The good news is that the fish are still biting pretty decent on Delavan Lake!
The bad news is that the weather is making it tough to get out on the water. We’ve had some pretty aggressive winds and several days with rain.
The most consistent bite on the lake right now is the largemouth bass. They can be caught in 12-16 ft of water off the weedlines. The best bait continues to be lindy rigged nightcrawlers. There aren’t as many schools of fish as there normally are, but when you find one, you can usually boat several fish and the size of them has been pretty decent.
Smallmouth bass are also biting okay. Most of my fish are biting on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or very light lindy rigs. The average size of the fish is only about 12 inches. This is a very good prospect for future years to come. The best location has been Belvidere Park or by the Yacht Club.
Walleye have been biting on either trolled crankbaits or lindy rigged fat head minnows. For the crankbaits, I use 300 series Walleye Bandits or Wally Divers, the colors of choice are fire tiger and pearl. The fish are located around the Yacht Club or the island. The fish are located in 15-20 ft of water just outside the weedline.
Northern Pike are being caught in two locations. One is the 10-12 ft deep weed flats and the other is on the weedline in 15-20 ft. Look for the fish by the island or by Assembly Park. The deep water fish are being caught on lindy rigged suckers. The shallow, 10-12 ft, fish are being caught on jerk baits or spinner baits. The best color is pearl and the best pattern is fire tiger.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050