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Summer warmth equals fish action

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Dave Duwe | June 3, 2014

Delavan Lake Report 6/2 through 6/9

The surface temperature is up 10 degrees since last week. Fishing has been improving daily, the largemouth and bluegills are in the shallows starting to spawn. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will see the best fishing Delavan has to offer. For the most comfortable fishing, try going out Tuesday through Thursday for less stress at the boat launch.

Bluegills are in four to six feet of water. Look for the spawning fish in the shallow sand flats-- you can tell by the circular pattern in the sand. The average size of the bluegills is about seven to eight inches. The best approach is Thill slip bobbers fished with a small leaf worm. The best locations are just west of Willow Point of by Browns Channel. Remember that the fish are spawning so please do not over harvest.

Largemouth bass remain in the three- to five-foot depth range. You can catch them on white spinner baits, green pumpkin Senkos or a split shot rigged nightcrawler. The best locations are by Lake Lawn Golf Course, Viewcrest or Highland Bay. Some fish are spawning in the main lake, and again you need to look for the sand bottom.

Walleye fishing has been a bit slow. However, some fish are being caught at night. The best approach is a plain jig with a leech. Some action is also being had while trolling medium diving crankbaits. I prefer 300 series bandits. The best location is on the point by Assembly point or the weed line just west of Willow Point  Pearl-colored crankbaits or chrome and blue have been producing most of the action.

The northern pike fishing has slowed slightly. The fish have moved out of the 10-foot depth range and are now positioning on the weed line in 12 to 15 feet of water. The best approach is lindy rigging medium suckers. Keep the bait about one foot above bottom. The best location has been by the In Between bar or Belvidere condos.

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

Geneva Lake Report 6/2 through 6/9

Thank goodness summer has finally arrived. With the warm temperatures, the lake has been warming rapidly and has come up 10 degrees in the past week. The lake has gone from almost a complete minnow bite to a night crawler bite almost overnight.

Smallmouth bass are congregating in the 10-12 feet depth range on their spawning flats. The best location has been by Belvidere Park on the west end of the lake and by Elgin Club. The methods of choice are a split shot rigged night crawlers and white hair jigs or a wacky rigged green pumpkin finesse worm. The fish aren't that active so make sure you fish every presentation slow and methodical.

Rock bass fishing has been fantastic. The fish are in 8-12 feet of water. You want to use a white hair jig or a split shot rigged night crawler. Pretty much every place there is hard sand bottom you will find rock bass. 

Largemouth bass have been biting in Trinkes Bay, Geneva Bay and Williams Bay around the boat docks.  The best approach has been wacky rigging green pumpkin finesse worms or drop shotting sassy shads in black and pearl. The fish are probably about two weeks away from spawning.

Crappie fishing has been sporadic however if you find a school you can have good success. They've been hanging around docks in 6 feet of water. The best approach has been minnows fished underneath a Thill bobber. The best location has been by the north side of the narrows or by Geneva Inn.

Bluegill fishing has started to improve with the warming water. My best success has come by Trinkes or in Geneva Bay. Look for the fish in six to eight feet of water. Leaf worms fished beneath a bobber have been producing most of the action.

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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