Windows of opportunity out on the lakes

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Dave Duwe | June 24, 2014

Geneva Lake fishing report 6/22 through 6/30

The fish are starting to be in their summer patterns. We are in the window where the largemouth bass are located on the major weed flats in Trinkes Bay and Williams Bay. You can get large numbers of quality fish in a short period of time.

Smallmouth bass have been in a transition period. They are done spawning and are now chasing minnow pods throughout the water column. I caught very few last week. The ones that I did catch were on the 12-15 ft weed line by Coleman's Point. You can still catch several fish on hair jigs however, the numbers are down significantly.

Largemouth bass has been the hottest bite on the lake. They are on the large weed flats in Geneva Bay, Williams Bay and Trinkes Bay. I've been concentrating on Williams Bay for the simple fact that we've had some harsh days with severe fog. The bass can be caught on anything chrome; chug bugs, Pop-R's or Zara Spooks. The best depth has been in the 8- to 12-foot depth range. The fish will remain in the shallow weed bed pattern for the next 7-10 days.

Lake trout continue to bite in the main lake basin. The best depth is 100 feet down in 110-120 feet of water. Nickel/Green or Nickel/Chrome spoons are producing most of the action. First light gives the best opportunity to catch fish.

Walleyes have started to show up at night. They are being caught trolling crank baits in 15 feet of water around the weed flats. The best location has been by Trinkes or Abbey Springs. The best time to catch them has been after 9 p.m.

Bluegills have been biting very well in 8-10 feet of water. The best locations have been by Knollwood or by Geneva Bay. The best approach is a split shot rigged leaf worm fished approximately one foot off bottom. The fish will remain shallow for the next couple weeks and then will start to move deeper.

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 6/22 through 6/30

The water has been warming. Like Geneva Lake, Delavan Lake fish are in the early summer patterns about a week or two later than normal. Boat traffic is intense, so get to the lake early for the best fishing and plan to be off the water by late morning.

I had my first northern pike fishing trip of the season. The fish are not in great abundance on the deep weed line (15-20 feet of water) yet. The fish I did catch there were above average in size. The best location was by Browns Channel and west of the Yacht Club. For northern pike, I like a -oz. walking sinker a 1/0 hook fished on a 24 inch leader. The fish are still working their way to the deep weed line and this bite should improve in the coming weeks.

Largemouth bass are pulling out of the shallow weeds and moving to the deep weed lines. Most of the success for me is coming out of 12-15 feet of water. You can catch the fish on a black/blue jig or a deep diving crankbait in fire tiger pattern. Look for the fish by the Delavan Lake Marina or by Browns Channel. With my guide customers, I've been using live bait, but a split shot rigged night crawler or leech has also been catching fish.

Bluegill fishing has been on the slow side since the spawn has been completed. Most of the fish I've been catching are coming off the 10- to 12-foot weed line. The fish are being caught on split shot rigged leaf worms. When the fish are in the deeper water, there isn't a need for a bobber. Once you get into an aggressive school, you can free swim the worm. The deep water bluegill bite will continue to improve into July.

Crappies have been suspending on the outside of the weed lines in 12 to 15 feet of water. You can catch the fish on purple and chartreuse plastics. You want to fish the plastics on a 1/32 oz lead head jig. Pink headed jigs have been producing the most action. Look for the fish by Belvidere Park or just outside of the Brown Channel weed line.

Walleye fishing has been kind of slow. Most of the action has been coming after a strong rain storm in the creek channels. The best approach has been a split shot rigged jumbo leech. You want to cast out and let the leech free swim with the current.
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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