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Take to the lakes early in the day for best fishing

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Dave Duwe | September 4, 2013

Lake Geneva Fishing Report 9/2/13 through 9/9/13


Fishing remains excellent on Geneva Lake. With the passing of Labor Day, the boat traffic should be decreasing. The smallmouth bass are still schooled up very tight and are available for most anglers if they go deep enough.

Smallmouth bass remain on rocky points in 21-25 feet of water. The best location is in Fontana Beach or by the old military academy. I caught several fish last week in the 19- to 22-inch class.  I'm either Lindy rigging night crawlers or yellow perch caught in the lake. Most of my success has come early in the morning. After 10 a.m. with high skies the fishing slows tremendously.


Largemouth bass dock fishing or top water action remains excellent in the early morning hours.  You want to cast small jigs or chrome and blue or chrome and black chug bugs around the emergent weeds. Look for the fish by Linn Pier, Fontana Beach or by Yerkes Observatory.


Bluegills have been very good in the deep water. Look for the fish in 20-21 feet of water by Elgin Club, Fontana Beach or the military academy. The fish are aggressively hitting leaf worms fished on a split shot rig fished straight beneath the boat. Most of the fish are pumpkin seeds and a lot of them are in the 8- to 10-inch size range.


Rock bass are also in the deep water in 19-22 feet. They will hit on anything from a drop shot rig to a split shot rigged night crawler. The best location I have found has been by Yerkes Observatory.


Walleye fishing has been excellent at night. The best location has been in Williams Bay, Trinkes Bay or in Abbey Springs. The best approach is trolling medium diving crank baits like Rapalas or Smithwick Rogues. The best colors are chrome and blue or chrome and black. 


Lake trout fishing remains excellent. They are in the main lake basin approximately 70 feet down in 108-140 feet of water. The best time to fish for them is first light or last light. A dodger and fly combo or spoons are producing most of the action.


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


Delavan Lake Fishing Report 9/2/13 through 9/9/13


With Labor Day in the past, the pressure on the lake is going to be reduced by about one half.  The warm weather is keeping the fish in their mid-summer patterns.

Largemouth bass are in small schools. They can be located by Browns Channel, just west of Willow Point and by Del Mar subdivision. You want to look for the fish in scattered weeds with a hard sand bottom.  The best approach is dragging black and blue jigs or Carolina rigging green pumpkin lizards. For live bait fishermen, the best approach is a split shot rigged night crawler.  This pattern will remain consistent as long as the water temperatures remain constant. As the water cools, the schools will dissipate allowing better action throughout the weed line.

Bluegill fishing has been overall very good in the 12- to 13-foot depth range. Look for the fish by Browns Channel and just west of Willow Point. They can be caught on leaf worms fished on a split shot rig or on a slip bobber rig. If you fish a location for about 15 minutes and don't get many big ones, it's time to move on. The fish are still in larger schools, so if you aren't having good success, try a different location.

Walleye fishing has been mediocre. The best action has been trolling deep diving crank baits before sun up and just after dark. The best pattern is perch. Look for the fish mostly on the north shore. There are a few weed points that stick out. If you hit the weed points appropriately it's a good bite. They are located just west of the yacht club and just west of Willow Point.
Northern pike action has been slow. Most of the fish are being caught on Thill slip bobbers fished in the 12- to 15-foot depth range. Our cooler than normal summer didn't drive the fish deep and make them accessible outside the weed line. Look for the fish by Belvidere Park or by Assembly Park Point.

Crappie fishing remains very consistent. The fish are suspended over the main lake basin 8-10 feet down in 30 feet of water. The best approach is casting small plastics and letting them sink 5-10 seconds and slowly reeling them back to the boat. The best location has been by Willow Point or by the orange marina on the north shore. The best colors are chartreuse and purple for the plastics on a 1/32-oz. jig head.

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


Daily Reports

9/1/13 – Geneva Lake, foggy, cloudy, 80 degrees, water temp 78 degrees, light winds out of the SW.  Caught 15 smallmouth and two largemouth. The best location was by the Yacht Club in 21-25 feet of water. The best bite was lindy rigged suckers or night crawlers fished on bottom.


8/31/13 – Geneva Lake, sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 77 degrees, E wind at 10 mph. Caught 10 smallmouth bass, two largemouth.  The biggest bass was a 22-inch smallmouth. All fish were caught on night crawlers or small yellow perch caught in the lake. The best location was by Yerkes Observatory and the old military academy.

8/30/13 – Geneva Lake, cloudy, 89 degrees, water temp 76 degrees, winds SW at 15 mph.  Caught 20 smallmouth, three largemouth and a bunch of pan fish. All fish were caught in Fontana Beach. The best depth was 21-25 feet of water. The best presentation was a lindy rigged night crawler fished right on bottom.

8/27/13 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 90 degrees, water temp 77 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph. Caught 20 largemouth bass and a bunch of pan fish. All fish were caught on split shot rigged night crawlers or a Thill slip bobber fished with a medium sucker. The fish were in tight schools in 8-10 feet of water.  The best location was just west of Del Mar.



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