On the Lakes: Post-Labor Day, walleye fishing improving

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Dave Duwe | September 2, 2014

Delavan Lake 9/1 through 9/8

Even though we had some early week thunderstorms and heavy rains, the fishing remains excellent.  With the passing of Labor Day, the pleasure boat traffic should begin to decrease making it and optimal time to go fishing.

Largemouth bass remain in the shallow water. They can be caught on night crawlers fished on a split shot rig, slip bobbers with medium suckers or a chrome/blue Rattle Trap. The best depth is 6-8 feet, which is substantially shallower than in recent years. I don't know the reason for the shallow fish, but it may be due to the lack of deep weed line or the cooler than normal summer. The best location has been just east of Browns Channel or just west of Willow Point.

Bluegill action has been very good in the 10- to 13-foot depth range. The best approach has been a small split shot with a leaf worm fished amongst the weeds. The bigger fish have been caught by the point by Assembly Park or just west of the Delavan Yacht Club. If you aren't catching fish, you need to move around and find the active schools. The average size of the fish is smaller than the past year so you will need to do some sorting.

Walleye fishing has started to pick up. I've been catching them on lindy rig sinkers with a 2-foot leader in 15-16 feet of water. The best location has been by Belvidere Park or by the marina in the center of the lake. The best time of day is at dusk or in the early morning hours.  I've been using jumbo leeches or night crawlers with equal success.

Northern pike remain slower than normal. The largest concentration of fish is in 8-12 feet of water.  Most of the fish seem to be hitting on cloudy or foggy mornings. The bigger fish are being caught on musky lures, like Buck tails or large swim baits. The best color for the swim baits are fire tiger or all black.  Also, I've been catching a few fish on medium suckers; however, the best success remains on artificial baits.

Crappie action has started to improve. The fish are in 13-14 feet of water on the weed lines.  Small plastics fished on a 1/32-oz. jig has been producing most of the fish. The best color has been yellow or purple.

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

Geneva Lake 9/1 through 9/8

Fishing remains slower than normal for this time of year. The tight schools of smallmouth are few and far between. Hopefully after the Labor Day holiday and the pace of the pleasure boat decreases, the overall success for anglers will increase.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been slower than normal the entire summer.  A successful trip is between three and five fish.  I've been concentrating in depths of 20-22 feet of water.  Most of the success is coming on lindy rigs tipped with a night crawler.  The best location has been by Fontana Beach, the yacht club or by Gage Marine.

Largemouth bass fishing has been slow as well. The best success is coming on main lake points and the Trinkes flat.  The best depth has been 18-20 feet of water. The best presentation is Carolina rigging green pumpkin lizards or dragging football head jigs with root beer-colored Chompers. You can still catch fish on spit shot rigged night crawlers as well.  In the early morning hours when there are bait fish in the shallow waters, the top water bite has been very good. Chug bugs or Pop-R's have been producing most of the action.

Northern pike fishing has been improving now that a weak thermocline has formed. The best success is coming in 30-35 feet of water. Lindy rigged chubs or medium suckers have been producing most of the action. The best locations have been by Fontana Beach or just east of Cedar Point.

Bluegill fishing has been very good outside the weed line in 18-20 feet of water. The bigger fish are being caught on night crawlers fished straight beneath the boat. You want to place the bait about 6 inches above bottom. The biggest catches have been coming by Elgin Club or by Gage Marine.

Walleye fishing has been good at night with a few sporadic fish mixed in during the daytime hours. The ones I've caught during the day have been on lindy rigged suckers fished right on bottom. The nighttime bite remains best on large Rapala's trolled in about 15 feet of water.

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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