Devils Lake (Devils Lake State Park In Baraboo), Sauk County

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9/12/18 @ 1:25 PM
DaveI
DaveI
MEMBER since 7/3/01

When I was the DNR Fisheries Biologist for Sauk and Columbia Cos in the late '60 - early '70s, I did an boomshocker survey on Devil's L. one night.  We shocked and captured a Northern pike that was about 40" long.  It was in the huge rocks along the west shore.

They were (are) self-sustaining since there was no stocking record for them.  I assumed they utilized the small wetland in the southwest corner as a spawning marsh, (now a parking lot?) since that was the only significant inflowing stream.

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9/10/18 @ 1:48 PM
meszydlowski
meszydlowski
USER since 1/30/16

M.M.M

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9/10/18 @ 12:24 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Yah, there are northern pike in there, but they are few and far between.  

I watched a youtube video last year of a kid catching one in Devils Lake.  I think it was 13 lbs. I don't think he was actually fishing for Northern Pike though.

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9/10/18 @ 12:09 PM
M.M.M
M.M.M
USER since 5/8/18

Has anyone fished for and caught pike out of devil's lake, says they are in there. Aslo have found a dead one that was actually like really big a long while back. Just wondering if anyone on here knows anything about the pike in the lake and where to catch them, thanks.

Edited on 9/10/18 12:12 PM
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7/7/18 @ 11:19 PM
FISHING REPORT
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

MOON PHASE (36%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Fished Friday evening for a couple hours.  Tried for trout out from the cabins in about 25-30 feet of water fishing about 5-10 feet off bottom..  i got three bites but was unable to hook any of them using crappie minnows.  I was using walleye rods that are fairly stiff and I think the trout were able to feel the resistance.

Fished Saturday evening along the south shore for pan fish.  We caught a few bluegills around the weed beds.  We had our best luck just up from the beach area on the S.W. side catching mostly rock bass and pumpkin seeds.  Nothing worth bragging about, but steady action.  

Being a holiday weekend, I think the trout were maybe a bit shy with all the commotion around the lake.

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7/1/18 @ 3:39 AM
homewrecker
homewrecker
USER since 8/28/03

Set a slip bobber at 12' - 15' and just hook a small minnow through the back. Drift around the middle and you should do okay with the trout. I have managed bass on the same set up, but never targeted them.

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6/30/18 @ 9:22 AM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Nope, not trying to be annoying.  Just trying to learn something before I go out.  Thanks to all that posted information.  It is truly appreciated.

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6/30/18 @ 6:49 AM
never5
never5
USER since 4/9/04

Sandpike are you purposely trying to annoy everyone trying to help you. Enough go fish already it’s part of the sport and yes use a pike minnow for panfish and trout.

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6/29/18 @ 10:04 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Thanks guys, that info helps a lot.  I am getting anxious to get out and hook a few.

Is a pike or crappie minnow on a bare hook the best bet in the summer?

 Also, are the bluegills generally a good size or do you have to catch 10 to get one keeper?

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6/29/18 @ 9:15 PM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
I agree on the slip bobbers. When I was a kid we used to get trout from shore using them, but that is about the only way to catch them from shore, in a boat though rods over the side work better IMHO. That being said if you are an avid fly fisherman that will catch fish. When my friend that has spent years in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming comes to visit I usually take him out. He uses a fly rod. I usually just run the trolling motor and watch him work. The biggest trout I have seen come out of there personally all came from his fly rod. 

Edited on 6/29/18 9:21 PM
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