Crappie, bass fishing ranging from fair to excellent
Lake Geneva fishing reports May 6 through 13
Due to the cool spring, fishing on Geneva Lake has remained relatively slow. Most of the action has been coming in shallow waters, 3 to 4 feet deep.
Largemouth bass have been biting in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor. Most of the fish are coming in and around the boats. Use a split shot rig night crawler or an All Terrain Stik in green pumpkin. Some consistently warm weather will turn on the fish and make them more active.
Smallmouth bass have been really spotty. They are suspending out with the pods of bait fish in 12 to 15 feet of water. The ones that are being caught are biting on a small hair jig or a Kalin’s grub fished on a darter head. The best color is smoke and black or avocado pepper. Look for the fish by Elgin Club or by Crawford’s bar.
Crappies have been hit or miss. One day they are in by the boat docks thick and the next they’ve moved into deeper water. Look for the fish by the Geneva Inn or by the Williams Bay piers. Most of the fish are being caught on slip bobbers and small fat head minnows.
Bluegills, like the bass, are searching for the warmest water. They can be caught in Trinkes Bay or in Abbey Harbor. The variable water temperatures have also made them spotty to catch. The best approach is a small leaf worm fished underneath a bobber.
Northern pike have been caught in the shallow weed flats. Look for the fish in 6 to 8 feet of water in Trinkes Bay or Williams Bay. They can be caught on shallow diving crankbaits in perch pattern or slowly trolling large spinner baits in white. The best speed is about 1 ½ mph.
Delavan Lake fishing reports May 6 through 13
The largemouth bass have been in pre-spawn and spawn patterns for the past week. They can be caught while sight fishing or casting the shallow flats where there is a hard sand bottom. A lot of the fish are being caught on tube baits or All Terrain Sticks. The best location has been by the outlet or on the west end by the island. Many of the pre-spawn fish are over five pounds.
The crappie fishing has been excellent. Most of the fish are caught pre-spawn on the first weedline break. The best bet is 12 to 15 feet of water. I’ve been catching most of my fish on small plastics, either yellow or purple. Yellow has been out-producing the other colors. Look for the crappies by the no wake buoys by the island or just off the gray condos.
Northern pike fishing has been great in the shallow weed flats. Trolling large spinner baits or shallow diving crank baits has been producing most of the action. Fire Tiger crank baits or white spinner baits are the best option. I work a depth between 8 and 10 feet of water.
Bluegills are in a water depth of 4 to 5 feet. They are biting on wax worms or leaf worms. Try fishing them with an ice jig with a bobber. The best location is by the gray condos or Browns Channel.
Walleyes are biting in the 8- to 12-foot depth range due to the water temperature. The water temperature is 50 degrees and they haven’t become uncomfortable so they’ve staying in the shallows. Slip bobbers fished with fat head minnows are the best bet.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at (608) 883-2050
Daily Fishing Reports
5/5/13-Whitewater Lake- Sunny, 75 degrees, southwest winds at 10 mph. Fished largemouth bass in 3 to 5 feet of water. Fished green Pumpkin Senkos with great success; in two hours of fishing we boated 10 nice bass. Best location was by the bogs.
5/4/13- Turtle Lake- Opening Day. Partly cloudy,70 degrees, southwest winds 10 mph. Trolled crank baits along the drop-off in 12 to 15 feet, silver and black produced two largemouth and on northern pike. Went to the shallows and caught 15 bluegills on red worms fished beneath a bobber.
5/2/13- Delavan Lake- Sunny, 78 degrees, winds light east, water temp 49 degrees. Fished panfish in the shallows by the outlet in 3 to 4 feet of water. Caught about 30-40 bluegills on waxworms and red worms. Bobber and an ice jig worked the best. Fished crappies in the main lake and caught 15 on small plastics fished on a 1/32-oz jig; purple was the best color.