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    Devils Lake (Overview) - Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    By: on 2014-09-24 20:44:56 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Recently made our first trip to Devils Lake and used the Perch-Eyes Guide Service and their lodging.  Started working with them in April to set things up.  At first it was a firm two guys and by May it was three.  Three guys was what the contract was written for and what the deposit was sent in for.  In email exchange there was mention of the possibility of a fourth but that was never confirmed with them.  From the beginning it was stated that we would utilize their guide service the first two days of our trip and the last three days we would fish on our own in our own boat.  The reason I start with all of this is that when we arrived on Sunday night and were unpacking we saw someone go by a couple times to the owners building.  We figured it was one of the guides since the owner had told us he would be out of town until Tuesday.  We finished unpacking and then went to look for somewhere to eat.  Well, nothing in Minnewaukan , so we took a drive to Devils Lake and then around the lake as well on our way home to check things out.  When we got back, we found that someone had stopped by and left a note stating they would be there to pick us up at 0715.  What I did notice was that over the top of what was originally written on the contract for 3 people and pricing, was 4 people and different pricing.  I stated to the guys that I bet two guides show up in the morning.  Sure enough at 0715, two guides with boats show up and the comments from them was that there was supposed to be 4 guys.  So the two of them discuss which one will end up taking us and one of them leaves.  Before much else was said our guide tells us that he has been fishing the North side since June and catching some big fish and having to sometimes work through smaller ones to find them.  Ok, sounds good, but wait, the next thing he says is that they had done pretty good this year booking only trips where folks did not bring their own boat.  We all looked a little puzzled at each other since we had been saying all along that we were bringing our own boat.  Then he stated that he was not going to take us to the North side because we had brought our own boat, because they want to keep that for the locals.  He stated several times that he had not fished the South side since June and that he wasn't sure how things would go.  There is no doubt the guide knows the lake as he put us on fish right away, small ones at the first stops and then moved to the old highway and by 1000 or so we had our limit of nice eaters. Biggest Walleye of the day was 20.5. Since it was our first trip to the area of course we had lots of questions about the lake and the area.  Sure was hard trying to get a good conversation going with the guide.  Short answers all the time.  On the phone a lot as well.    Then he drops a couple hints about going in early.  Sorry, going to fish the time we are paying for.  Went back in and he cleaned the fish.  Said he would be there the next morning at 0700.  Ate fish that night and talked about the day's events.  Wondered where we would go day two.  Ended up back at the same spot again catching fish and getting a limit by 1000 or so.  Had some rain early and winds did pick up as the day went on.  Winds and waves certainly did not keep him from flying across the lake when we moved.  Cleaned fish and back to the trailer to settle up.  Took care of business, not much conversation and that was it.  No comment about hope you had a good time, hope you enjoy the rest of your stay or good luck fishing the rest of your trip.  Felt like your money is good, but you are really more of an inconvenience.
    Tuesday evening a group of 6 showed up and stayed at the house next to us.  Owner mowed grass that evening, but never stopped and said a word to us.  Wednesday morning all three guides picked them up.  We left a short while later and went to the same launch as the past two days.  Our guide had already launched and another pulled up as we were launching.  Where the third guided went, not sure but have our suspicions (North).  We did run into our guide that morning and waved and said hello, all we got back as a half raised two finger wave (sorry for the inconvenience). Fished until late afternoon and caught a bunch of fish.  Returned to the trailer and find the neighbors and two of the guides sitting on the back porch.  Our guide was not there.  Got a wave and hello but that was it.  Thought maybe the owner would come over and introduce himself and see how things were going.
    Storms Wednesday night and the wind was supposed to be bad Thursday morning, so we slept in.  Ended up going out later to Six Mile Bay and fought the winds.  Caught a few fish.  Friday morning we were up and preparing to head out when the three guide boats took off.  Watched as they left and they all headed north.  We caught a bunch of fish again. 

    1.  Would not have been difficult for the Guide to have stopped while we were unloading and introduce himself and say that he would be back later to give us the details.  He went by a couple times.
    2.  The pictures of the lodging do make it look bigger than it really is.  It will sleep 4, but I would hate to have 4 in there as even with three you are bumping into each other.  But it certainly is not a shack in the woods either.  We did find the vice grip shower handle amusing (even asked the wife if she could special order me one from Home Depot) and the spider web in the ceiling fan that had to have been there for months, it was huge.  We had a place to lay our heads, cook and catch the game so all in all not too bad.
    3.  Understand that the guide has probably been asked the same questions we asked him a thousand times, but it was the first time we asked them and last I checked, Service is in the title Guide Service.  Goes a long way........
    4.  If you are not going to fish a certain area because the client brings their own boat, then tell them up front.  This was the biggest load of crap I have ever experienced dealing with a Guide Service.  None of us will ever return to this Guide Service and will do our best to put the word out about how we were treated and help others from making the mistake of booking with them.
    5.  We did meet several nice local folks at the boat launches that told us where they were fishing and how and how they did.  Also the folks at Pete's Bait Shop across from the new Walmart, were extremely friendly and we enjoyed the conversations with them about the lake and places to fish.  There is Bait shop in Minnewaukan and the guy there was nice.  Learned later that the owner of Perch-eyes is co-owner of the bait shop.  We must of met the other co-owner and he was nice.  Would recommend either of them.
    6.  The owner never once stopped and introduced himself, even though he was there mowing one day, on the porch  of the other lodging right next to us and drove by several times.  This is from their website "Come as a customer and leave as a friend."  A bit hard if you never come and introduce yourself!
    7.  Also there is this comment "You will be fishing out of 20ft boats that are bought new every two years for your safety and comfort.  All of our equipment is new each year to provide a safe and fun filled experience."  The boat could have been only two years old and the gear new this year, but it would be a surprise to all three of us.
    8.  A few changes and this could have been a very positive post!

    Devils Lake (Overview) - Friday, September 5, 2014
    By: on 2014-09-05 16:02:05 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    hey im just a college student looking to get out on devils lake and do some shore fishing, if anyone could give me a few tips ie. ruff places to go and what bait to use that would be very helpful,

    will post report after weekend

    thanks
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Thursday, July 31, 2014
    By: on 2014-08-01 00:07:32 | Add Comment | Post New Report
     Wife and I spent the last couple days exploring Main bay , An area that we haven't fished in many years.  The fishing wasn't as good as I thought  it would be.  Slip bobbers with a leech in 14' of green water caught more and bigger fish than trolling spinners in clear water at all depths.  There was an algae bloom going on and the wind pushed it south so we mostly fished the north end in clear water and trolled spinners but didn't do so hot.  Picked up scattered walleyes here and there in less than 20' and lots of snags.   Moved out to 30' and caught more fish but every single one was small.  Caught two 3/4 pound perch on spinners in 30'.  Did see some boats fishing by the bridge but tried finding my own honey hole.  What's plan B ?   
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Monday, July 28, 2014
    By: on 2014-07-29 07:56:14 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Pulling spinners and slow death rigs east of the Grahams Island road in 13-16 ft of water.  Used both crawlers and leeches.  We used only half of the larger crawlers or else we got bitten off short of the hook.  1.1 mph.  Fire tiger spinner with leech caught a lot of small fish but we caught fish on red too.  Had to weed through a lot of smalleyes to get our limit but we limited in just a tad over 2 hours with a bonus perch.
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Thursday, July 24, 2014
    I'm going up to devils lake Saturday and Sunday to shore fish with some buddies. Where would be a good spot to catch some fish and what should we be using?
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Saturday, July 19, 2014
    By: on 2014-07-22 20:18:19 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Spent the last two weekends up to the big lake.  Hit pelly the first weekend and main lake, east bay, etc etc.   Bottom line those same 13 and under fish have not grown and you can catch them just about anywhere any depth.  We pulled in some 19s -- nothing greater than that.  We pulled spinners.   I will say last weekend the may fly (or whatever fly they have) hatch was on the east side.  Bite was affected -- however not that much -- you know those little gorgers they bite when they full.   Colors didn't matter -- but they did take a crawler better than gulp or leaches.  So if you want numbers and more numbers of 13 inch fish --- Devils lake is hot --- you have to sort through and you can catch some eaters. 
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Friday, July 18, 2014
    By: on 2014-07-18 07:52:57 | Add Comment | Post New Report
     Headed to devils lake today, any resent reports?

    Devils Lake (Overview) - Thursday, July 10, 2014
    By: on 2014-07-10 16:53:23 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    will be fishing six mile bay end of next week,looking to catch some white bass if anyone has any areas to try and target,or something close to six mile.i know i can catch walleye and northerns but just trying to have fun catching something else.any help appreciated.
    Devils Lake (Overview) - Thursday, July 10, 2014
    By: on 2014-07-10 09:33:39 | Add Comment | Post New Report
    Saturday the 5th, when it was hot, it took all day for 2 of us to catch our limit of nice eaters.  10-12 ft of water.  We fished New Mill, the old Grahams Island road, and Six Mile on the west side just south of the old road bed along the weeds.  Slow death rig did the best that day.   Tuesday evening we drifted from the Grahams Island road toward Doc Hagens pulling spinners and slow death rigs and had one of the best fishing days in a long time.  We caught fish on leeches, crawlers, and plastic worms. I think that night we could have hooked up some old shoe leather and caught fish.  Gold blades did the best.  Last night we went out and went to the same spot and rigged the same way.  Pulled our rigs instead of drifting because it started out calm.  Bright green worked a little better, but the bite was not nearly the same.  Lots of smalleyes and lots of shredded crawlers.  We worked anywhere from 9 to 14 feet.  Didn't keep limits but had a nice batch of eaters.

    Good luck and have fun!

    Devils Lake (Overview) - Monday, June 23, 2014
    By: on 2014-06-23 10:44:35 | Add Comment | Post New Report
     Where's a good place to fish off shore

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