Think spring, and get lessons from local fishing guide
Dave Duwe has worked as a fishing guide in Walworth County for almost 20 years. At 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show, Duwe will offer a seminar on “Fishing the Lakes of Walworth County.” The annual show, at State Fair Park's Exposition Center, runs through Sunday, March 9, and has proven popular with outdoors enthusiasts. Here are 10 questions with Duwe.
Q: What inspired you to become a fishing guide?
A: I was inspired by my love of fishing and the enjoyment of teaching people how to fish. It isn't about the money, that I can assure you!
Q: What is your favorite lake to target in Walworth County, and why?
A: Lake Geneva and Lake Como—Lake Geneva has every kind of fish in it that an angler would want and plenty of different spots to fish. Como because it is quiet with little fishing pressure and huge bass.
Q: What is your favorite species to go after and why?
A: I will catch anything that bites. My favorite is bluegills. For the relaxation of it.
Q: What makes Walworth County such a good spot for fishing and hiring a guide?
A: Walworth County is an awesome place to hire a guide. I know the best locations and what is biting. I spend six to seven days (each week) on the water. For vacationers, they need not bring a boat; I have it, and the busy boat launches are my problem, not theirs.
Q: Tourism-rich Walworth County attracts lots of pleasure boaters. Don't all those other boaters make fishing difficult? How do you avoid the congestion?
A: To avoid the congestion, I go early in the morning on the weekends. Midweek isn't as bad. You can't get 'em if you don't go. A 20-foot Lund boat doesn't hurt either.
Q: What's your preference—casting, jigging, bobbers or trolling? Why?
A: Lindy-rig fishing. You can catch anything on the rig, from northern pike to bluegill. Most of the time, the fish are on the bottom. This is the best presentation I have found for bottom-feeding fish.
Q: Live bait or artificial?
A: Me, artificial; clients, live. Day in and out, live bait will out-fish artificial.
Q: Scott Walker was in Lake Geneva on Monday for the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism and suggesting that with increased fish stocking, he wants to make Wisconsin the “Walleye Capitol” of the U.S. Are you seeing improvements at this point, and is that an attainable goal?
A: For Walworth County, it is the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Walleyes for Tomorrow, not Scott Walker. They have stocked millions of walleyes in Lake Geneva. Wisconsin is blessed with many great walleye lakes. Winnebago and Green Bay are nationally known walleye factories. It can be attainable.
Q: If people come to your talk Friday, what can they expect to hear?
A: I will be discussing most of the lakes in Walworth County and how to fish them. With the time constraints, it will not be in great depth. If you want specific instruction, I would hire me for a day.
Q: I hear you spend lots of time recreational fishing with former Gazette reporter Mike Heine, husband of current Gazette reporter Gina Duwe (whom I understand is not related to you). Is Mike really that good a fisherman, or is he just a really good fishing storyteller?
A: Mike would be good fisherman if Gina would let him go! Mike is a dear friend and a great storyteller. Thank goodness he didn't write about all the crazy things I have said over the years.