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Cool water temps mark start of fishing season

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Dave Duwe
May 1, 2013

Lake Geneva 4/29/13 through 5/6/13

The water temperature remains cold.  The cool nights have made fishing tough this year. The best bite on the lake remains yellow perch as they continue to be in the shallow waters. Remember opening day is the first Saturday in May.Perch fishing has been good in 3 to 4 feet of water. The best location has been by Fontana Beach, Rainbow Point or by Knollwood. You want to look for the hard sand bottom with scattered weeds. The best presentation is Thill slip bobbers fished with a fat head minnow. As a rule, the bigger the minnow, the bigger the fish. Move around if you arenít finding success because the fish have been very aggressive if they are there.Bluegill fishing has been very good in Trinkes or around the piers in Geneva Bay. The fish are in 3 to 4 feet of water. They are biting on wax worms or garden worms fished on an ice jig. Fish the bluegills 1 to 2 feet down beneath your bobber. You need to keep moving to find the bigger fish. They are really schooled up right now and if you find a couple of bigger fish you should find more big fish.Lake Trout fishing has been very good off the beach in Fontana or off Black Point. The best presentation has been shiners fished beneath a slip bobber or casting small crankbaits. You want to mimic the bait fish in the lake for the best success.

Delavan Lake 4/29/13 through 5/6/13

The cooler than average temperatures this April have kept the water temperatures lower than normal. Overall panfishing has been pretty good and a nice run of warm sunny days will help to improve the fishing.  Opening Day for game fish is this coming Saturday, May 4.Bluegill action seems to be the most consistent bite. The fish Iíve been catching have been in 3 to 4 feet of water. Look for the fish by the outlet dam and by the channels. Ice jigs tipped with wax worms seem to be producing most of the action. One location that hasnít been very good this year has been the boat launch channel. The water has been consistently dirty most of the year.Crappie fishing has been just average. You can catch some in Highlands Bay or Viewcrest Bay. With the water being so clear, theyíve been kind of spooked, especially with the boat traffic. The most consistent tactic is fishing a small black or purple plastic beneath a slip bobber. Iíve been fishing 6 t o 8 feet of water. The fish are slightly down about 2 to 3 feet. I like to make sure to use the smallest bobber possible.Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at (608) 883-2050.


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