What a winter it has been!
Thank you to all of you that came and visited us this winter whether it was for lodging, bait and tackle purchases, fish house packages, rentals, or to go fishing with the Perch Patrol guides. We appreciate all of you and wouldn’t exist without you!
This winter brought many challenges for mobility early on in the ice season with lots of snow and limited ice. The continuous weather changes made the fishing unusually finicky on many occasions although we did see a good amount of fish come through the doors. I guess they don’t call it fishing for nothing!
Tommy took some time to take the following video to personally thank you on behalf of the ice crew, and he left a nice treat back in the lake for someone next winter ;).
Fishing Report and Ice Conditions
Over this past weekend a lot of locals have been putting the smackdown on Jumbo’s (Perch) and the Walleye’s have been hitting hard as well. Jigging Raps, Forage Minnows, Puppet Minnows, and Buckshots have all been working. This late ice is generally a great opportunity for catching fish in their pre-spawn period. They go on a mega feeding frenzy before moving into shallower water for spring spawning action (good spring fishing is right around the corner). If you catch a Perch right now, there’s a good chance you’ll see it dropping some eggs as you grab it out of the hole.
With the warmer weather the ice conditions are changing hourly. It’s ATV’s and walking only from here on out. We’ll probably see the end of ATV’s towards the end of the week if not sooner. One thing you need to keep in mind when going out is lake access can change rapidly. Just because you can get out doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get back in.
We’ll have limited reporting over the next 5 weeks or so but stay tuned for an upcoming post: “The Best Tool for Finding Fish on Devils Lake” (hint: it’s completely free and you can use it to date back to the early 1990’s, before Devils Lake rose 20+ feet).
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Until next time!