On the Lakes: Pike the only exception to improved fishing on Delavan, Geneva lakes

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Dave Duwe | July 29, 2014

Delavan Lake fishing report 7/28 through 8/4

Fishing has improved over previous weeks.  Just as at Geneva Lake, I'm having a hard time with active northern pike in Delavan Lake, but everything else is biting substantially better. 

This past week with the cooler weather the largemouth bass moved tighter to shore.  My best depth was 6-8 feet of water.  I've been catching them on top water lures or using a Thill big fish slip bobber with a medium sucker positioned 1 foot above the weeds. The best locations are where there are sand pockets in the weed flats.  Look for the fish west of Willow Point and by Assembly Park.

Smallmouth bass have started to show up again. I've been catching them, like the largemouth in shallower water on suckers fished beneath a slip bobber. There is no exact location; I've been picking them up here and there. The only pattern I've found is scattered weeds and a hard bottom. 

Bluegill action has been very good in the 15- to 20-foot depth range. You want to use leaf worms on a split shot rig straight beneath the boat. The key to the presentation is a lighter split shot so the worm falls more naturally. The neutral buoyancy of the presentation will create more bites. The best location I've found is by Assembly Park and the weed line west of Willow Point.

Walleye fishing has been spotty. The best action for the walleyes has been in the evening or during the overnight hours. Leeches fished on a weed jig or casting or trolling medium diving crankbaits along the weed line has been producing the most action. The best crankbait color for me has   been pearl or fire tiger. The best location has been by the gray condos or the north shore from the Delavan Lake Yacht Club to Willow Point. Look for them in 12-15 feet of water.

Northern pike action has been spotty.  On my Hummingbird locator they are very easy to spot but are still very hard to catch. One day I fished two hours exclusively for them and never got a bite. I'm not sure what to use to get them to bite.
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 7/28 through 8/4

This past week seemed to be slow with summer vacationers, making Lake Geneva very pleasant to fish with very little boat traffic. Due to the weather being cooler than normal, the fishing is good with the exception of the northern pike. 

Northern pike fishing has been slow due to the fact that the pike have not made it down to the thermocline. If it has formed, it is very weak.  The fish I've been catching have been in the 18-20 foot weeds. Look for the fish in Williams Bay and by the beach in Fontana. The best approach is lindy rigged medium suckers fished 1-2 feet off bottom. In the coming weeks, if the water warms, fishing should improve in the deeper water making the concentrated and easier to catch.

Smallmouth bass fishing has been better than normal. The fish are in 22-25 feet of water and actively feeding. Look for the fish in Fontana, the military academy and by Gage Marine. They can be caught on lindy rigged night crawlers or lindy rigged small suckers. The suckers I position 1 foot off bottom with about a 24 inch leader. The bigger fish haven't really started hitting yet; the average size has been in the 14- to 16-inch range. Some days when you find the big pods of bait fish, it's pretty easy to catch 15-25 fish in a couple of hours.

Largemouth bass are on the deep weed lines in 22-25 feet of water. They can be caught either pitching jigs or Carolina rigging Zoom green pumpkin lizards. The best location is by Trinkes or just west of Linn Pier. The best locations in the weeds have a hard gravel bottom. This time of year the largemouth bass will school up on the hard rock bottoms with the scattered weeds. Another option for the largemouth bass is lindy rigged night crawlers slowly back trolled along the weed line.

Lake trout action has been excellent. They are in the main lake basin anywhere between 85 and 95 feet down and watch for them to move slightly deeper. Last week there were some reported catches of 2-lb. fish.  As always, try for them with blue/green or blue/chrome spoons.

Walleye fishing has been okay but a little slow due to the lower than average air temperatures. The best time is still midnight to 4 a.m. Use large Rapala's fished in 15 feet of water. Try Abbey Springs and Maytag Point for the best success.

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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