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12/25/16 @ 8:16 AM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

ICE DEPTH
17 inches

December 25th; Fishing has picked up. The walleyes and northern are biting good with some fantastic with low pressure systems coming in. The perch are biting good on some of the lakes. Some foot balls coming in. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Bring a snowmobile instead of a wheeler. With the snow blocking some accesses a snowmobile will get you into some remote lakes. We are driving on almost all of the lakes. We are plowing out most accesses. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell



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12/20/16 @ 11:22 AM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
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MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

December 20th; Some walleye, northern and perch getting caught. No hot bit yet. With the weather calming down and warming up, we are getting out to search for hungry fish. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Bring a snowmobile instead of a wheeler. With the snow blocking some accesses a snowmobile will get you into some remote lakes. We are driving on almost all of the lakes. We are plowing out most accesses. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell

Edited on 12/20/16 11:26 AM
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12/15/16 @ 8:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

December 15; Caught a nice limit of walleyes this evening. From15 to 23 inches. We have 12.5 inches of ice. A lot of other lakes have half of that amount of ice. Some of the bigger lakes didn't freeze until last week. We opened accesses to multiple lakes. To dam cold  to move around very much. Very few customers this week. We removed deep snow from the cattails. The soil under was unfrozen. Hopefully they will freeze soon. Some nice perch getting caught but no hot bite yet. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Bring a snowmobile instead of a wheeler. We should be driving on most of the lakes within a couple of weeks or sooner. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell

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12/14/16 @ 6:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

December 13; I drove my suburban with ice shack on the lake near Lehr today. We have 11.5 inches of ice. A lot of other lakes have half of that amount of ice. Some of the bigger lakes didn't freeze until last week. We opened accesses to multiple lakes yesterday. We removed deep snow from the cattails. The soil under was unfrozen. Hopefully they will freeze soon. Some nice  perch getting caught but no hot bite yet. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Bring a snowmobile instead of a wheeler. We should be driving on most of the lakes within a couple of weeks or sooner. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell

Edited on 12/14/16 6:15 PM
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12/11/16 @ 10:05 PM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waxing Gibbous

December 11th; Tried the lake near Lehr late PM. Caught a couple of walleyes and lost a big one. We had 10 inches of ice today. That was one more inch of ice in one day. Will try perch lake tomorrow. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell

Edited on 12/11/16 10:06 PM
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12/10/16 @ 9:03 PM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
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MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous
December 10th; We tried fishing today from 1PM to 3PM. Lots of fish on the screen but no takers. We had 9 inches of great ice. Checked the lake near Lehr and found 9 inches of ice. Checked a lake near Wishek and found only 4.5 inches of ice. Got a report on a small lake that produced some 2LB perch. We are geared up now for some serious exploring of the lakes, looking for the hungery fish. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell or My friend Kurt 712-330-3711 cell, both are in Lehr, North Dakota

Edited on 12/10/16 9:06 PM
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12/7/16 @ 9:06 PM
Donald Schnering
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MEMBER since 12/22/09

December7th; Kurt and I went out in a ground blizzard today. We checked a local lake for ice thickness and found 6 inches. It will be making it fast this week.  Tomorrow I should be getting some bait delivered. Then Kurt and I will try some of the last years great fishing lakes.  Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch "L" bracket by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice readings. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 12 inches of snow in Lehr and big drifts. In the country and on the lakes the snow blew away. I guess it's in South Dakota now. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where they were taken. Other lakes can be different! Driving on ice is very dangerous! Only crazy fishermen do this. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell or My friend Kurt 712-330-3711 cell, both are in Lehr, North Dakota 

Edited on 12/9/16 8:46 AM
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12/3/16 @ 8:41 PM
Donald Schnering
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MEMBER since 12/22/09

December 3rd; We have 1.5 inches of ice on the shallower lakes. The lake near Lehr is 100% frozen over. The weather is getting a lot colder by Tuesday, with lows at -10 deg and a hi in the single digits. This will continue very cold for the next week. We will be fishing the shallower lakes for sure, by the week end if not sooner. The deeper lakes are open now and should freeze up in a week or so. Remember, you are always responsible for checking your own ice. If you have a problem with ice safety, it is up to you! Bring ice picks, a rope, life jacket and a board of about 6 feet long. ND Game and Fish says you need 4 inches to walk on, 6 inches to drive a wheeler on and 12 inches to drive a car on. Remember that the ice on lakes is thicker in shallow areas and can be much thiner in deep areas. Also springs and places that geese keep open late, can make a hazard of there own. Bring a good map of the lake to figure it out. I made a device to check the thickness of the ice, by using a yard stick and attach a three inch  "L" bracket  by the 1 inch end. Put it in the hole and hold it so the "L" bracket rests on the bottom of the ice. On the top of the ice, read the ice thickness. Using a devise like this ends the by guess by golly ice reading that most use. We all depend on accurate ice thickness reports. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We have about 5 inches of snow on the ground and no snow on the ice. Note; all ice condition reports are only good for when and where the were taken. Other lakes can be different! Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell or My friend Kurt 712-330-3711 cell, both are in Lehr, North Dakota 

Edited on 12/5/16 10:40 AM
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11/8/16 @ 10:12 AM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

November 8th; This last week has had a very good walleye bite! My friend caught a 30 incher and all in the group had lots of smaller easters with some bigger ones mixed in. The ducks have a slow migration with spirts of great. The best duck hunting is yet to come with weather changes. We are finding some great pheasant spots with some dead spots. When you stay with me or Curt and you have problems like a wheel bearing went out on my trailer on Sunday or I'm stuck in the middle of no-where or I'm lost and stuck on the lake, Curt and I will come to your rescue. If you stay with someone else, you can have them help you! I help our customers with knowing what lakes are hot now and the baits they are hitting. Lakes go hot and cold often. I will no longer give specific information over the phone. When your checking in, I will provide detailed maps and all that you need to be successful. For a fee of $100., I will help non-customers with info and maps. New State Laws! When transporting a boat anywhere in North Dakota, even on the interstate hwy, make sure you have the plug removed and your not transporting water from a Lake or River. When pulling a boat out of the water, stop half way up the ramp and drain all of your water, then proceed to the parking area to pick off the weeds etc. When you see ND Game and fish personal, please recognize them for there good work, making our fantastic fishery! Hay, buy them lunch! We have lots of openings for the rest of the fall. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We start ice fishing about December 1st. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell or My friend Kurt 712-330-3711 cell, both are in Lehr, North Dakota

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10/23/16 @ 10:15 AM
FISHING REPORT
Donald Schnering
the fish breeder
MEMBER since 12/22/09

MOON PHASE (41%)
Waning Crescent

October 23rd; We had two of our fishermen catch walleye limits of 15 to 18 inches in two hours. They released a 26 incher also. The guy next to them had released a 29 inch walleye. When you stay with me or Curt and you have problems like a wheel bearing went out on my trailer on Sunday or I'm stuck in the middle of no-where or I'm lost and stuck on the lake, Curt and I will come to your rescue. If you stay with someone else, you can have them help you! I help our customers with knowing what lakes are hot now and the baits they are hitting. Lakes go hot and cold often. I will no longer give specific information over the phone. When your checking in, I will provide detailed maps and all that you need to be successful. For a fee of $100., I will help non-customers with info and maps. New State Laws! When transporting a boat anywhere in North Dakota, even on the interstate hwy, make sure you have the plug removed and your not transporting water from a Lake or River. When pulling a boat out of the water, stop half way up the ramp and drain all of your water, then proceed to the parking area to pick off the weeds etc. When you see ND Game and fish personal, please recognize them for there good work, making our fantastic fishery! Hay, buy them lunch! We have lots of openings for the rest of the fall. It is time to get your reservations in for ice fishing season. We start ice fishing about December 1st. Good fishing and good luck. Don Patrol 608-697-6910 cell or My friend Kurt 712-330-3711 cell, both are in Lehr, North Dakota

Edited on 10/24/16 8:54 AM
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