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Cold water, fewer crowds on opening day

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Dave Duwe | May 7, 2014

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 5/4 through 5/11

Delavan Lake opening day was May 3. It was substantially less busy than the past few years. The fishing is better than I recall from last year even though the water temperature is very cold. Most of the action on the lake is coming off of a minnow bait. Lakeside Bait and Tackle has a good selection.

Northern pike action is good in the shallow waters. Look for them in six to eight feet of water. The best locations are in Viewcrest or the Highlands Channel. The best approach is casting white spinner baits or Thill big fish slip bobbers with large golden shiners. Keep the bait about one foot above the weed growth.

With the colder water temperature, largemouth bass are aggressively hitting minnows either fished under a slip bobber or on a split shot rig. The best depth for the largemouth is six to eight feet of water. The best locations are by the inlet channel or Highlands Bay.

Bluegills can be caught by the outlet dam as well as Highlands and Viewcrest Channel. The best approach is small ice jigs tipped with leaf worms or wax worms. 

With the colder than normal water temperature, the only walleyes that are being caught are in the shallows. The inlet channel or by Browns Channel at first light are your best bets. With the later spring, the best success is on small crankbaits in either a perch or crappie pattern. You want to troll the crankbaits in five to six 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.

Geneva Lake Fishing Report 5/4 through 5/11

Geneva Lake remains very cold. The lake appears to be two to three weeks behind normal for opening day. The good news is that the boat docks have finally been put in. The best bite is largemouth bass. The smallmouth bass are suspended outside their spawning flats by Elgin Club and the old military academy. For the next few weeks, the best bait to bring is either white hair jigs or a minnow presentation.

For largemouth bass the best bite is in Abbey Harbor or in Trinkes. Either an All Terrain Stik or a split shot rigged nightcrawler are producing most of the fish. Concentrate on the motor outwash areas near the dock. Abbey Harbor remains the warmest water in Geneva Lake.  Trinkes is also producing fish but the fishable area is substantially less.

Smallmouth bass fishing is slow. The main lake temperature is still very cold and the fish are scattered in 15 to 20 feet of water chasing the minnow pods. The best presentation is pink jig heads with white hair fish suspended half way down the water column. The hair jig resembles the scattered bait fish within the lake.  Look for the fish near the spawning flats like Elgin Club, the old military academy and Belvidere Park.

Perch fishing remains good. The perch are in eight to 10 feet of water. Look for them by Knollwood or Belvidere Park. Try using Thill slip bobbers and small minnows for the best success.

The best bluegill action is in Trinkes Harbor or Abbey Harbor. The fish are in three to four feet of water. Small ice jigs tipped with leaf worms or wax worms are producing most of the action. 

Lake trout are still being caught on the main lake points. White tube jigs or small shiners are producing most of the action.  The best locations are by Black Point or Conference Point. Work a depth of eight to 10 feet.

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

Daily Reports

5/3: Whitewater Lake, partly sunny, 63 degrees, winds NW at 20 mph.  Water temp 50 degrees.  Tried for walleyes and ended up catching two along with four largemouth bass.  We trolled crankbaits along the shoreline in six to eight feet of water.  The best colored crankbait was perch colored, I used the Arkie crappie crankbait.  It was a bit slow and the wind played a factor with the presentation.  Best trolling speed was 2 mph.

5/4: Geneva Lake, sunny, 62 degrees, winds NE at 15 mph. Water temp 50 degrees. Caught 12 largemouth bass in Abbey Harbor. The main lake remains very cold and the fish in the main lake are scattered.  It appears that most of Lake Geneva is about two weeks behind normal. The bass were caught on a split shot rigged night crawler in three to four feet of water around the boat docks.



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