Southshore was good last Sunday. Open in front of cabins on west side
If you feel the need to take ropes and other emergency equipment out on the ice with you, you probably should just find another spot. It ain't worth it. The fish are not going to go anywhere. It won't be long and you can safely get out there with no worries. The trout will just be that much hungrier.
If you call the park, they have an automated ice condition report. If you travel in packs try to stay spread out so your weight is not concentrated. Take as rope if you must venture out. Their are a lot of safe places to get fish right now if you do your homework. I love catching fish but i guess i'm not that hungry to lay my life on the line. the guys that have to come rescue your butts have families. Could i buy you a fish dinner?? lol
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I stopped at Devil's Lake on Wednesday 12/12/2018 to check the ice. I pulled into the South Shore boat ramp and walked out about 50 feet from the ramp and drilled a hole...had about 3". To the west where the inlet flows into the lake between the boat ramp and the cabins there was open water out about 100 feet from shore and there was still an open area straight out from the cabins (maybe just a little north) that had about 100 geese swimming around and standing on the ice. With the warm temps and runoff this week, I would be waiting for a good cold snap to make more ice before venturing out. It is still early and the warm weather, wind and sun isn't going to do that ice any favors...tight lines and be safe.
Greetings, fellow Lake Linkers!
Another ice fishing season is upon us! Will be giving it another go up at Devils Lake this year!
I live in Madison and I gotta get up there soon to see how the ice is doing up on Devil's. There is some fishable ice here in Madison on Monona Bay at 2 - 4 inches in places, but not sure of the ice depth at Devil's Lake.
If I do get up to Devil's, I will post an ice depth report for you guys.
Take care all and be safe out there if you happen to go out and catch the early season!
I just got off the phone with the park ranger. He was kind enough to confirm:
”Only Largemouth Bass under 14” can be kept within a daily bag with one fish being over 18” allowed...”
so there’s a protected slot between 14”-18” and folks can now “weed out” the stunted pesky jacks
hope this helps