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

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4/26/18 @ 3:42 PM
donut314
donut314
USER since 3/30/15

Thanks Sandpike.  Swimming is not on our plan yet and hopefully it doesn't creep into this weekend's agenda.

And thanks reel riot.  We will be careful.  It's our first time there so I greatly appreciate the advice.

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4/26/18 @ 2:01 PM
reel riot
reel riot
USER since 8/26/01

HEY DONUT,

When hiking those hills around Devils Lake be advised there are rattlesnakes there ! 

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4/26/18 @ 10:52 AM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Lake is beautiful.  I was there a bit over a week ago.  Ice is completely gone.  Certainly you can drop a canoe in.  But, I wouldn't suggest tipping over.  The water is probably still around 40 degrees.

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4/26/18 @ 10:08 AM
donut314
donut314
USER since 3/30/15

Anyone know the condition of the lake?  A friend and I will be hiking there this weekend and was wondering if canoeing can also be an activity.

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3/4/18 @ 9:27 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

Thanks shading.  I just don't know how accurate the fish finder is.  I haven't really had a chance to use it much.  It was given to me by someone who never uses it, I will try to play with it this summer and figure out how to use it properly and hopefully it will help me mark some suspended fish.  At the very least it will allow me to find the optimal depths.  Is there any weed cover out there in depths of 25 feet plus?

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3/4/18 @ 9:19 PM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
I would say 20-35 fow is pretty typical, or at least was for me. If you have a portable locator like you said that will help you narrow down how deep the schools are and what depth to be fishing. PM me if you want more info Sandpike.

Edited on 3/4/18 9:26 PM
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3/4/18 @ 7:26 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

So, the way it seems is these trout seem to always suspend off the bottom.  From the ice fishing reports, it seems most stay in the 20-35 foot depths and fish 3 feet or more of bottom typically.  Is open water fishing pretty typical of that?

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3/4/18 @ 5:37 PM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
I have lived here most of my life and have fished devil's for 30 years. Back when all I could afford was a canoe I fished here 4-5 days a week. A simple hook and enough split shot to to get to the desired depth and a minnow as bait was all I ever used. Just tried to drift and adjust my bait tondepths they were hitting. This almost always produced some fish. If I fished off the bank same set up with a slip bobber. Haven't fished trout here though for along time as fishing for them bored me after so long. Now if i fish here its only for gills.

Edited on 3/4/18 5:39 PM
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3/4/18 @ 4:01 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

I would like to know how the trout fishing is in the summer?  What is the technique that works best, bait, presentation, time of day, etc....?

I only have a canoe with an electric motor and a small portable humingbird fish finder, but I don't rely on it much for marking fish...more for depth.  I really want to try for some trout this summer if it is worth while....I just don't know how to go about it....

I am also determined to give the ice fishing out there a shot next winter after following this forum all season this year.

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3/4/18 @ 3:28 PM
Razzle17
Razzle17
USER since 5/7/17

How is the ice? Is the south landing still frozen enough to walk to the cottages?

- Raz

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