Roller-coaster weather brought mixed fishing results

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Dave Duwe | September 24, 2013

 Delavan Lake 9/23/13 through 9/30/13

Because Delavan Lake is a substantially shallower body of water than Lake Geneva, frontal patterns affect Delavan quite a bit more and cold fronts really make the fishing tough. This past week's 30-degree cold front shut the fish off and made the bite very tough.  With stable weather forecasted, we should see improvement throughout the next week.

Largemouth bass are in small pockets.  This past Saturday I fished multiple areas where they have been active recently with limited success.  But once I found an area with biting fish, I ended up catching some nice fish.  The bass are being caught on black and blue jigs or on fat head minnows.  Look for the fish in 15-16 feet of water right on the weeds.

Walleye fishing has started to improve.  They are being caught best in the evening right at sun down.  You want to cast chrome and blue and perch colored Rattle Traps or Rapala Husky Jerks.  Look for the fish around the main lake points.  The best depth right now is 20 feet of water.  The fish are suspended in the water column.

Northern pike action has still been spotty.  Like Lake Geneva, I'm catching one here and there but there doesn't seem to be an active pattern.  The best approach is slip bobbering medium suckers or lindy rigging them.  The best location has been just west of Willow Point or down by the island. 

Bluegill action has been very slow for me.  They have moved out of the medium depth range, 15-16 feet of water and are either shallower or suspended out in the main lake basin.  The late fall pattern is usually suspended in 35-40 feet of water.  I haven't had time to go look for them, but I will as fall goes on.

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

Lake Geneva 9/23/13 through 9/30/13

This past week we had some up and down weather, from hot and humid to unseasonably cold by the weekend. Fishing was also like a roller coaster; some days they bit well in every location and other days it was tough to get a bite anywhere. Overall fishing is still transitioning from a summer bite to a fall pattern. Some days, fat head minnows are the best presentation and other days night crawlers prevail. Before you head to the lake, make sure you have an ample supply of both.

Smallmouth bass are still hanging on the deep water structures. They are in 21-25 feet of water.  They can be caught either drop shotting small plastic worms or split shot rigging live bait, either night crawlers or fat head minnows. The best location has been by Fontana Beach, Yerkes Observatory or by the old military academy.

With the cooling water, northern pike have moved shallow. The best depth for them is 15-20 feet of water.  I caught a few fish last week by the military academy and Yerkes Observatory. They were caught on medium suckers fished on a lindy rig. The bite has been sporadic but should be improving as the water cools.

Perch fishing has been excellent in the 10- to 12-foot depth range. They are biting on slip bobber small fat head minnows. For that presentation, I typically anchor the boat. The best location has been by Knollwood and by Belvidere Park. This pattern should continue throughout fall.

Bluegill fishing was slower this week. They seem to have moved out of the deeper water and may be a bit shallower than I have been fishing. Try for them in 12-14 feet of water. Abbey Springs and Trinkes are good places to start. Leaf worms fished on a split shot rig should work.

Largemouth bass have moved up on the weed line and are in shallower water than their summer locations.  They are in the 12- to 14-foot depth range. Look for the fish by Trinkes, Knollwood and by Colemans Point.

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

Daily Reports

9/22/13 – Geneva Lake, sunny, SW winds at 5 mph. Air temp 56, water temp 69 degrees.  Caught 17 smallmouth bass and a 30 inch pike. Fishing was a little tough today. We only caught fish in one area, by Yerkes Observatory. The best depth was 21-25 feet of water. The presentation was night crawlers fished on a split shot rig.

9/21/13 - Delavan Lake, sunny, NW winds at 10 mph. Air temp 55 and water temp 69 degrees.  Caught 20 largemouth bass and one northern pike. Fishing was kind of slow due to the tremendous cold from that went through in the past few days. I was lucky to find an active school of fish. All fish were caught on a split shot rig with a fat head minnow. The best locations were main lake points.


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