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Dave Duwe | August 20, 2013

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 8/19/13 through 8/26/13

Fishing on Delavan has been a bit tough lately. The boat traffic and fishing pressure both remain very high. You can still catch some large fish but the numbers have been reduced significantly.

Largemouth bass have moved from the deep weed lines into the shallows in 6-8 feet of water. A lot of fish are also being caught around the boat docks. The best docks to fish are on the north shore from the Yacht Club to Willow Point.  The best approach is casting small finesse worms in green pumpkin or watermelon seed around the pier posts.

Yellow perch fishing has been fantastic on the west end by the Viewcrest Bay.  You want to anchor the boat in 20-22 feet of water. The fish are biting on slip bobbers with hellgrammites. Hellgrammites are out-fishing any other bait about 5 to 1.

Northern pike fishing has been average. Most of the fish are coming off of white spinner baits or casting lipless crank baits in 8-10 feet of water. The best location is by Assembly Park or just west of Willow Point.

Bluegills are biting in the 12- to 13-foot depth range. The best location is by Browns Channel or in front of Assembly Park. The bite of choice is leaf worms fished straight beneath the boat or casting into the weeds. If your casting into the weeds, the trick is to use a lighter sinker, it will help prevent you from getting snagged.

Walleye fishing is slow. We had a couple bug hatches last week, which really shut them down. Some people are catching a few on leeches, however I spent a whole morning trying to catch them and didn't even get a bite. Once the water cools some more, fishing for walleyes should improve greatly. The best bite is typically late fall.

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 8/19/13 through 8/26/13

Fishing on Geneva Lake remains outstanding. There are multiple species active. The number one bite on the lake is the smallmouth bass, followed by lake trout. There are only a few weeks of summer left so hurry and get out there before it's too late.

Smallmouth bass are in the 18- to 22-foot depth range. They are biting on night crawlers, drop shot rigged plastic worms and small suckers. Most of my fish are being caught just west of Conference Point or in Fontana. The fish are in tight schools, so if you catch a couple remain in the same area and you should be able to catch some more.

Lake Trout fishing has been very good in the main lake basin. The fish are 70-75 feet down. The fish are being caught on dodgers and flies. Nickel and blue or nickel and green spoons are the best bet. I place the lures about 25 feet behind the down rigger ball.

Bluegill and sunfish are really schooled up in the deep water. The best location has been by Fontana Beach. The bigger fish are coming off of leaf worms fished straight beneath the boat. You will catch more sunfish than you will bluegills but a lot of the sunfish are over 10 inches.

Walleye fishing has been average. Again, the best bite is during the night from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Trolling crank baits or lindy-rigging leeches are producing most of the action. The best location is by Trinkes or Abbey Springs.

Northern pike fishing continues to be slow. I caught only one last week. For as many medium suckers that I've had down in the right depth range that is incredibly slow. I think with the cooler than normal summer, the thermocline isn't as pronounced and the fish aren't schooled up the way they have been in recent years.

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

Daily Reports

8/18/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 70 degrees, water temp 75 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph. Caught six smallmouth bass, four largemouth bass and a bunch of rock bass. The best depth was 15-20 feet of water. Fished by Yerkes Observatory.

8/17/13 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 70 degrees, water temp 75 degrees, winds light out of the west. Started the trip at 4 a.m. trying to get on the walleyes.  Fished five hours without catching any. We did end up catching four largemouth, two northerns and a handful of panfish.

8/16/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 78 degrees, water temp 74 degrees, SW winds at 10 mph. Fished all day. Boated over 50 smallmouth bass with an occasional largemouth. The best location was in Fontana. We went through about 10 dozen night crawlers.

8/15/13 - Geneva Lake, sunny, 65 degrees, water temp 73 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph. Caught 15 smallmouth and 2 largemouth. The fish were really active today, the fish were caught on split shot rigged night crawlers in 21-23 feet of water. Most fish were caught in Fontana.

8/12/13 - p.m. Geneva Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, N winds at 10 mph. Water temp 75 degrees. Caught ten smallmouth and two largemouth. The best depth was 18 feet of water. All the fish were caught on split shot rigged night crawlers.

8/12/13 - a.m. Delavan Lake, 72 degrees, cloudy, winds SW at 10 mph. Water temp 75 degrees. Caught 13 largemouth bass, three were over 5 lbs. With the cooler weather, the fish were tight to the shore in 5-6 feet of water.

8/10/13 - Geneva Lake, 80 degrees, light winds, water temp 76 degrees.  Caught 18 smallmouth and three largemouth and a whole bunch of pan fish for a whole day trip. Most of the action came on split shot rigged night crawlers in 24-28 ft of water. We did catch one monster 22-inch smallmouth on a lindy-rigged perch near Yerkes Observatory.




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