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The Perch Patrol Guide Service is a collection of the area’s preeminent and most professional fishing guides.  Beyond guiding ice fisherman, this famous group of guides is very active in the ice fishing industry.  They provide product consultation and field testing for their sponsors as well as sharing of their knowledge with not only clientele but influential media that can reach out to all ice-fishermen through outdoor television to help promote and further the growth of the sport of ice-fishing.

Every guide on the Perch Patrol Staff is honored to be recognized as one of the finest ice fisherman in the industry.   Each guide prides himself on giving 100 percent effort everyday.  We appreciate and recognize some of the great distances our customers travel to get here and that is why we take your vacation very seriously.  “Behind every bent rod is a smiling face and another happy customer” – Steve Zippy Dahl



Steve “Zippy” Dahl

Zippy began guiding ice fisherman in 1995 and is one of the founding members of the Perch Patrol. He is the captain of this famous guide team and does most of the behind the scenes work with marketing, scheduling, and organizing the reservations. Zippy has been one of the familiar faces representing the Perch Patrol on numerous outdoor television shows such as Tony Dean, Midwest Outdoors, Kent Hrbek Outdoors, Jason Mitchell Outdoors, ESPN’s Back roads, and North American Fisherman.

During the summer months Zippy is the longest tenured guide on Mitchell's Guide Service, which also operates out of Woodland Resort.  Versatility is the key to catching walleyes all summer long on Devils Lake and Zippy enjoys casting crank baits, slip bobbering, trolling bottom bouncers and spinners, jigging, and long line trolling crank baits.

Zippy is one of the founding fathers of the famous “Perch Express”, which has become the most popular ice fishing trip in the industry. His favorite species to fish is definitely jumbo perch but he also loves to target walleyes and northern pike. Zippy enjoys teaching and watching his clients catch fish and is a firm believer that a successful guided trip is about more than just catching fish; its about having a good time and becoming a better fisherman along the way.


Tom Backer

Tom comes to us from Fargo, ND and the Professional Walleye Tournament Trails.  Tom has fished competitively for 28 years and 17 years professionally. Tom competed in both the In-Fisherman PWT and the FLW.  He has to his credit 10 top 10 finishes and 1 first place finish in Chamberlain, South Dakota on Lake Frances Case in 2002.  He also proudly won one of the first Angler Youth Angler (AYA) tournament with his daughter held on Devils Lake.  Fishing professionally that number of years has made him the versatile angler that he is today.  He has literally fished bodies of water from Columbia River in Oregon to Buffalo, New York and from Comberland, Kentucky to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.

During the summer months, Tom is a full time guide for Mitchell's Guide Service that operates out of Woodland Resort on Devils Lake.

Tom has fished all his life and fondly remembers beginning fishing with a cane pole with his grandparents.

Tom is entering his 5th season with the Perch Patrol Guide Service.  His favorite species through the ice are walleyes and perch and his favorite lure is the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoon.


Nick Fautsch

Nick was born and raised in New Prague, Minnesota.  He grew up the "American Way" here in the north country by playing hockey and ice fishing.  He recalls fishing with his father and grandfather at the age of 3 or 4.  Upon graduating from high school Nick bought his first boat at the age of 18 and began fishing tournaments.  He fished competitively in MWC, WWA, and Minnesota Tournament Trail events.  He had several top ten finishes and also was part of a team that won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place finishes in Red Wing, Minnesota.  When Nick was 23 he began fishing the FLW tournaments.

Nick has been guiding ice fisherman on Devils Lake since 2009 and in 2010 began his tenure with the Perch Patrol Guide Service.  Nick's favorite part of guiding is meeting new people and developing a relationship with the fish by fishing every day.  No, he has not stared at a vexilar too long.  What he means is by time spent on the ice day after day, he likes to learn their patterns and movements.  Nicks favorite species to pull through the hole are walleyes and perch.  His favorite lure is Northland's orange buckshot rattle spoon.

Nick also guides during the summer months for Mitchell's Guide Service and the number of days he spends guiding on the waters of Devils Lake year round is not done by many.


Dave Randash

"Governor Dave" as he is often called, comes to us from Dilworth, Minnesota.  Dave fished professionally in both the PWT and RCL tournaments from 1997 to 2010.  He has competed in multiple championships in both tournaments along with 8 top ten finishes out of 11 years.

Dave has been very active in the fishing industry his entire life.  He was on the Lund Pro Staff for 18 years and has served the FM Walleye Club on the board of directors.  In 2012 Dave received the clubs highest honor as he was voted "Distinguished Member of the Year."

Dave has been guiding for the Perch Patrol since 2010.  Not only does he enjoy teaching his customers how to catch fish his biggest enjoyment comes from watching them smile as they reel in a fish.

Dave began fishing with his father and Grandfather at the age of 3 and he fondly recalls catching pan fish and walleye on the dock at Silent Lake in western Minnesota.

Dave is also the the owner of Randash Decorating in Dilworth, Minnesota.  He also has spent 22 years with the Volunteer Fire Department in Dilworth and has extensive training in First Responder, CPR, and Dealing with emergency situations.

Dave is one of the most friendly guides on the planet and upon meeting him, you will easily figure out why we call him "Governor Dave"

Tanner Paine

Tanner Paine is also a native of Devils Lake and has also lived and fished here his entire life.  Tanner has a true passion for fishing and it all began when he was a little boy fishing in northern Minnesota for walleyes and crappies with his Grandpa.

Tanner Paine also has experience working for Woodland Resort and on his off days could usually be found on the lake fishing somewhere.

"Painer" as we call him, loves to fish for jumbo perch and walleyes and isn't afraid to do what it takes to find either of them.  His favorite lure is the "Hali" made by Nilsmaster and he loves to tip the hoolk full of maggots. 

We are also very excited to add Painer to our staff and look forward to his enthusiasm infectious smile.


Tanner Thomas

Tanner is a native of Devils Lake and has lived and fished here all of his life.  At the young age of 3, Tanner began fishing with his Dad and Uncle.  This will be Tanner's 3 year of guiding for the Perch Patrol and he also guides full time during the open water months as a guide for Mitchell's Guide Service.  Tanner grew up working in Woodland Resort's bait shop for 4 years and being around the "Woodland Atmosphere" has helped mold and shape him into knowing what customers want to make their trip successful. 

Tanner is one of our "Young Guns" that will not only help find fish but he is home grown and always seems to have a finger on the pulst of the lake and knows what's going on - when and where, especially when it comes to perch.

Tanner's favorite species to fish for is jumbo perch and his favorite lure is Northland's 1/16 oz Buckshot Rattle spoon tipped with a minnow head.





Tanner Elshaug

Tanner also was born and raised in Devils lake, ND.  He is the son of Larry Elshaug, who many consider the best walleye ice fisherman in Devils Lake History.

Tanner not only had the good fortune of learning from one the the greats, he also inherited a strong, hard work ethic that is easily noticed when looking for fish.  This man was born with an ice auger in his hands!

Tanner also guides for Mitchell's Guide Service in the summer months and after hours continues to help his Dad pouring concrete, pumping sewers, and helping area farmers with the harvest.  

His favorite species to fish are both jumbo perch and walleyes and his favorite lure is rip jigging a sonar. 


Brett Kenner

Brett comes to us from Leeds, North Dakota.  Brett is the son of Roger Kenner, a world renouned Big Game hunter.  It is easy to notice Brett is following his footsteps.  Along with guiding for the Perch Patrol, Brett guides for Mitchell's Guide Service in the summer time and has also guided elk hunters in Wyoming.

When it comes to passion for the outdoors, whether its hunting or fishing, this guy loves every bit of it.

His favorite species to fish for is walleyes but tearing into a school of jumbos is a close second.




Pete Harsh - "Mr. Tiller"

Pete comes to us from Sauk Center, MN. His accomplishments in open water tournament fishing are a mile long.  Bottom line Pete Harsh is one of the top all time money winners in walleye tournament history and we are lucky to have him join our staff.

Pete is no stranger to the waters of Devils Lake.  In 2006, he took 2nd place in the FLW Tour on Devils Lake and in 2007, he brought home 1st place in the same tournament and became the North Dakota Walleye Tour Champion.  In 2012, Pete retired from fishing professional tournaments and began guiding for Mitchell's Guide Service on Devils Lake. 

Instead of chasing walleyes all over the country, Pete enjoys teaching and mentoring his guests on the sport of fishing whether its on the open water or on the ice.

Korey Sprengel

Korey comes to us from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.  He began his tournament career in 2008 and since 2011 Korey Sprengel has accomplished stardom as being one of the top anglers in professional walleye tournament fishing. 

Korey is also no stranger when it comes to fishing the waters of Devils Lake.  In 2014 he took first place in the World Walleye Championship held on Devils Lake.

In the past four years, Korey has won 7 major tournament championships and in 2013 he tied for Angler of the Year.

During the winter months, Korey has developed a true passion for ice fishing and is excited to join the Perch Patrol Guide Service to further educate and promote the sport of fishing to all of our guests.









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