Cool temps signal changes on the water

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Dave Duwe | October 15, 2013

Delavan Lake fishing report, 10/15/13 through 10/31/13

While reading through stories on the Internet, I saw quite a few complaints about the weed killing on Delavan Lake. The harbor master at Delavan Lake said that there was no such project undertaken in recent weeks on the lake. I believe that it's just the time of year causing the fishing to be slow. For the last 10 days, there has been a heavy algae bloom on the lake, making it tough for the fish to see the presented lures.  Like everyone else, I've had a tough time having success on Delavan Lake lately.

Bluegills and crappies remain suspended over the main lake basin. They are 12-15 feet down in 30-35 feet of water. This bite has been hit or miss. A few times that I've tried to catch them, I've only caught a few. Most of the success is coming on wax worm tipped jigging spoons or a leaf worm fished on a split shot rig. The two locations with the biggest schools are by Three Flags and just west of Browns Channel.    You'll know you are in the right spot when you see all the boats.

Walleyes are slowly starting to pick up. They are being caught on chrome and blue jigging Rapalas fished straight beneath the boat. The best depth is 22 -26 feet of water.  Look for the fish adjacent to main lake points. A good fishing graph is imperative to locating the fish tight to bottom.

Largemouth bass fishing has been slow. I have fished them both shallow and deep without much success. I've caught a few on a split shot rigged night crawler but other than that, they don't seem to be in a strong pattern. 

With the cooling water the northern pike action is starting to improve in the 10- to 12-foot- depth range on the weed flats. Look for the fish by Lake Lawn Resort or Highlands Channel. The best bait is white spinner baits or a chrome and blue rattle trap. This pattern will remain consistent throughout and after turnover.

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

Geneva Lake fishing report, 10/15/13 through 10/31/13

With an extremely warm fall so far, Lake Geneva is far from turning over. The coldest I've seen the water this year is 66 degrees. 

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. The fish remain on deep main lake points in 22-28 feet of water. The best approach is either drop shotting Berkeley Plastics or Lindy rigging extra large fat head minnows. It's really easy with my Hummingbird fish graph to locate the active schools of fish. If I'm not marking any, I'll move on until I find them. As a rule, once the water cools, the mirror shiners of Geneva Lake start to get in tight schools and the smallmouth bass are typically right underneath feeding on them. You can catch smallmouth with top water lures this time of year if you find one of these pods of minnows. I had several times last week where I had actively feeding smallmouth bass on the surface in over 40 feet of water. I caught a few on small chrome and blue jerk baits.

Northerns are starting to move shallower as the water cools. I'm starting to catch several fish in the 21- to 25-foot-depth range. The best location has been by Gage Marine or by Yerkes Observatory. The best approach is medium lindy rigged suckers. I prefer a two-foot leader on the lindy rig. As the fish move shallower, I will switch from lindy rigs to slip bobbers once the fish get under 15 feet of water.

Walleyes are still being caught at night while trolling medium diving crank baits in 15 feet of water.  The best location is by Abbey Springs and in front of the old military academy. Like summer, wind is the key to success. When there is a slight chop the fish seem to bite better.

Yellow perch action has been excellent in the 10- to 12-foot depth range. As always on Geneva Lake, you need to sort through a bunch to get the good size. The best location is by Conference Point, Black Point and Knollwood. Slip bobber rigged small fat head minnows are producing most of the success. The bite will be consistent throughout the fall.

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

Daily Reports

10/12/13 – Geneva Lake, cloudy, 60 degrees, S winds at 15 mph, water temp 67 degrees. Caught 10 smallmouth bass, five were legal and one largemouth. Compared to yesterday, today was slow. Some of the best spots from the previous day were unfishable due to the strong winds. I had to stay out for five hours to catch the 10 smallmouth. All fish were caught on fat head minnows.

10/11/13 – Geneva Lake, sunny, 65 degrees, light winds out of the SW, water temp 67 degrees.  Caught 15 smallmouth bass, two were over 18 inches and a 33-inch northern pike. The fish were caught on lindy rigged fat head minnows in 22-28 feet of water. The best location was by Yerkes Observatory.

10/9/13 - Delavan Lake, sunny, 75 degrees, light winds out of the SW, water temp 68 degrees.  Caught two  largemouth bass and one crappie. I fished shallow,vI fished deep and marked a whole bunch of fish but couldn't get them to bite. The lake was covered in a huge algae bloom.

10/07/13- Geneva Lake,sunny,55 degrees, NW wind at 15 mph.Water temp 66 degrees. Caught eight smallmouth and two largemouth (small). Today the cold weather was a bit brutal. Fishing was rater slow. All fish were caught on extra large fathead minnows on lindy rigging. We caught a fish here and there. Best depth was 21-25 feet of water. 

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