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

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7/7/18 @ 11:19 PM
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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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6/29/18 @ 8:52 PM
Darkest Water
Darkest Water
USER since 6/30/17

Yep.  I usually fished 15-20 feet down, directly under the boat.

Trebles are legal, just like tip-up fishing.  Just can't use them for intentional snagging as that's illegal.

As stated below, the trout are all over in the deep water and a fish locator can help determine the depth they're at for the time of day.

I've tried slip bobbers, but honestly, the rods over the side of the boat seemed to produce better for me.

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6/29/18 @ 8:25 PM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
There are trout all over the lake, including by the cabins. I live just outside the park and I've fished the lake 30 years and caught them almost everywhere, though don't fish them anymore. It's simple fishing don't overthink it. Drift with multiple rods at different depths. Let the fish tell you what depth they are at. Adjust accordingly. If you have even a basic locator you can see the depth of the schools often. On occasion a coworker will want to fish trout there. We usually dump my bass boat in, move around  watch our graphs, and between 2 of  us we usually have 2 limits within an hour, hour and a half. Then we usually chase gills, which IMHO is the most fun species to fish in this lake. To answer your other question, weight, a hook and minnow is all you need.

Edited on 6/29/18 8:26 PM
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6/29/18 @ 7:50 PM
Sandpike
Sandpike
USER since 2/23/07

OK, so you start out from the cabins in about 30-40 ft of water.  But you are fishing about 20 ft down?  Am I correct there?

Then, if nothing, you just move out further but still fish about 20 ft down?


Btw: Is it legal to fish with a plain treble hook?

Edited on 6/29/18 7:52 PM
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6/29/18 @ 7:20 PM
Darkest Water
Darkest Water
USER since 6/30/17

It's been a couple years since I fished trout here, but here is how I did it.  We would start a couple hundred yards out from the cabins by the south landing.  In 30-40 feet, we would drift.  We used a small treble hook with split shot about a foot above.  Hook a walleye minnow in the back and cast them out roughly 15-20 feet.  Lean the rod tips over the side of the boat, sit back and relax.  When the rod starts bouncing, set the hook and reel in the trout.  If nothing out from the cabins, move around over deep water until you locate them.

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