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Sunday, January 20, 2013

We have had a roller coaster of weather over the past ten days. Temps have varied from 30 below to 35 above. We have had brutal weather the last two days. Wind, cold, and blowing snow has kept most anglers off the ice. The decision to purchase a SnoBear has proven to be a wise investment. We were able to fish right through a blizzard with 40 mph gusts and all of our clients were warm and comfortable, we even managed to catch fish!!

As for the bite, it has been really up and down. The perch are pretty good one day and spotty the next. Seems like they are going most consistently in that 20-30 ft of water. We have caught them mixed in with the walleyes. Buckshots, forage minnows, and lindy flyers tipped with a minnow head have been the best. Best bite for walleyes has been in 12-30 ft of water. Seems like there are walleyes all over, with lots of classes of fish (anywhere from 8-18 inches is the norm). Buckshot with a minnow head seems to trigger the most bites. We have caught pike mixed in with the walleyes. The weather looks to be warming up a bit later this week and hopefully we will have more stable weather....

If you would like to experience a unique ice fishing trip, give us a call, the SnoBear is an absolute DREAM to fish out of. We can pick up and move in a matter of seconds. There are days we move 20-30 times. The idea is simple, when the fish stop biting, we move until we find fish that want to!

Monday, January 7, 2013

We are very excited to have a SnoBear to fish out of this winter!! We decided this would be the best way to provide all of are clients with a safe, comfortable, and unique ice fishing experience on Devils Lake. We have had about ten groups out in the SnoBear and just about every group has re-booked for trips later this winter. The fact that you do not have to go outside and that you are always warm and comfortable is very appreciated by our clients. Also, we can pick up and move in a matter of seconds, which really improves our clients chances for catching fish. It has been very amazing how making "little moves" can really help trigger bites when it seems like the bite has stopped. On spots that have been holding fish, we have made 6-10 moves (about 30-50 yds a move) and been able to catch just about ackshots tipped with a minnow head has been the best for us.

Walleyes have been cooperating very well and we are having limits of them daily. We are catching a variety of classes of fish, anywhere from 10-20 inches with the norm being fish in that 14-16 inch range. A buckshot tipped with a minnow head has been the best. We are catching fish in 8-20 ft. of water.

 The perch have been more hit and miss. There are days that they really go and others where you might only get a few. The key is figure out what depth it is going to work at. Some of our most consistent perch bites have been in 8-10 feet of water; however, we have also caught them in 30-50 ft. I guess the bottom line is to not be afraid to try a variety of depths until you can get a pattern. Buckshots, forage minnows, lindy flyers, and genz worms have all produced. Good luck to all and if you would like to experience some fun and comfortable fishing, shoot us an email or give us a call!