Anglers Landing Fish on Devils Lake

“Better safe than sorry,” veteran Devils Lake, North Dakota ice guide Zippy Dahl said after closing out his 26th year on the ice.  His 10 guides operate under the apt title of Perch Patrol.  “This was an extremely busy winter, with clients filling most every day from Christmas through the first week of March,” he said. Business was solid due to the continued Canadian border closure and shaky ice conditions in much of the traditional ice fishing belt.  “Our ice shaped up early and…

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For some fishermen, planning, preparation and going to a special destination is the thrill.  To others, it is the actual fishing experience.  For the guys and gals with Devils Lake on the brain, it is both.  This gigantic lake in north-central North Dakota attracts people because as Perch Patrol guide Korey Sprengel said, “It’s always changing.  Every day is a challenge.  It’s an incredible fishery.” Guide John Adams loves it and so do his clients.  “Devils Lake is a mega-fishery. …

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