On the Lakes: Most fish in summer patterns

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Dave Duwe | August 15, 2017

Delavan Lake fishing report 8/14/17 through 8/20/17

Even though we are having a cooler than normal August, fishing remains excellent. The fish remain in their typical summer patterns.

Bluegill fishing has greatly improved. The fish are in two locations, one by Township Park in 12 feet of water and the other on main lake points in 15-17 feet of water. The bigger fish have come out of the main lake points with more consistency. Leaf worms and wax worms are producing most of the action.  

Largemouth bass fishing has been very good if you can find an active school of fish. They are positioned on the deep weed lines in 16-17 feet of water. The best way to catch them is fishing a small 4-inch plastic worm fished Wacky style on a drop shot rig. The best length for the dropper is 18 inches.  A secondary approach is fishing night crawlers on a split shot rig. Some good locations are just west of Willow Point and west of the Delavan Yacht Club.

Crappie fishing has been good. The best approach is trolling 1/32-oz. jigs with twister tails on a three way rig. The best trolling speed is about .7 mph. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by the yacht club. Chartreuse and Purple are good choices for bait color.

Northern pike action has been a bit spotty.  I'm catching a few fish here and there on medium suckers but I've been unable to get big numbers recently. I'm marking a bunch of fish in 22-25 feet of water by the gray condos but have had limited success getting them to bite.  

Walleye fishing has been very slow. The fish aren't in any particular pattern. Some days you get a few but then the very next day they won't be there. The best depth is 20 feet. Use leeches on lindy rigs for the best opportunity.

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

 

Geneva Lake fishing report 8/14/17 through 8/20 17

Fishing on Geneva Lake remains very consistent. Most of the action is coming in water deeper than 20 feet, which is typical for the month of August.  

Lake trout fishing has been fantastic in the early morning hours. The best bite is between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.  You want to fish the main lake basin 70-80 feet down in 108 -120 feet of water. I've been trolling spoons at 1.2 to 1.5 mph.  

Bluegill fishing has been fantastic. The bigger fish are in greater than 25 feet of water. The best location has been by Elgin Club and Gage Marine. Night crawler pieces or trout worms have been producing most of the action. I use my Minn-Kota trolling motor and put it on spot lock once I locate a school of fish.  The fish are positioned about 6 inches to 1 foot off bottom and I fish for them vertically beneath the boat.

Smallmouth bass have been in the 23- to 25-foot depth range. The best location has been by the South Shore Club or the beach in Fontana. The best way to try for them is with lindy rigged night crawlers.  The fish I've been catching have been tight to the bottom. This pattern should remain steady for the next couple of weeks.

Northern pike fishing has been steady. I'm catching a few here and there in about 33 feet of water. I've been unable to find a large concentration of fish. I've been using lindy rigged suckers. The best location has been by the channel in Fontana, Belvidere Park and the east side of Williams Bay.  

Largemouth bass fishing has been good on the weed line by Trinkes and Linn Pier. Look for them in 18-20 feet of water. Try for them using a 4-inch finesse worm fished on a drop shot in green pumpkin with red flake. The dropper length should be 15 to 18 inches. You can also try for them in the early morning on calm days with top water lures. Chrome/Blue or Chrome/Black Chug Bugs are good choices.

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





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