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Drake

We stopped at Blackduck Fri. for a couple of hours befoe heading up to red and did pretty well kept around 20 fish that were all very nice. We caught most of our fish around 20 feet on jigs and minnow heads. Sat. we fished the same area and did alot better our whole crew was up by that time so we had 8 guys drilling holes we figured we punched around 80 holes. most of the fish were caught on jigs and minnow heads again but I caught all of my fish on a yellow Fat boy jig and a wax worm. We kept about 75 perch that were from 10 to 13 inches all nice worm free fish...
Ice conditions were fine but with this weather it is going bad fast the ice is very soft..
Do the perch bite like this all winter or is it just a late season bite????????

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TNT~Thanks for your report! Glad you were able to get into them, there are some nice ones out there! That's one thing that we have found about the fish on Blackduck (walleye & northerns as well as the perch) that the fillets are pretty clean. Had five folks who fished it for a little while on Friday and then on Saturday they just fished Blackduck and skipped Red, between the two days the five guys kept 125, and there were a lot of really nice ones. Gave some folks today a starting point and the three of them brought back their limits this afternoon of perch weighing up to 1.2 pounds. Don't think truck traffic will be lasting too much longer out there.

This year, and last year, the perch bite was spotty until March, with some days you could get quite a few and other days just a couple. This winter was a little different from last as the perch bite didn't really kick in good until last weekend. Last year we were getting the jumbos earlier in March, but I think the temps had a lot to do with it. (Last year we were pretty close to normal temps in March (around 30 for the high) where at the first of March this year we were still barely getting in the single digits for the highs for some days and the lows were way below zero.)

Last year once the bite kicked in good perch fishing lasted until ice out, which was April 12 for last year (still have a picture in the office of pics from that date). If you make it this way again, stop in and say hi, always love meeting new people and swapping fishing stories!

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TNT- RODS, Glad you had good luck. And yes the perch bite like that all winter, There wasn't too many days that we didn't do well. You just have to find them to get them to bite. March is a little better for the bite because of the water running down the holes and warmer temps.

Kupcho

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What's the best guess on the ice conditions on Blackduck Lake this weekend? Just planning on coming up and hoping to get some fishing in yet.

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The ice has softened in spots on Blackduck and since there is no one who works the access and the lake regularly checking the ice conditions, we are recommending that folks use ATV's/Four Wheelers. We had some folks that walked out yesterday, and a few others drove. As of yesterday, the ice was still around three feet thick, but again, there are some softer spots, so we recommending ATV's (or walking~and you aren't having to walk far to get into the perch), better to be safe than sorry!

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Thanks for the post Drake, planned on using 'wheelers anyway. I'll let you know how we do.

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