On the Lakes: Warming waters mean active fish

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Dave Duwe | May 16, 2017

Delavan Lake fishing report 5.15.17 through 5.21.17

With the warming water, the fishing has started to improve. Most of the lake last week had temps in the upper 50's on the surface. Both the largemouth and walleyes have become active.

Largemouth bass are positioned in 3-5 feet of water. Most of my success last week came from the Highlands and Viewcrest bays and by Lake Lawn Resort. I was fishing in the weeds with scattered sand pockets. The best presentation was a split shot rigged night crawler or Wacky rigged Senkos in green pumpkin or root beer red flake.

Walleyes are being caught while trolling medium diving crankbaits or on a split shot rigged night crawler. The best time is early morning or after dark in the evening. Look for the fish by Assembly Park or Del Mar. A water depth of 12-15 feet is working fairly well in these locations. For the crankbaits use fire tiger or chrome and blue colors.

Bluegills are scattered. Some fish are being caught in 12-15 feet of water while others are showing up in less than 5 feet of water. The best presentation is just the simple Thill slip bobber rig fished with a red worm. The deep water bluegill fishing has been best down by the island. And the shallow fish have been biting west of Willow Point and in Viewcrest Bay.

Northern pike action has improved. They are being caught in the weedy bays in 5-7 feet of water. They are being caught on Thill big fish sliders with a medium sucker. I find in spring, you don't need the real big suckers; the smaller suckers seem to entice more bites. This is about the only time of year that I will anchor while fishing slip bobbers.

Crappie fishing has been hit or miss. If you find an active school you will catch your limit in a short period of time. Finding an active school is the challenge. The best presentation is yellow or chartreuse plastics fished half way down the water column in 7-15 feet of water. My best location has been by Browns Channel or the marina on the north shore.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call or text Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063.

Geneva Lake fishing report 5.15.17 through 5.21.17

After a couple of warmer days, the fish are starting to move to the main spawning flats on the lake, like Elgin Club, Rainbow Point and South Shore Club. The smallmouth bass should be spawning in the next two weeks with the largemouth bass and bluegills to follow.

Largemouth bass are being caught in 3-4 feet of water. The best location is in Williams Bay, Geneva Bay or Abbey Harbor. The best approach is small 4-inch finesse worms or 3-inch Kahlin Grubs in smoke or avocado color. Like most fish on Lake Geneva, the warmer the weather, the better the fishing will be. As the water warms, night crawler fishing will become the best choice for the action.

Smallmouth bass are staging near their spawning flats. The best locations are by Elgin Club, Belvidere Park or by Bigfoot Beach. They still are not associating with the bottom rather they are suspending around the baitfish. Best presentation is a green pumpkin chompers or a pink/white hair jig in 1/16 oz, fish the chompers on a small oz football head jig. The fish have moved shallower, they are in 12-15 feet of water. They are still actively feeding on the pods of minnows.

Crappie fishing continues to be good by Covenant Harbor, Geneva Inn and in Williams Bay on the east shore. They are being caught on a Thill slip bobber rig or on small tube baits in smoke color. Work a depth of 10-12 feet of water.

Rock bass are starting to become active. The best success is dragging a split shot rigged fat head minnow in 10-12 feet of water. In a couple of weeks, rock bass will be able to be caught throughout the whole lake on just about any bait.

A few northern pike are being caught in the weed flats either trolling large spinner baits or medium diving crankbaits. The best location has been in Williams Bay or in Trinkes Bay near the country club.

Stable warm weather will continue to improve fishing on Lake Geneva. Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call or text Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063.

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