Fishing improving as temps warm
Geneva Lake 6/4 through 6/10/12
Fishing is starting to improve. The smallmouth bass are starting to spawn. They are in 10 -12 feet of water. The best location has been by Elgin Club and the old Military Academy.
Rock bass are pretty much everywhere on the lake. The best depth is 10 -12 feet of water. Most of my fish are coming in the Fontana Beach area. They are biting on night crawlers fished on a split shot rig. The best depth is 10-12 feet of water. Hair jigs are also catching a lot of fish. Use jigs with a pink head and a white tail for most of the action.
Smallmouth bass are spawning. They are in the 10- to 12-foot depth range. Look for the fish by Elgin Club or the Military Academy. They can be caught on smoke or chartreuse tube jigs. Due to the water clarity they are slightly deeper than they were last year. Most of the fish are tight to the nest, so you need to throw the bait into the nest to make them bite.
Bluegills are in the shallows in 3-4 feet of water. They are being caught on small leaf worms. The best location has been by Geneva Bay or near the Williams Bay piers. The water temperature is perfect. In the next couple of weeks they will be moving deeper.
Largemouth bass are in the shallows in 5-7 feet of water. They are over by Trinkes and Geneva Bay. Split shot rigged night crawlers or Senkos have been producing most of the fish. A lot of the fish are also in and around the boat docks. Due to the cold spring, you want to fish shallower than normal since the fish are still trying to figure out whether they should be spawning or waiting in the deep for warmer water.
Yellow perch fishing has been good -- the best location has been by Knollwood or Belvidere Park. You want to fish 6-8 feet of water. Try Thill slip bobbers about 1 foot off the weeds with small fat head minnows.
6/3/12 -/strong> Delavan Lake, 70 degrees, water temp 62 degrees, W winds at 5 mph. Caught 30 bluegills, one smallmouth and six largemouth bass. We caught all of the fish by Browns Channel on night crawlers and leaf worms. The best depth was 12 feet of water. Any deeper and the fish didn't bite and any shallower and it was too weedy.
6/2/12 - Geneva Lake, 70 degrees and sunny, water temp 61 degrees. Caught eight smallmouth bass and about 100 rock bass. Most of the success was in 12 feet of water. We used split shot rigged night crawlers near Belvidere Park.
5/30/12 - Delavan Lake, 62 degrees water, 70 degrees air. Wind NW at 10 mph. Caught 10 largemouth bass, 10 bluegill and 15 perch. Most of the fish were caught in 10-12 feet of water. The best bait was night crawlers fished on a split shot rig. The best location was near the yacht club.
Delavan Lake 6/4/through 6/10/12
Overall fishing has been very good. Most of the fish are in transition. They are anywhere from 8 feet of water to 17 feet of water. The cool weather last week made them a bit skittish.
Bluegills have been biting in 11-12 feet of water. The best location has been by Browns Channel. They are being caught on small leaf worms or small night crawlers. We’ve been fishing them with a small hook and a split shot rig. We caught several fish over nine inches.
Northern pike fishing has been excellent in the 8-10-foot depth range. You need to use medium suckers fished on a lindy big fish Thill bobber. Look for the fish by Willow Point or the Yacht Club. Most of the fish are small but the action is hot.
Largemouth bass can be caught on the weed line and in the first two feet of water off the bank. They can be caught on Senkos or split shot rigged night crawlers. The best location is by Browns Channel or by the Yacht Club. You want to keep the boat in 20 feet of water and cast in shallow. Most of the bass are post spawn, however, a few have not yet spawned and are waiting for the weather to warm.
Yellow perch fishing has been good by the Yacht Club. You want to look for the fish in 10-12 feet of water. Try using a Thill slip bobber about 1 foot off the weeds. I’ve been using small fat head minnows. It’s been better fishing when the boat traffic is lighter. You need some patience as you may need to wait for the fish to react to the bait.
Walleye fishing has been slow. The fish are off the weed line in 15 feet of water. The key to it is to make sure that your boat is positioned in 23 feet of water and that you are casting into 13 feet of water. Fish leeches or full night crawlers hooked in the head. The best location is just west of the Yacht Club or by Belvidere Park.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at (608) 883-2050.
Dave Duwe has been a fishing guide on Delavan and Geneva lakes for nearly 20 years. Dave is a community blogger and is not a part of Walworth County Today staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of Walworth County Today staff or management.