Dave Duwe Fishing Guide

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 8/12/19 – 8/19/19


            Fishing on Delavan remains very consistent

The only problem has been the excessive fishing pressure.  It isn’t too hard to get on the water, but getting off has been a constant battle.

Largemouth bass can be caught on the deep weed line and weed flats.   They can be caught on either deep diving crank baits or drop shotting along the weed line edge.  Some of the best catches are coming off small finesse worms.  For the crank baits, use fire tiger, that color seems to produce the most action.  Work the weed edge in 16-19 ft of water. I am working the depth of 12 feet on the weed flat. Most of the fish are in excess of 1 ½ lbs, with some reaching over 5 lbs.  Live bait fishermen can still catch them, however there are so many pesky bluegills, you will go through dozens of crawlers.

Northern Pike fishing has been very good.  Like the largemouth bass, they are off the weed edge in 17-19 ft of water.  You can either catch them on a live bait rig with a sucker or chub or by casting large swim baits off the weed line.    The best location has been on the west side of the lake by the island or by Browns channel.

Bluegill fishing has been outstanding.  You can’t really fish anywhere without catching a mess of 8-10 inch fish.  Most of the fish are being caught on small red worms or leaf worms.  The fish I’ve been catching are off the weed line in 20-22 ft of water.  I have not fished a place on the lake where I was unable to catch any.

Crappie fishing has been average.  The fish are right on the weed line break in 12-15 ft of water.  Most of the success the past few days have come off small fathead minnows fished on a slip bobber.  Plastics will still work, however live bait is out-fishing them 2:1.

Walleye fishing remains almost non-existent.  I haven’t heard of anyone having any success.  You can occasionally pick up 1 or 2 but there still has been no pattern.  Hopefully once the water starts to cool this will improve.


Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe 608-883-2050

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