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On the Lakes: Fish early or late to avoid boat traffic

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Dave Duwe | July 27, 2015

Delavan Lake fishing report 7/27/15 through 8/3/15

Fishing on Delavan Lake continues to be very good. The only problem is the excessive fishing pressure.  For the best success, you want to be out very early in the a.m. or late in the afternoon. The fish are holding in tight schools so when you catch one there are more to be had. That is the reason you need to get out there early.

Largemouth bass are positioned on the deep weed lines in 15-20 feet of water. They can be caught on lindy rigged medium suckers or split shot rigged night crawlers. For artificial bait users, drop shot rigs with a 4-inch Houdini worm in green pumpkin is producing most of the action. Look for the fish on weedy hard bottoms. They key is scattered weeds with a sand or gravel bottom. Good locations are by the Delavan Yacht Club point, Willow Point or right in front of Browns Channel.

Bluegill fishing has been a little below average. Most of the fish are coming out of 12-15 feet of water which is slight shallower than normal. The fish can be caught on a split shot rigged leaf worm or hellgrammite. Most of the fish are being caught right off of Assembly Park point or just west of the yacht club.

Walleye fishing remains very good for this time of year. The fish are 22-24 feet down just off the main lake points. A good fish finder is essential to find the actively feeding fish. They can be caught on lindy rigged leeches or night crawlers. I fish are chartreuse painted hook on my lindy rig with a 24-inch leader.  Remember the size limit is 18 inches and the Wisconsin DNR is actively enforcing the rules.

Northern pike fishing has been average. You can catch a few fish each trip out but the numbers aren't as high as they were in years past. You want to lindy rig suckers along the weed line in 17-20 feet of water.  It is quite apparent that the bigger the sucker the more success you will have. Look for the fish by the gray condos or by the old Boy Scout camp on the west end.

As the water warms the crappie are starting to suspend off the weed line in 20 feet of water. They are positioned 5-8 ft below the surface.  The best location is by Three Flags or west of the Delavan Yacht Club point. I fish a 1/32-oz. jig with purple or chartreuse plastics. A slow retrieve with a few pauses equals a lot of success.

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 7/27/15 through 8/3/15

The fish are starting to come into their mid-summer patterns. The fish are moving deeper and are actively feeding. The only problem has been the summer time boat traffic which has been excessive after 10 a.m. most days of the week.

Smallmouth bass fishing is good if you can find the active school of feeding fish. A few times last week it took me several hours to find a feeding school. The best depth has been 21-25 feet of water. They've been associating with deep water structure. They are feeding on the schools of small yellow perch.  Some of the good locations are in the deep water in Geneva Bay, Fontana Beach area and Belvidere Park. The key to catching them is fishing where you mark the fish and if they don't bite in 10 minutes or so, move on. It might take a while, but when you find an active school they will come fast and furious.  You can catch them on drop shot rigs with a 4-inch green pumpkin Yum Houdini worm or a lindy rigged night crawler with a 24-inch leader.

Largemouth bass have been hit or miss. There are a lot of fish in the 9- to 12-foot range, however; they are relatively small, around 12-14 inches. Most of the fish are coming by Coleman's Point or Knollwood.  The best approach is either a split shot rigged night crawler or a Texas rigged 6-inch green pumpkin plastic worm.

Bluegills have started to move deep. The best success for the bigger fish is in 16-20 feet of water. Look for the fish by Gage Marine or by Elgin Club. The best approach has been straight lining leaf worms on a split shot right beneath the boat. As the water warms this bite should improve.  

Lake trout fishing has been excellent in the main lake basin. The best depth has been 108-120 feet of water. Look for them suspended in 70-90 feet of water. The best time is early a.m. You want to use chrome and blue or chrome and green spoons fished about 20 feet behind the down rigger ball.

Yellow perch are starting to show up in the 8- to 10-foot depth range in Williams Bay by Conference Point. Most of the fish are being caught on split shot rigged night crawlers. You have to do a lot of sorting to find the bigger fish, although last week I did catch several over 12 inches.  

Walleye fishing has been good at night. You want to go out on nights that have some wind—they tend not to bite if it's calm. The best location has been by Trinkes and by Fontana Beach. Try trolling crawler harnesses in purple color or lindy rigged jumbo leeches. The best success is between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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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