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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Xmas was fun...but now it is time to fish!!

As for the bite..,we have been fishing all over the Devils Lake basin with great luck for walleyes, pike, and jumbo perch the past ten days. Ice is really quite good (15-20 inches) is the norm most places. Please still use caution around current areas, cracks, and on Stump Lake. 
Walleyes have been caught in depths ranging from 8-25 ft for us. Buckshots tipped with a minnow head have been deadly! 
Perch have been caught as shallow as 10 ft and as deep as 50 ft. I suggest staring somewhere in between and work shallower and deeper until you find them.
Our best lures for jumbos have been: Hali's, buckshots, flyers, PK spoons and on days where they are less aggressive, we have use a dropper rig set-up.
Most pike are being caught in with the walleyes and we have also had luck finding pike in shallower water along weed lines. Tip ups or aggressive lures such as buckshots and salmo zippers have worked well!

We have seen weather from 30 below to 30 above, it is winter in North Dakota...on the bright side we are still catching fish on the cold front days! Just the other day it was 30 below and we had a group fish all day long in sweatshirts inside of the comfortable SnoBear! I believe the temp in the bear was 75-80 degrees all day long. Our clients caught a limit of beautiful walleyes and they were warm and comfortable!
If you would like experience an ice trip like no other, give us a call and we will make it happen!

Here is a little taste of what we have been experiencing the past week!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ice fishing is starting off hot!!

The perch bite has been very good to start out the ice fishing season! We have been catching lots of 12-13 inch perch with some over 14 inches!! Ice conditions are getting better each day, make sure you  are still very careful. Many areas are 8-10 inches, but there are places that are less.
We have caught fish on PK spoons, Bucksots, Hali's, and dropper rigs tipped with a waxworm. Minnow heads have been good as well!
Best depths have been 12-30 feet. Fish can really be at a lot of different depths this time of year so punch holes and cover water!

Good luck to all!!