Fishing on Delavan Lake remains outstanding. In the recent days the boat traffic has been extreme so fish early (5:30 a.m. or 6:00 a.m.) so you are off the water by 10:00 when it gets super busy. I’m having success with both numbers and size on the game fish. The key is once you find an active school of fish, stay on top of them and catch all the fish you can before you move on.
Smallmouth bass have started to pull off the weed line positioning themselves in 18-20 ft of water associating with main lake points. The best location has been by Browns Channel or by Willow Point. Most of my success has come by Lindy rigging or split shot rigging leeches.
Walleye fishing has been good at first light. The best time is from about 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. They are positioned similarly to the smallmouth bass, off the deep weed lines in 18-20 ft of water. Look for the fish by Belvidere Park or by Willow Point.
Bluegills are schooling up in the 12 ft depth range on the weed line. They can be caught on leaf worms on a single hook with a small split shot. They are very tight to the weed line. The best location has been by the outside edge of Browns Channel or just west of the Yacht Club. Last week some of the bluegills were in excess of 9 inches.
Northern pike have started to become very active with the warm weather. They are on the weed line in 15 ft of water. They can be caught on medium suckers fished on a lindy rig. The best location has been by the Village Supper Club or west of the Yacht Club point. The fish are suspended off bottom approximately 2-3 ft.
Largemouth bass fishing has been fantastic. You have to seach for the bigger fish but there are a substantial number around that are actively feeding. The best bite I have found is in about 15 ft of water out side the weed line. Drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms, lindy rigging nightcrawlers or flipping jigs have all been producing fish. The north shore piers are seeming to have the most success due to their association with deeper water.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063