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Devils Lake has been producing good catches of perch all winter. The size has been mixed...little ones and big ones... No real pattern. It does seem that some days produce heavier catches but it mostly just seems to be were you set up. If you set up over more bigger fish, you caych more bigger fish. They are really spread out in big schools in all of the usual places. No real secrects.

Access is still via foot, ATV or snowmobile. You are risking driving although there is some vehicular traffic.

Ice thickness varies greatly. I fished on 13 inches. I had reports of 7" ice on the same flat.

If you get your jollies from snowmobiling, this is the place top be. 124,000 acres or 200 suare miles of flat snow four inches deep. Let her rip!

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Kevin Neve's Devils Lake Guide Service
fishingminnesota.com/kevin-neve-guiding/
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 701-473-5411 or 701-351-4989
Minnewaukan ND

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The old expression "Shooting fish in a barrel" can apply to perch fishing here on Devils Lake.

Schools of perch can be very large, but consist mostly of inactive or at the least some more active than their "school mates". Sometimes the more active fish or fish of a larger size can be in a very small "room" in the school. If you find those better fish, your day can be quit enjoyable, set up in the wrong classroom and in can be very frustrating.

Some days it is like this. You just need to keep plugging away. I have said several times that small moves can be as productive as major moves. This weekend again proved this point.

Clients in one Otter caught most of the fish but the Otter 30 feet away produced very little. Circling around the productive shack did nothing to improve their luck. Changing set-ups did nothing either. It seemed the active fish were located directly below the one Otter.

Fish were present on the outer edges but they were not as aggressive as their schoolmates in the next classroom. They would not rise as fast as high and/or strike a bait as aggressivly.

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Kevin Neve's Devils Lake Guide Service
fishingminnesota.com/kevin-neve-guiding/
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 701-473-5411 or 701-351-4989
Minnewaukan ND

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Kevin:

Thanks for that advice. It's mighty useful, and makes me with I was living near D.L. again. Wish I'd have had that perspective when I was in N.D.

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