide Service Page on facebook but we shared an article about the Perch outlook for Devils Lake by our chamber of commerce. In the article the ND Game and Fish talks about the numbers of 12 to 14 inch perch that is currently in the lake is off the charts! So that is good news! Most of us on the Perch Patrol also guide for Mitchell’s Guide Service during the open water season. Although we mostly target walleyes and northern pike, the number of jumbo perch we caught this summer (on accident) was higher than we have ever seen.
We are headed to the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show this weekend and are very excited to visit with fisherman about all the exciting opportunities we have to look forward to this winter. If you are even thinking about going to the show, you just gotta do it. It is the largest ice fishing show in the world. It is literally the Super Bowl of ice fishing. Tons of seminar speakers, two hundred booths of ice fishing products, resorts, guides, all the new ice fishing innovations, it is just incredible what there is to do and see at this show. Once again, the Perch Patrol will be there sharing a booth with our “home” Woodland Resort.
Our first guests arrive on December 14th. If you have not yet made your reservations for this upcoming season, now is the time. We have never had so many in the books this early in the season, and we are doing three sport shows in the next two weekends. So if you want to beat the rush, and be more assured of getting the dates you want, we encourage you to do so very soon.
That’s all we have for now, and we were happy to see some of you at the St. Paul Show!