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Devils Kitchen Lake

Williamson County - Illinois
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Devils Kitchen Lake is a deep, clear, 810-acre impoundment located in the south portion of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge between Marion and Carbondale in Williamson County, Illinois.
Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass ? no length limit, 6 per day creel limit.
Bluegill and Redear? 8? length limit, 25 per day creel limit (in aggregate).
Rainbow trout ? no length limit, 5 per day creel limit.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Devils Kitchen Lake, IL

How big is Devils Kitchen Lake?
Devils Kitchen Lake is approximately 810 sq acres (3.3 sq km) in size.

What kind of fish can you catch in Devils Kitchen Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch in Devils Kitchen Lake.

What are the closest cities to Devils Kitchen Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Makanda, IL, Crainville, IL and Carterville, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Devils Kitchen Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Devils Kitchen Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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What are the best fishing times for Devils Kitchen Lake?
Today for Devils Kitchen Lake, fishing looks to be extremely active with peak fishing times around 8-9 am and 3-4 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Devils Kitchen Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there topographical lake maps available Devils Kitchen Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Devils Kitchen Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Devils Kitchen Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Devils Kitchen Lake?
What does the future look like for Devils Kitchen Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Devils Kitchen Lake.

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Controling Authority
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson

What is the average air temp for Devils Kitchen Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Devils Kitchen Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 83°F (28°C) to a low around 59°F (15°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Devils Kitchen Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 5 state parks in the vacinity of Devils Kitchen Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Devils Kitchen Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Devils Kitchen Lake.
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gene c.
Hoffman Estates, IL
4 star rating
Not only are there good bass in this lake, but there are rainbow trout and even freshwater jellyfish if you can believe that. I thought I was out in the sun too long that day. The lake has a 10 hp limit and the back portion was designated motorless several years ago. It is an extremely stumpy lake, and fishing it when the wind blows can be pretty dangerous. The water is clear. I have caught some really nice bass out of this lake. When the water starts to get cold in October, you can see a lot of trout feeding on the surface near the boat ramp and in the Grassy Creek arm. A rooster tail will produce well. Most of my fishing was done from shore near beaver piles and fallen timber. Small bass jigs like bitsy bugs and topwater lures worked near the trees produced well. Unlike Little Grassy, there are no campgrounds on this lake and it gets very little boat traffic.
Reviewed Dec 11, 2016
andrew p.
5 star rating
Nice lake with pretty good fishing. Submerged trees and very deep.
Reviewed Jun 2, 2011
ron t.
5 star rating
All I can do is add to Jack Gaither's review. At the "Kitchen" you may only have one "hit" in the Day but, it could be a 10lb. hit. I have a 8lb. 14oz. mounted on my wall. The timber is still standing & the Redear are huge if you can get on them. My brother & I had a stringer of 90 & they were all in the 1lb. range, the largest was 1lb. 12oz. I hunted the bottoms while the lake was being built, (my father was working on the spill section) & the timber that was cut was pushed in piles & not burned. It has a 9.9hp. limit and watch the Stumps (trees that have been topped)as they are sharp & can rip a boat open. If you ever fish it you will love it, if your catch is good.
Reviewed Apr 21, 2005

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Devils Kitchen Lake...
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Crab Orchard Lake 6.0 mi 6,965
Carbondale City Reservoir 8.4 mi 135
Ferne Clyffe Lake 9.6 mi 16
Herrin Lake #1 9.8 mi 60
Cedar Lake 10.0 mi 1,750 60 ft
Lake of Egypt 10.2 mi 2,400 52 ft
Dutchman Lake 13.8 mi 118
State Hospital Lake 15.4 mi 25 19 ft
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