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On the lakes: Fishing a mixed bag in midsummer

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Dave Duwe | August 12, 2014

Lake Geneva Fishing Report 8/11 through 8/18

The overall bite on Lake Geneva has slowed a bit for the game fish. Presently the bluegill bite has been phenomenal. The water continues to be cooler than normal and the deep water schooling smallmouth bite hasn't really started yet.  If you can find schools of minnows, the bass will be right behind them.  They are difficult to find however.

The largemouth bass bite has been average. The best depth of water is 18-22 feet of water. Look for the fish by Trinkes, Gage Marine and by the 700 Club. They can be caught either on a split shot rigged night crawler or dragging a Carolina rig in the scattered weeds with hard bottom.

Bluegill action is fantastic. It is possible to catch 50-100 fish in a short time. The bigger bluegills are in 21-23 feet of water. Look for the fish by Elgin Club or by the old military academy.   I found this week that the bigger fish prefer the bigger bait so I've been using a full night crawler for the best action.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been sporadic. I've been picking up one here and there but I was unable to find schooling fish last week. The best depth is 21-27 feet of water. I've been using lindy rigged night crawlers right on bottom. Look for the fish by Gage Marine and Fontana Beach.

Lake trout are still being picked up in the main lake basin. After speaking with several people, it seems that the fish are in shallower than normal water depth. It seems as though a lot of big fish are being caught in 70-90 feet of water half way down the water column. Fish for the lake trout in front of Yerkes Observatory.

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 8/11 through 8/18

The action on Delavan Lake has improved from the previous weeks. With the cooler summer, the bass haven't moved out on the deep weed line very much. The best action is in water depths of 6-13 feet of water.  You will find multiple species there.

Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in 6-8 feet of water. The fish are associated with hard sand bottoms and scattered weeds. The best presentation is medium suckers fished underneath a Thill big fish slip bobber. I've been having good success by Browns Channel or west of the Yacht Club. The split shot rigged night crawler bite has been on and off depending on the day.

Bluegill action has also been excellent. Like the largemouth, they are shallower than normal. I'm catching them in 10-13 feet of water inside the weed line. The best approach is split shot rigged leaf worms. The key to the presentation is using a really small split shot and let the leaf worm float through the water.  

Northern pike fishing has been very slow this week. The bigger fish that I've caught were in 8-10 feet of water on the weed line. The best location has been in Viewcrest Bay or by the Yacht Club. Like the largemouth bass the best presentation is medium suckers fished beneath a Thill big fish slip bobber.  Fish the bait about one foot above the weeds.

Walleye action has been very slow. I haven't caught a walleye in a few weeks. I have tried fishing for them when I see them on my depth finder in 20-25 feet of water, but they aren't biting. I've tried both leeches and night crawlers on lindy rigs.

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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