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On the Lakes: Best bite on the lakes right now? Bluegills

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Dave Duwe | August 19, 2014

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 8/18 through 8/25

Delavan Lake fishing overall has been excellent. The best bet on the lake is bluegills and largemouth bass. The fish have remained shallower than normal. The best depth overall is 6-10 feet of water.

Largemouth bass can be caught in 6-8 feet of water. The fish can be caught on the Delavan Yacht Club point or Willow Point.  A lot of fish can be caught in and around the docks. My best success is on medium suckers fished beneath a slip bobber. Use a Thill

Big Fish slip bobber 3 feet down in 6 feet of water. I have been catching some bass on split shot rigged night crawlers cast out but the bass are hitting the suckers two to one.

Northern pike haven't gone into the deep water yet. The water temperature remains cool and that is keeping them shallow. The best bite last week was in 6 feet of water.

The biggest fish were caught by the Delavan Yacht Club and by the Majors' Frank Lloyd Wright house. I have been fishing medium suckers about 1 foot above the weeds.

The big bluegills have been aggressively hitting in the 10- to 13-foot depth range. They are hitting on split shot rigged leaf worms. Due to the depth, I'm just casting them out and letting the leaf worm free spin down. The best location is west of the Delavan Yacht Club or in front of Browns Channel.

Walleye action continues to be slow. The only success I've heard is coming in 21-24 feet of water on leeches. The best approach is a lindy rig with about a 2-foot leader.

Crappie fishing has been a bit slow as well. The fish are suspended 6 feet down in 20 feet of water. Look for the fish east of Willow Point or west of the Delavan Yacht Club. You want to use a 1/32-o.z jig with green or purple plastic trailer.

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 8/18 through 8/25

Due to the cooler than normal summer, the fishing has been a bit slower than normal as well. There are plenty of fish to be had; however, the schools of bigger fish have been few and far between.

The smallmouth bass have been sporadic. The best depth is 18-20 feet of water. Most of the fish are being caught on lindy rigged night crawlers or small yellow perch. The best location has been by the Lake Geneva Yacht Club or Fontana Beach. The fish have yet to school up like they normally due on the deep water rock. If we get some hot weather, the fishing should improve.

Rock bass fishing has been excellent in the 12- to 14-foot depth range. They are aggressively hitting split shot rigged night crawlers. The best location has been by the old military academy and by Elgin Club.

Largemouth bass fishing has been very good. The best location has been by Coleman's Point or by Trinkes.  Look for the fish in 18-20 feet of water.  The best approach is either a Lindy rigged night crawler or Carolina rigging a green Zoom lizard in a 6-inch size.

Walleye fishing has been above average. The fish are biting at night in 15 feet of water. The best place to fish for them is in Williams Bay or in Trinkes. The fish are suspended about 2 feet above the weeds. The best bait are large Countdown Rapalas in chrome and blue or chrome and black.

The best bite on the lake is the bluegills. They can be caught in 20-22 feet of water. The best location has been by Gage Marine or by Elgin Club. Most of the fish are being caught on full night crawlers fished on a split shot rig fished straight beneath the boat. I've tried smaller worms but they seem to prefer the night crawlers.

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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