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Rain, water temps, lack of weeds produce mixed results

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Dave Duwe | May 21, 2014

Delavan Lake 5/19 through 5/25

Delavan Lake continues to busy with fishermen. With the five inches of rain this week and a lake fly hatch the fishing has slowed a bit and the numbers from last week have been reduced a little. With the warm weather predicted for this weed it should ignite the bite.

Some walleyes are being caught off the main lake points in 26-28 feet of water. First light and evening seem to be the best.  Lindy rigged fat head minnows are working well.

Largemouth bass are still in pre-spawn mode and continue  hitting chrome/blue and chrome/black rattle traps. The  fish are by the Lake Lawn Golf Course or Viewcrest Bay.

The water temperature about 55 degrees. For live bait, use slip bobbered suckers for the most action.

Northern pike action is still good if you can find the weeds. Most of the weeds are in Viewcrest or Highlands Bay. You want to slip bobber large golden shiners or small suckers beneath a Thill slip bobber with a 1/0 hook. Once you find the weeds you will find the fish.  Browns Channel is still missing the requisite weeds to be an ideal choice.

Crappie fishing has not picked up yet. Most of the action has been in Lake Lawn Resort Marina. The fishing pressure is still tremendous. Most of the fish are coming on slip bobber rigged minnows in about 3 ft of water. Lake Lawn still appears to be the only location for the crappies.

The best bluegill fishing is in the channels or in Lake Lawn Harbor. They are still in the shallows about two- three feet of water. Leaf worms or wax worms are still the bait of choice.

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 5/19 through 5/25

This past week was cold and the lake didn't warm up too much. We also had five inches of rain, which kept the fishing action low. The forecast for this week is sunshine and decent temps so the water should continue to warm and increase the fishing opportunities.   

Smallmouth bass can be caught on either a small pink headed hair jig or a football head jig with a root beer colored trailer. The fish can be caught near their spawning flats such as the Elgin Club and the former Military Academy. The fish are in 12-15 feet of water. The fish are pretty active so if you aren't getting bit, move around. The spawning is probably two weeks away

The pan fish are still very slow. The best bite remains in the marinas, Abbey Harbor and in Trinkes. You want to use bobbers with leaf worms and wax worms. The perch do remain active by Knollwood and Belvidere Park and are in 8-12 feet of water. 

Northern Pike remain in the shallows. They can be caught on slip bobbers with large golden shiners or medium suckers. You want to position the bait one foot above the weeds. The best location is by Fontana Beach or Williams Bay.

Largemouth bass are still a bit difficult with the water temperature where it is. The only success is coming off of slow moving crankbaits or Husky jerks. Look for them in six to eight feet of water. The best locations are in Geneva Bay by the Riviera Docks or Trinkes. Good catches of bass came out of Abbey Harbor last week on Senkos in green pumpkin color or an a split shot rigged nightcrawler.

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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