Cool waters mean mixed results in overall fishing
Lake Geneva 5/20/13 through 5/27/13
This spring has been very cold, so the lake is still about two weeks behind schedule. With the cold water temperatures the overall fishing has been on the tough side. The best bite still remains largemouth bass in the shallows.
Largemouth bass fishing has been average. The active fish are being caught in Trinkes or in Geneva Bay. The fish I was catching in the Abbey are starting to disperse with the warming waters in the harbor. The best approach has been a jig worm with a Yum Houdini worm. Green pumpkin or watermelon are the best colors.
Bluegill fishing has been okay. The best location is near the piers by the Riviera or over by the Abbey Harbor. You want to fish small red worms or wax worms fished on a bobber. Look for the fish in 3 to 4 feet of water. They have not spawned yet and it will be another 10 days or so before they do.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been improving. They have not yet spawned and they are hanging around the baitfish in the lake. They are suspended outside the weed flats in location such as the Military Academy or Elgin Club. The best bait remains white hair jigs or a split shot rigged fat head minnow. The suspended bass are about 5 to 10 feet down in 15 feet of water.
Rock bass fishing has been slow due to the colder water. The best place to catch them is by the Military Academy or Belvidere Park. The best approach is a split shot rigged minnow or some small crappie jigs. Look for the fish in 12 to 13 feet of water. In a few weeks, they will literally be everywhere.
Yellow perch remain in the shallows. The best location is by Knollwood and Belvidere Park. Look for the fish in 6 to 7 feet of water. The best approach is slip bobber rigged minnows. You want to locate your bait about 1 to 1 ½ feet above bottom.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at (608) 883-2050.
Delavan Lake 5/20/13 through 5/27/13
Fishing on Delavan Lake has been really good. The bass are starting to spawn in the shallows and the northern pike remain in the shallow weed flats feeding heavily.
Largemouth bass are in 3 to 4 feet of water. The best location has been by Lake Lawn Golf Course, the Highland and Viewcrest Bays. They are cruising the shallows beginning their spawn. With the ultra clear water, the best time is early morning or evening or cloudy days. They have been spooking very easily, so long casts are a necessity. The best approach is casting Yum Dingers in green pumpkin or root beer colors with red flake. With the cool water temperatures, the pleasure boating traffic has been light so enjoy the calm lake while it lasts.
Northern Pike action has been very good. I’ve had double digit catches every trip this week. The best location has been in Viewcrest Bay or by Browns Channel. The northern pike are in weed flats with hard sand bottom. I’ve been using Thill slip bobbers fished with medium suckers. Put the suckers about 4 feet under the surface of the water. There have been quite a few small ones but we’ve also caught a few legal fish as well.
The bluegill fishing has been okay in 2 to 3 feet of water. They are very tight to the bank in and around the piers. The best approach has been fishing small red worms on a bobber rig. Look for the fish by Willow Point or by Viewcrest.
Crappie action has been very good. The fish I’ve been keying on are in 6 to 8 feet of water. The fish are located in front of Lake Lawn or by Browns Channel. Purple and pink plastic have been producing most of the action. With the clear water, long casts are needed as well as a slow retrieve back to the boat with an occasional pause.
Walleye fishing has been spotty. Most of the bigger fish are coming out of 20 feet of water. Lindy rigging small suckers or extra large fat head minnows has been producing most of the success. The best location has been off of the north shore from the Yacht Club down to the old marina.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050
5/19/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 85 degrees, winds calm, water temp 64 degrees. Caught 13 largemouth and 10 northern pike. The same patterns continued to work today. It's always a great day when you are hitting double digits in multiple species.
5/18/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 78 degrees, winds light out of the east, water temp 62 degrees. Caught 14 largemouth, one smallmouth and 11 northern pike. The fish were still in the shallows in 3 to 4 feet of water. The pike again hit on slip bobber rigged suckers.
5/17/13 - Delavan Lake - cloudy, E winds at 15-20 mph, air temp 63 degrees, water temp 62 degrees. Caught 19 largemouth bass - four were legal, three smallmouth - one was legal; two walleyes - one was legal and 15 northern pike. Finally I had a really good day on the water. It was weird with the cold front and strong east wind but they were biting. Fish every opportunity, because you just never know. All the bass and walleye were caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers in 3 to 4 feet of water. The northern pike were caught near Browns Channel in 10 feet of water.
5/16/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 78 degrees, calm winds, water temp 62 degrees. Caught eight northerns and five largemouth bass. The northerns were caught in 10 feet of water by Browns Channel on slip bobber rigged medium suckers. The bass again were tight to shore in 3 to 4 feet of water.
5/14/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 85 degrees, water temp 60 degrees, W winds at 5-10 mph. Caught five northerns; six largemouth bass - three were legal. The northern pike were caught in 10 feet of water on medium suckers fished beneath a Thill slip bobber. The bass were caught tight to shore in 2 to 3 feet of water. The bass were caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.