Fishing on Delavan lake remains excellent!
You need to go early to avoid the crowds. Most days there are between 100-150 fishermen out on the lake. The fishing has been awesome for bluegills and largemouth bass.
Largemouth bass fishing has been great. You want to fish underneath the north shore piers or on the deep weed line points. I’ve been fishing mostly with nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. A lot of jig fishermen have been catching as much as I have. Due to the time of year, the largemouth bass have schooled up so if you catch one, wait for another 3 or 4 in the same spot, don’t move too fast. For the docks, I’ve been using 5 inch Yum dingers, Texas rigged, in green pumpkin or green pumpkin metal flake. The best time has been early a.m. or late afternoon.
Bluegill fishing has been outstanding. The bigger bluegills are in 12-15 ft of water. Look for the fish by the Yacht Club or by Willow Point. The best approach is split shot rigging a small leaf worm with a single hook and small split shot. A lot of bluegills we’ve been catching are in excess of 9 inches.
Perch fishing has also been excellent in 8-12 ft of water. The best location has been by Browns channel or by Township Park. They are biting on big green hellgrammites or small leaf worms. They can be caught with a small split shot and a single hook or a Thill slip bobber about 1 ft above the weeds.
Northern Pike fishing has been very good average. The fish been biting very well in 17-21 feet of water.as well as recent years. The best bite has been lindy rigged suckers. The size of the suckers don’t seem to matter large or medium are catching fish. The best location has been just west of the Yacht Club and by Willow Point.
Walleye fishing has been average. The best presentation has been a lindy rigged nightcrawler or leech in 20 ft of water. Look for the fish by the concrete point or by the Yacht Club. The best time to fish has been early morning or at dusk.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050