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On the Lakes: slowly warming water bringing activity

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Dave Duwe | August 5, 2014

Geneva Lake 8/4 through 8/11

Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good. The one key to Lake Geneva is that the water is slowly warming and the thermocline is starting to form, which is adding the deep water bite.

Smallmouth bass are schooled in 20-25 feet of water.  Look for the fish by Fontana Beach or by Gage Marine. They can be caught using either a drop shot rig or a lindy rigged night crawler or yellow perch.  Most of the fish can be seen on your graph. I don't personally start fishing until I see a school of fish.

Largemouth bass are being caught either in the deep water structure on the hard bottom or around the boat docks. The fish around the boat docks are being caught on Wacky rigged Senkos in green pumpkin color. The deep water fish are being caught on lindy rigged night crawlers.  Look for the fish by Trinkes or by Fontana Beach.

Walleye fishing has been improving with the warmer water. The only time to fish for them is at night.  You want to use the large Rapalas trolled 100 ft back behind the planer board. Look for the fish by Abbey Springs or by Trinkes and Fontana Beach.

Bluegill fishing has been fantastic. The fish are 15-25 feet of water. The best location has been by the Elgin Club or by Gage Marine. You want to fish leaf worms straight beneath the boat about 6 inches off bottom.

Rock bass fishing has been average. The biggest concentration of fish has been positioned with the smallmouth bass in 20-25 feet of water. They are aggressively hitting night crawlers. The best location has been by Fontana Beach or by the old military academy.  

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

Delavan Lake 8/4 through 8/11

Due to the colder than normal water temperatures, the fish are shallower than normal. The best bite on the lake has been on a medium sucker fished on a lindy rig or Thill medium slip bobber.  

Largemouth bass can be caught using three different methods. They can be caught on black and blue jigs fished under the docks, a slip bobber rigged medium sucker or a split shot rigged night crawler. The best location is where there are holes in the sand and the fish have ample opportunity to ambush the bait.  Usually this time of year, the fish are in 15-20 feet of water but the cooler temps have moved them shallower than normal so look for them in 6-8 feet of water.

Northern pike fishing has been pretty average. They are still not on the deep weed line so most of the action is coming in 10-12 feet of water. They are aggressively hitting medium suckers fished on a Thill big fish slip bobber. The best location has been by the yacht club, just east of Browns Channel or west of Willow Point.  You want to position the bait one foot above the weed line.

Bluegills are off the weed line in 15-20 feet of water. They are being caught on split shot rigged leaf worms straight beneath the boat. The best location is just west of Browns Channel or by Assembly Park.  

Walleye fishing has been relatively slow. There are a few fish being caught at night. They are being caught on weedless jigs. A good choice is Bait Rigs Weedmaster jigs in 1/8- oz. Leeches are the best bait.  Look for them by Delavan Lake Marina or by the island on the west end of the lake.

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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