Fall fishing patterns starting up

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Dave Duwe | September 17, 2013

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 9/16/13 through 9/23/13

With the cooler weather, the fall fishing patterns are starting to take shape. For live bait fishermen, it's time to look to fat head minnows as the bait of choice over night crawlers. 

Last week, I caught all species in the lake on fat head minnows, from crappies to northern pike. The fish have scattered from their tight summer schools and are now throughout the weed line and main lake points continue to produce most of the action.
Largemouth bass are in the 15-foot depth range, in the weed line just off the main lake points. You can catch them on black and blue jigs or split shot rigged fat head minnows. The best location has been just west of Willow Point,west of the Delavan Yacht Club or by Assembly Park.

Bluegill action has been spotty. Most of the fish are in the deep main lake basin in 35-40 feet of water.  I find them hard to catch when they are in that depth range.  The best approach is straight lining leaf worms underneath the boat. As the water continues to cool, the deep water bite gets better. I have no idea why they suspend in
the main lake basin, but it is a seasonal pattern for them.  Look for the fish off the island and in front of the Delavan Yacht Club.

Northern pike are becoming more active as the water cools.  The best depth range is 12-15 feet in the weed line. They are biting on chrome and blue Rattle Traps and white spinner baits. What I've been doing is just slowly trolling down the weed lines in 20 feet of water, casting towards shore. The best location has been from the Delavan Yacht Club to Willow Point.

Walleye action has been rather slow. I tried last Saturday without success. I had leeches, fat head minnows and night crawlers and never got a hit. This is the right time of year to start trying for them. Rapala Husky jerks and Smithwick Rogues should work well, the best color is chrome and blue and chrome and black.

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

Lake Geneva Fishing Report 9/16/13 through 9/23/13

The week started with unseasonably warm temperatures and by the end of the week we had a massive cold front.You would think that this would slow fishing down, but since the fish are still so deep it didn't affect it at all.The boat traffic has been very light though which makes fishing much more pleasurable.

Smallmouth bass are still relating to hard bottoms in deep water.The best depth has been 21-25 feet of water.The best locations are by Fontana Beach, Conference Point or by Black Point.I've been using night crawlers and fat head minnows with equal success.The bigger fish are coming out of slightly deeper water in the 25- to 28-foot depth range, but the majority are a few feet shallower.

Largemouth bass fishing has been improving.The bass are starting to move into shallower water from their deep summer haunts.Look for the fish in Williams Bay or by Trinkes.The best depth currently is about 14 feet.Use drop shot rigs or Carolina rigged green pumpkin lizards. 

Northern pike action has been almost non-existent this summer and that continues.  There are a few fish being caught in the 25- to 30-foot depth range.Lindy rigs with medium suckers have been producing the most but it's still not that great of a bite.  The northern pike will continue to move shallower as the water cools and the fishing should improve significantly.

Bluegills remain in the deep water locations.Some of the nicest fish I've caught in recent years are coming right now.The best depth is 22- to 25-feet of water.Look for the fish by Fontana Beach or by the Chicago Club.Straight lining leaf worms beneath the boat has been producing most of the fish.

Lake trout fishing has started to slow with the cooling water.The fish aren't suspended as much and they are lying close to the bottom, making them hard to catch.There are still some people trying for them in the main lake basin.

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

Daily Report

9/14/13 - Delavan Lake, sunny, light winds, air temp 60 degrees, water temp 73 degrees. Caught 24 largemouth bass and four northern pike. The overall size of the fish this week, were smaller than we've been seeing, only one legal fish. We used night crawlers, leeches and fat head minnows with similar success for all.

9/13/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, north winds at 12 mph. Air temp, 65 degrees, water temp, 75 degrees. Caught 30 smallmouth bass and six largemouth bass. The cold front did not affect the deep water bite. The fish were caught in 21-24 feet of water. The best approach was a lindy rigged night crawler.

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