Devils Lake is a bit of a hidden gem. Overshadowed by Stave Lake just to the east, Devils Lake is often overlooked for fishing choices.
There are some decent-sized trout in Devils Lake, along with some cutthroat trout. They arenât huge, but the lack of fishing pressure can make them a little more willing to bite.
Devils Lake is a hike-in lake, and the trail is located along the southwest end of the lake. Itâs an easy walk in, about 330 metres, but because youâre walking, youâll be restricted in your choice of watercraft. Canoes, kayaks and belly boats will be useful here. Itâs also possible to fish from shore. The water drops off fairly quickly, so you can cast out to deeper water easily.
Devils Lake is not that deep, and the heat of the summer will take its toll on the fishing activity. Plan to be out in the early morning or later evening, or better yet, aim for spring and fall as the best fishing times.
The fish in Devils Lake are wild stock, and this is a great place to experiment with different fly patterns. The lake can be weedy in places, and perfect habitat for insects. Pay attention to the hatches around you, but donât be afraid to deviate from standard patterns.
Pay attention to your movements, as well. Wild stock trout can spook a little more easily than hatchery-bred trout, and it may take more patience and distance when casting to them.
Devils Lake can skunk experienced anglers, and itâs not unusual to go home empty-handed. However, every so often you can hook into one of the larger rainbows lurking here.
From Mission, Devilâs Lake is a short drive along the Florence Lake Forest Service Road. From Dewdney Trunk Rd. / Stave Falls Visitor Centre, take Burma St. Rd. on the left (west), which becomes Florence Lake FSR. Drive about 4.6 km. There is a pullout at the trail head for parking.
As mentioned, the lake is hike-in, though the trail is an easy one. There is no camping at Devils Lake, and while there is an outhouse, there are no other facilities. There is a small beach / day-use area that can work well as a launch point.
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