With more stable weather, fishing will improve
Lake Geneva 5/13/13 through 5/20/13
With the up and down temperatures the lake remains pretty cold, which is causing some inconsistent fishing. he best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass. Stable weather is predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and bluegills.
Largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows in 3 to 4 feet of water. The best location has been Trinkes or Abbey Harbor. They can be caught on a split-shot rigged night crawler or a green pumpkin Senko. With the chilly weather over the weekend, you need to fish really slow to get the bite.
Yellow perch were biting in 6-10 feet of water. Small minnows fished beneath a slip bobber were the best approach. The best location was Belvidere Park or Rainbow Point. Overall the fish have been on the small size at 6 to 7 inches. You needed to catch a bunch to sort through to find decent keepers.
Smallmouth bass have been spotty. Most of the fish are caught in 15 to 20 feet of water suspended about 5 to 10 feet of water. The fish are near their spawing flats. Look for the fish by the Elgin Club, the Military Academy or Crawfords Bar. he best approach is a white hair jig swam just underneath the surface of the water. The fish are chasing the pods of minnows so once you find the minnows the bass are sure to follow.
Bluegill action has been slow. They are being caught in the shallows on leaf worms. The best location has been the Abbey Harbor and Trinkes or down in Geneva Bay by the Riviera. Look for the fish in 3 to 4 feet of water.
Some northern pike are being caught in the weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water. The fish are being caught on slip bobber rigged suckers. The best location has been in Williams Bay or the beach in Fontana. Iíve been putting out quite a few rods to try and catch them. The best presentation is to anchor your boat and fan cast the area.
Delavan Lake 5/13/13 through 5/20/13
The yo-yo weather has been a constant factor this past week, it looks like stable weather is coming this week which will help the fishing tremendously. With frost warnings in the middle of May, it has been cooling the water temperature from where it should be this time of year. When the weather is stable, the fishing has been relatively good.
Largemouth bass are in the shallows in 3 to 4 feet of water. The best location is in the west end in Viewcrest or Highlands Bay. The fish are being caught on a green pumpkin or root beer-colored Senko. The water is pretty cold for the largemouth to spawn. With the warm weather predicted for this week, the spawn is still probably a week to 10 days away.
Walleye pike fishing has been average. When I was fishing on Saturday, a few people I spoke to that caught them in 23 feet of water. They were lindy-rigging small suckers. Look for the fish on main lake points. The few fish that I heard about were in excess of 25 inches.
Bluegill fishing has been good near the outlet dam or in the channels, such as Browns, Viewcrest and the Highland. The best approach is red worms fished beneath a bobber in 2 to 3 feet of water.
Crappie fishing has been good in the mid range weeds. You want to fish them in 6-10 ft of water. The best location is by Browns Channel. You want to look for scattered weeds. With the water clarity, you need to make long casts so you donít spook the fish. Small fathead minnows on bobbers have been producing most of the fish. They can also be caught on small plastics.
Northern pike action has been in the shallows. Iíve been fishing them in 6 to 10 feet of water. Iíve been getting them on medium suckers fished beneath a Thill slip bobbers. The best location has been the buoy line in Viewcrest Bay or the Highlands Bay.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
5/12/13 - Lake Geneva - sunny, 45 degrees, NW winds at 15 mph. Caught seven largemouth bass and one smallmouth. All the fish were caught in 3 to 4 feet of water in Abbey Harbor. The best approach was a split shot rigged night crawler. The biggest fish was a 5-pound largemouth. The main lake was very cold; tried to fish a few spots but the only thing we caught were a few small perch.
5/11/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 50 degrees, NW winds at 20-30 mph. Caught six northern pike. All the fish were caught on a slip bobber rigged suckers in 7-8 feet of water. The wind made the lake un-fishable in most locations. Tried several locations for largemouth bass but they weren't biting well.
5/10/13 - Rock River - cloudy, 45 degrees, Northwest winds at 15-20 mph. Caught six sauger, two were legal. Fished the mouth of Koshkonong in 6-7 feet of water. All fish were caught on a jig with 1/2 night crawler.