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Weather's warmer and fishing is good

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Dave Duwe
May 28, 2013

Lake Geneva Fishing Report 5/27/13 through 6/3/13

This has been one of the coldest springs I can recall. The smallmouth bass are just starting to spawn and most years they would be totally done by now. Overall fishing has been improving daily with the warmer weather.

Rock bass are starting to show up everywhere around the lake in 7 to 12 feet of water. The best approach is a split shot rigged fathead minnow drifted or motor trolled at a very slow pace. The best location has been by Belvidere Park or by the Military Academy.

Largemouth bass have been moving in the shallows. The best depth is 3 to 7 feet of water. They are located in and around the piers on the north shore. The best approach is fishing a Senko in green pumpkin or split shot rigged night crawlers. They are preparing spawn and will be aggressively hitting for the next week. Some of my best fish last week were caught in Abbey Harbor by the outwash of the docked boats.

Smallmouth bass still remain scattered. They are located in and around the spawning flats. They have not begun to spawn that Iíve noticed. The fish Iíve caught have been by Belvidere Park or Elgin Club. Most of the fish Iím catching are on a split shot rigged minnow or on white hair jigs. The split shot rigged minnows are being drifted across the bottom, while the hair jigs are being fished 3 to 4 feet up off bottom trying to imitate a shiner.

Yellow perch action has been very good by Knollwood or by Belvidere Park. The fish are in 7 to 9 feet of water. They can be caught on Thill bobbers fished with a small fathead minnow. You want to position the bait 1 to 2 feet off bottom. Sand bottom with scattered weeds have been the key locations for success.

Northern pike remain in the shallow weed flats in Fontana, Williams Bay or Geneva Bay. The best approach is trolling large perch colored spinner baits at about 1.5 mph. Look for the fish in 10 to 12 feet of water.

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

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 5/27/13 through 6/3/13

Fishing is really very good and improving daily. The bass and bluegills spawn is mere days away. Most fish are starting to move into the shallows in 1 to 2 feet of water. Boat traffic for this time of year is still very low due to the cool water temps.

Bluegill fishing is improving daily. The heavy spawn should happen within the next few days. Iíve been starting to pick up some bigger fish in 2 to 3 feet of water. The best bait is a small Thill bobber with a red worm. Donít be afraid of the green slimy weeds; the fish are underneath them. You just need to cast around them. Most of the fish are coming when you find the hard sand bottom in places like Viewcrest and Browns Channel.

Largemouth bass are spawning in 3 to 4 feet of water. They are located in Highlands Bay and in front of Lake Lawn Resort and in Viewcrest Bay. Like the bluegills, they prefer sand bottom for spawning. The best approach is fishing weightless Senkos in green pumpkin or root beer colors. The water remains very clear so long casts are necessary.

Northern Pike action remains constant in the 9- to 10-foot depth range. Iíve been catching all my fishing on medium suckers fished beneath a Thill big fish slip bobber. Iíve been anchoring and casting with the wind to keep the baits away from the boat. The best location has been by Browns Channel.

With the cooler water temperatures, the walleye are throughout the water column. Iíve caught fish as shallow as 3 feet and as deep as 23 feet. Some of the fish Iíve caught have been on night crawlers and some have come off of fathead minnows. With stable weather, the fish will become easier to pattern. My biggest walleye to date was 19 inches caught in 3 feet of water in front of Lake Lawn Resort. Iíve caught several others on the deep break by the Yacht Club with fathead minnows.

Crappie fishing has been improving. They are on the weed line in 10 to 12 feet of water. The best bait is purple or pink plastics, cast out with a slow retrieve. They tend to bite when you pause the bait for a second or two, they like the free fall of the lure. I put the plastics on a 1/32-oz. jig head with a small split shot positioned 12 inches above it. This aids with longer casts.

This past week, Iíve been picking up some really nice yellow perch in 3 to 4 feet of water. They are scattered in with the spawning bluegills. The best bait has been the small round hellgrammites fished beneath a Thill bobber. The best location is by Belvidere Park or Willow 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

5/26/13 - Lake Michigan - sunny, 55 degrees, SE wind at 5 mph. Water temp 47 degrees. Caught 10 coho salmon in about one hour. Fished with Brew City Charters. Thanks, Todd!

5/25/13 - Lake Geneva - cloudy, 60 degrees, E winds at 10 mph. Water temp 60 degrees. Caught four smallmouth bass; two were legal; 10 largemouth and a boatload of rock bass and bluegills. Fished in Abbey Harbor and the best depth was 3 to 4 feet. Due to the holiday weekend, the lake was busy and made fishing tough. Fished the main lake and caught the smallmouth and rock bass in 7 to10 feet of water. The best presentation was a split shot rigged fathead minnow.

5/22/13 - Delavan Lake - cloudy, 65 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Water temp 63 degrees. Caught one northern, two walleyes and 10 largemouth plus a bunch of bluegills. Most of the fish were caught in 3 to 4 feet of water using split shot rigged night crawlers. The northern was on a slip bobber rigged suckers. With the warmer water the bluegills are starting to move in to spawn.

5/21/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 75 degrees, water temp 63 degrees, SW winds at 15 mph. Caught nine northern pike, eight largemouth and several bluegills. The bluegills and bass were caught in 2 to 3 feet of water. The northern pike were caught slip bobbering in 9 to 10 feet of water by Browns Channel. Long casts are imperative with the clear water.

5/20/13 - Delavan Lake - sunny, 80 degrees, SE wind at 15 mph, water temp 63 degrees. Fished in the afternoon, caught six largemouth bass and two northern pike. Fishing was tough; we did the 1-5 p.m. trip, so the time of day was the issue. The northern pike were caught on slip bobbered suckers and the bass were caught on night crawlers fished on a split shot rig.



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