Devils Lake Ice Fishing Brown Trout - DIY SUCCESS STORY!!!

I headed to Devils Lake in Baraboo, WI to chase after the brown trout, and I ended up having a great day! Not only did I catch my legal limit, but I also gained some trust in my homemade automatic fishermen tip-up sets.
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"Originally from Europe, brown trout have been widely introduced. They usually are stocked about 8-10 inches but eventually may reach as much as 40 pounds if conditions and food sources are favorable. These fish can be aggressive, capable of eating large prey such as mice, however when brown trout ice fishing, downsize your presentations. The best bait for brown trout ice fishing will be small bait such as meal worms or minnows. Or, small lures that can be worked vertically such as spoons or jigs are preferred when that water is this obnoxiously cold.

Although some brown trout ice fishing tips may suggest braided line, it would not be my first choice. Due to its multiple strands, braided line holds more water and thus the fishing rod guides may get blocked with frozen ice jams more frequently than if using standard monofilament.

Check stocking reports” needs to be included in any list of brown trout ice fishing tips. A late season stocking in a body of water will help make those holes in the ice a little easier to drill.

And finally, when brown trout ice fishing, or ice fishing for any fish for that matter, be sure to stay safe. 5 inches of ice is recommended to support an angler and you certainly won’t find it in October. Be patient and make sure all of your ice fishing gear is ready to go when that grumpy Old Man Winter starts closing open water and taking away your places to cast.

Are you planning your next fishing trip? Make sure you purchase your fishing license online first."
-Andy Whitcomb
Fly Fishing