Fish--and boat traffic--on the move

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Dave Duwe | June 17, 2014

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 6/16 through 6/22

Hope all you fishing dads had a Happy Fathers Day! Fishing on Delavan continues to be very good. The fly hatch of last week has disappeared and the fishing has been improving every day. The largemouth bass and bluegills are post spawn and are migrating out to the weed lines.

This week, largemouth bass have been in two different locations one is the deep weed line in 12-15 feet of water and the other location has them cruising the shallows in 3-5 feet of water. With the shallow fish, I've been using either chrome and blue or fire tiger Rattle traps or green pumpkin Senkos. Look for the fish by the golf course or in the Highlands Bay. For the deeper fish, I've been using split shot rigged night crawlers or a black and blue All Terrain jig. The best location for the deeper fish has been west of the Yacht Club or Browns Channel.

Walleyes are showing up regularly on the 12- to 15-foot weed line. They are being caught on Bait Rigs Weedmaster jigs in green and chartreuse or a split shot rigged night crawler or leech. Look for the fish by Browns Channel or by the Oriental Boat House.

Bluegills have almost completed their spawn. The most aggressive fish are in the 10- to 12-foot depth range and they are located just west of Willow Point or just west of the Yacht Club. I've been using either a split shot rigged leaf worm or a Thilll slip bobber rig about one foot off bottom.

Smallmouth bass have been very spotty. I have been catching a couple here and there off the deep weed line near the Yacht Club or by the Village Supper Club. Most of the success has come off of a jig and leech or a night crawler on a split shot rig.

Northern Pike fishing has been in kind of a transition period. The fish are moving from the shallow weed flats to the deep weed lines. I've been catching some fish out on the weed lines in 12-15 feet of water, however, with the cooler water the fish are still using the shallow water. For the pike fishing to improve, we need some warmer weather to push them down in the water column, making them accessible to a lindy rigged sucker.

Crappies have also completed their spawns, they have pulled out of the shallows and are positioned in 12-15 feet of water. The fish are by Willow Point or by Belvidere Park. The best approach is purple or pink plastics fished on a 1/32 oz jig. The fish have been suspended in the structure, so I cast out and fish them about 2-4 ft beneath the water surface.

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

Geneva Lake fishing reports 6/16 through 6/22

Geneva Lake fishing remains really good. The summer boat traffic has started however, so plan to be off the lake by about 10:30 a.m. to avoid the waves and chaos, especially on weekends. I had a eight- hour guide trip planned for Saturday and the boat traffic drove us in after about six hours.

Largemouth bass have not spawned yet. I've been catching them in 8-12 feet of water pre-spawn. The best location has been by Colemans' Point and by the narrows. I tried by Trinkes but the fish haven't moved into that location heavy yet. The best presentation has been split shot rigged green pumpkin finesse worms or a split shot rigged night crawlers.

Smallmouth bass have completed their spawn and they are now suspended throughout the water column. The fish remain near their spawning flats, such as Elgin Club and Belvidere Park. The best approach is either split shot rigged night crawlers or casting a white hair jig. Depending on the location of the fish in the water column you want to swim the hair jig back in the strike zone, typically 2-5 feet below the surface of the water.

Rock bass have slowed slightly; however, the fish can still be readily caught, although the big numbers have been reduced. It's not an instantaneous bite; you need to fish for them a bit. The best approach is either night crawlers or fat head minnows. Look for them by Elgin Club or Big Foot Beach.

Bluegills have not spawned yet. The fish I've been catching are in 8-10 feet of water. The best location has been by Fontana Beach or by Trinkes. The key to the presentation is a split shot rigged leaf worm or night crawler half. A lot of the fish have been hooked on accident while fishing for smallmouth bass. The biggest fish are the sunfish, I've caught some big bluegills but they are harder to find than the sunfish.

Lake trout have been biting in the main lake basin. The best depth has been 10 feet off bottom in 110-130 feet of water. The best approach is nickel and green or nickel and chrome spoons. I've also been using pearl colored dodgers and green flies with good success.

Walleye fishing remains rather slow. There are a few fish being caught at night. The best location is in Trinkes Bay or by Abbey Springs. You want to troll large Rapallas in chrome and blue or chrome and black. The best depth has been 12-15 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.

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