Hot temps should mean more bites

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Dave Duwe | August 26, 2013

Delavan Lake 8/26/13 through 9/2/13

After the past few weeks of rather slow fishing, the overall bite on Delavan Lake is starting to improve. Most of the anglers are having success for most species, with the exception being walleye, which are still tough to find. The boat traffic will remain heavy through Labor Day and then we typically see a drop off on weekdays.

Largemouth bass are in the weed flats in 15-16 feet of water. They are accessible by using split shot rigged night crawlers or drop shotting green pumpkin worms. Some success is also coming along the boat docks on the north shore. The best approach is a Wacky rigged worm in green pumpkin or a split shot rigged night crawler. The best place to cast is the location right behind the outboard motors of the moored boats.

Bluegill action has been very good. You need to search a bit for the larger fish.  The best location for the larger bluegills has been in the 12- to 13-foot depth range. Look for the fish by Assembly Park or just west of Willow Point. If you don't have much success, adjust your depth since they are always biting. If you are catching small fish, try adjusting your depth a bit deeper. The best approach is a small split shot with a leaf worm and letting it free swim down to the weed edge.

Walleye fishing has been very slow for me. Last week, I tried trolling and lindy rigging leeches without success. We did have a bug hatch last week that typically turns them off. I haven't had much opportunity to try again, but will check it out in the coming week. As fall approaches, the walleye fishing will improve greatly. They should start aggressively hitting chrome and blue rattle traps or Smithwick Rattling Rogues. The best time to try for them is at dark.

Northern pike action has been slow. I am starting to pick up a few more in the 12- to 16-foot depth range right on the weed line. The best approach has been fishing Thill slip bobbers or letting the suckers free swim beneath the boat. I like to place the sucker about 1 ft above the weed line. The best location has been by the gray condos which are located by Assembly Park.

Perch action has been good on the west end just outside of Viewcrest Bay. The best approach is either slip bobbering or straight lining hellgrammites beneath the boat. The best depth range is 20- to 22-feet of water.

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

Lake Geneva 8/26/13 through 9/2/13

Fishing on Lake Geneva has been really inconsistent for the past few days. The cooler temps have affected the deep water bite for bass. There is hot weather predicted in the coming days so that bite should become better in the week to come. As Labor Day is fast approaching, I expect some of the fish to start moving into their fall patterns so we will be watching for those transitions in the next couple of weeks.

The smallmouth bass are still biting in 20-25 feet of water. The only real issue is that the schools aren't nearly as tight as they have been. You need to keep searching for the fish. Most trips this past week, I tried as many as a dozen spots to catch a dozen fish. The best bet continues to be lindy rigged night crawlers or lindy rigged yellow perch caught in the lake. Look for them near Black Point, Conference Point and near Gage Marine.

The best bite for largemouth bass is in 8 to 10 feet of water around the piers.  The best location is on the north shore from Coleman's Point down to Elgin club.  The best approach is lindy rigging small Yum Dingers or Yum Houdini Worms.  The best color is green pumpkin or watermelon seed. While fishing for smallmouth bass, I have been catching a few largemouth in excess of 5 lbs.  They are few and far between so I really wouldn't call that a pattern. If you are interested in largemouth, stick to the piers.

Bluegill action has been exceptional in 18-21 feet of water. The best location has been by the Military Academy, Elgin Club or Fontana Beach. They are aggressively hitting leaf worms straight beneath the boat. With the warmer weather forecasted, the pattern won't change and the bite should get even better.

Northern Pike action has been very slow. There are a few fish being caught in 35-38 feet of water. The best location has been by the sand bar in Williams Bay or the boat launch by Fontana. The best approach remains lindy rigged medium suckers.

Walleye fishing has been very good at night. The weed flats by Trinkes and Williams Bay has been producing most of the action. Trolling stick baits like Smithwick Rogues or Rapalas have been producing most of the action. You want to troll your lures in 15 feet of water halfway down in the water column.

Lake trout fishing has been very productive in the main lake basin. They are consistently biting on chrome/blue and chrome/green spoons. The best depth is between 69 and 79 feet down in 110-140 feet of water. The key is the early morning bite when the fish are off the bottom and suspended in the water column.

The open water season is fast approaching the end. Make sure to book your last trips in the coming weeks. Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at (608) 883-2050.

Daily Reports

8/24/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 78 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, winds E at 5 mph. Caught eight smallmouth and three largemouth. Out of all the bass we caught, only two were legal. Fishing was very tough, with the forecasted warmer weather, fishing should improve on the deep bite. Today most of the fish were caught in 25 feet of water near Black Point.

8/23/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 80 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, winds E at 5 mph. Caught seven smallmouth and three largemouth. Again, fished numerous spots with limited success. Most of the action came on lindy rigged yellow perch. The best location was by Gage Marine.

8/22/13 - afternoon, Geneva Lake, sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph. Caught eight smallmouth--the biggest was 19 inches--and four largemouth. With the cooler weather lately, the bite has been inconsistent. All the fish we caught were in 21-25 feet of water. The best locations were by Fontana and Black Point.

8/22/13 - morning, Delavan Lake, cloudy and rainy, 70 degrees, water temp 75 degrees, SW winds at 5 mph. Caught 16 largemouth--two were legal--and a bunch of bluegills. Unlike Geneva Lake, the fish are biting very well. The fish were in 10-20 feet of water on the weed points. The best location was west of Willow Point and by the Oriental Boathouse.

8/21/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 90 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Water temp 76 degrees. Fished all day for five largemouth bass and three smallmouth. Two of the largemouth were over 5 lbs, which was the only saving grace. Fished throughout the whole lake in 15-25 feet of water. The fish have been off for a few days now.

8/20/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 80 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Water temp 76 degrees. Caught six smallmouth bass--three were legal--plus caught three largemouth bass. Fishing has slowed a bit. I fished about eight or nine spots throughout the lake. The fish I caught were in 21-25 feet of water. I fished from Conference Point to Black Point to Fontana.


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