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Be on the water early or late for best fishing now

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Dave Duwe | July 23, 2014

Delavan Lake Fishing report 7/14 through 7/21

Even though the boat traffic is intense, fishing continues to be very good. There are multiple species active right now. The best time for fishing is early p.m. or late evening to avoid some of the boat traffic.

Largemouth bass remain on the main lake points. The best location has been by the Village Supper Club, the yacht club point or by Willow Point.  The best approach is either drop shotting a small Yum Houdini worm or a split shot rigged night crawler. You want to fish the bait slightly outside of the weed line.

Northern pike action has been great. The fish are in 15-22 feet of water. They are aggressively hitting medium sized suckers about 1 foot off bottom. The best location has been by Assembly Park or by Willow Point.

Bluegill action has been good in the 12- to 14-foot depth range.  Look for the fish by Three Flags or the concrete point. You want to fish a split shot rigged leaf worm in and around bottom. Most of the time the bluegills will hit on the fall of the bait.
Crappies are suspended outside the weed line in 15-18 feet of water. They can be readily caught on a 1/32 oz jig head with a chartreuse body. Look for the fish by

Belvidere Park or just west of the yacht club.  The fish seem to be suspended about 5 feet down.

Walleye fishing has been relatively slow.  Most of the action is coming off of trolling medium diving crank baits or jerking jigging Rapalas. The best color has been chrome and blue or chrome and black for the jigging Rapalas. Look for the fish by the concrete point or by Three Flags.  Fish in the early a.m. or late evening for the best chance of success.

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

Lake Geneva Fishing report 7/14 through 7/21

Lake Geneva has been producing a lot of fish. The fish have moved from the shallow weed flats to the deep rocky points. 

Smallmouth bass are starting to school. The best location has been by the channel by Fontana Beach or by the yacht club in Fontana. The best approach is lindy rigging night crawlers or medium suckers. The fish are suspended about 1-2 feet off bottom. This bite will continue to improve throughout all of August.  You want to use a 3/8 oz walking sinker and a standard hook.

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. They are biting on the top water with chrome and blue chug bug or Pop-r's. Most of the top water bite is coming out of Williams Bay or Trinkes. The secondary pattern has been the split shot rigged night crawler in 15 feet of water.  Look for them by Trinkes weed flat or by the Williams Bay weed flat.

Bluegill fishing has been fantastic. The best depth is 15-22 feet of water.  Look for the fish by Elgin Club or by Gage Marine. The fish are positioned one foot above bottom and are aggressively hitting leaf worms or trout worms. You want to straight line fish beneath the boat for the best success.

Lake trout fishing remains excellent.  The fish are in the main lake basin 90-100 feet down in 120-140 feet of water. You want to use chrome and blue or chrome and green spoons. The best time to try for them is first light.

Northern pike action has been very slow. Typically this time of year, they are located on the thermocline, but this year with the cooler water, the thermocline hasn't formed yet.  Within the next couple of weeks, when the thermocline forms, the northern pike action will be much improved.

Rock bass are in the 12- to 15-foot depth range. They can be readily caught on a split shot rigged night crawler. Look for the fish by Belvidere Park or by the old military academy.  If you aren't catching them shallow, look for them a bit deeper.

Walleye action has been very good.  All of the action is happening from midnight to 4 a.m.  You want to troll large Rapalas in the 12- to 15-foot depth range for the most success. Make sure that there is wind while you are fishing, the calm nights haven't been working well.

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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