Devil's Lake
2002

02/25/02 11:00PM - We're only 13 hours from departure. The fishing reports look good and there appears to be enough ice. In 2000, we found nearly 30 inches of ice, little snow and temperatures that didn't require jackets much of the time. It may not be that warm this year, but that won't stop us.

02/26/02 11:45PM - Our total trip time was under 12 hours. This included a couple of stops for gas, and some Buff Burgers. Overall the trip went much faster than last time. One guy was testing out his horn, which happend about the same time as we almost missed the 694/94 interchange. The wind was very strong the whole time. All the flags were flying straight out, but we only had the Suburban on two wheels once. Steve's GPS system kept us on track, but Joe was a little worried that his batteries would only last until Fargo. Most conversations started about about fishing, then drifted away. It didn't take much time until we were back on the subject of fishing again. Corey's name even came up while on a discussion about Milwaukee's sewer system. The place where we are staying is very nice. After the battery charges up on the digital camera, I'll post some photos. It's bigger than Chris & Aaron's first three apartments. Well, the green bottles of pond water are coming out, so it's off with the computer. Till tomorrow...

02/27/02 6:45PM - I'd be happy to say that we got our limit today, but that was not the case. 19 perch total was all we could come up with; and most of those were caught within about 30-45 minutes. The wind was really strong, so the ice shacks went up pretty quick. It took us about an hour or so to catch the first fish, then about two hours later we got the rest. We were thinking about moving to a new spot one more time, but after we talked to a few others, we decided to just buy some beer and onions and pack it up for the night. There's some photos for everyone to see, and even some from the lodge. Guess what, Beth, there's even a TV! That's all for today, let the card games begin...

02/28/02 10:00PM - Devil's Lake? It's a bit cold to be called that! One comment today was "At least we know we're men... we don't have any brains." By the time we got set up at our first spot, the windchill warmed up to -44 degrees. Even though we had to drill holes twice because we were too close to the next guy (ya, right), then a third time, because they didn't line up with the shack, we eventually caught a fish. Yup, just one. We started out fishing near the lodge, and although we didn't get skunked, we didn't put anyting in the bucket. Even Gene was in the shack. We were considering just going in for the day, but since we made the sandwiches, we decided to stay out. So, we got off the ice and drove 30 minutes to the other side of the lake. We set up shacks in record time. Even after the long warm ride in the car, we had to thaw our sandwiches over the heaters to eat them. The fish finally started to bite and we got an even dozen. Not the best catch as you can see from the photos. Do you think this is the end? Nope! We got back to the lodge and someone came up with the idea to set tip-ups at sunset and try for Walleyes. Well, at least we made it on and off the ice safely and had beer in the fridge when we got back. A big thanks to Pat for the pork chops and the Elk Stroganoff, both dishes made for 5 and polished off by 4 of us. As always, let's see if we can catch Joe cheating in cards tonight...

03/01/02 8:00PM - We watched the sun rise and the sun set, but still not much luck on the lake. The photos show the 8 fish we got. It was again cold, but we're getting much more efficient at setting up the shacks, so we didn't need to be out there long. The fish were bitting very lightly. But for the second day in a row, I outfished my dad. I need to put that in writing, because it doesn't happen that often. Steve and Joe rented a Vexilar and were marking the fish. They could even get the fish to follow their jigs, but not bite. Gene's camera was broke, so we couldn't see what was going on. We found that it just need to dry out and warm up a little, because it was working when we got back. It didn't seem like anyone else was doing that well, either. Lakeview Lodge owners John and Maria were great hosts. They have a beautiful facility. Maria even printed out some of our digital photos for us. She might be using some of them on their website. As for cards, Joe drifted off to sleep before we could play last night, so we're all going to gang up on him tonight. The final report should be from Wausau, if the snow stays to the south...

03/03/02 10:45PM - Well, it's Sunday night and I'm finally getting around to putting the last entry in for Devil's Lake 2002. The trip home seemed to be just as fast as the trip out to DL. We started to hear about some bad weather, and just hoped that the roads would be cleared by the time we got to Wausau. Technology seemed to be the biggest focus of discussion. It started with Steve and I talking about networking and I even showed him some how to configure some of the settings using my laptop. Next came the GPS. Joe and Steve were finally getting around to labeling their waypoints from the trip. With any luck, they'll still be in their GPS for future trips. Then my mom paged me with a weather report. I started to reply back and that's when Gene really let us have it. He's always been a little bit technophobic... until he saw Steve's GPS. Now, he wants one for Father's Day, and a computer at home so he can surf the net. He even wanted to start a website called fishguts.com (I also used my two-way pager to check the whois database, but it was already taken. what a waste of a good domain name.). We'll see about the GPS, but I'm a little worried about the computer. That's all for this edition. Until next year...

Here are some photos from the trip.

Lodge and Candids

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