Summer fishing patterns--and boat traffic--on lakes

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Dave Duwe | July 8, 2014

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 7/7 through 7/13

The summer patterns on Delavan Lake are in full swing. The northern pike and largemouth bass are on the deep weed lines. The walleyes have slowed quite a bit. The one drawback for summer on Delavan Lake is the boat traffic. Your best bet is early in the morning or in the evenings otherwise, it's just too busy to fish.

The best bite on the lake has been largemouth bass. They are on the weed line in 12-15 feet of water.  Anywhere you can find good pockets of weeds, the fish are going to be readily available. The best location has been west of the Yacht Club or by Browns Channel. They can be caught on a black and blue jig or a split shot rigged night crawler. Some of the fish I caught last week were over 5 pounds.

Northern pike action has been good when the weather has been warm.  When the cold fronts go through, the fishing slows tremendously. Look for the fish by the Gray Condos, Willow Point or by Browns Channel. I've been using medium suckers, the smaller the better. The fish are not aggressively taking the big bait this time of year.

Walleye fishing has been slow. A few fish are being caught on Lindy rigged leeches during first light or in the evening. The best action has been coming by Willow Point or by Delavan Lake Marina. Work a water depth of 15-18 feet of water. The walleyes have been just off the weeds.

Bluegill fishing has been fantastic. The fish are in 12-14 feet of water on the outside of the weed line.  The best location has been by Assembly Park or just west of Willow Point. Split shot rigged night crawlers are the best bet. Slip bobbers can also be effective. Make sure if you are using a slip bobber you are positioning the bait one foot off bottom or one foot above the weeds.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050.

Lake Geneva Fishing report 7/7 through 7/13

With the warm weather, the lake has been in a transition period. There are still some fish to be caught shallow, however they are starting to push out to the deeper weed lines and become more scattered.  There is a bit more searching involved than fishing one small spot as we can when they are shallow.

The best location for largemouth bass has been in Williams Bay or by Belvidere Park. On the mornings without wind, the top water bite has been very good, either chrome/blue chug bugs or Pop-R's have been producing most of the action. The best depth has been 10-12 feet of water; you want to fish in and around the weed patches. The secondary pattern is drop shotting small Houdini worms in green pumpkin color. Night crawlers can still catch fish no matter where you are located. Use a 3/0 split shot and a single hook. Position the split shot about 18 inches above the hook. You want to slowly back troll or drift with the wind for the best action.

Bluegills have been off the weed line in 15-18 feet of water. They can be caught on leaf worms fished on a split shot rig. Look for them by Elgin Club, the old military academy or by Trinkes.  I've been fishing the leaf worms directly beneath the boat and positioning the bait about 1 foot off bottom.

Smallmouth bass fishing has slowed tremendously. The fish are off the weed flats and are out chasing suspended pods of bait fish. I'm only catching a few each time out, which is significantly lower than previous weeks. You want to fish the smallies with medium diving crank baits in a crayfish pattern or a lindy rigged night crawler. Most of the fish I've been catching have been by Linn Pier or by Belvidere Park.

Northern pike fishing hasn't really kicked in yet due to the cooler than normal summer. I tried for an hour last week and only had one fish on. Once the weather gets warmer the fish will be on the thermocline, which should occur in the next week or so. I've tried in Williams Bay and Fontana Beach , where I fished the water depth of 23-30 feet of water. I'll check again for them next week.

Lake trout fishing has slowed slightly. I went out last week for a few hours and didn't boat a fish. They were on the fish locator but didn't have any interest in biting. They appeared to be 90 feet down in 114 -122 feet of water. When they bite it will be on chrome/blue or chrome/green spoons.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050.

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