Before the cold front, Delavan Lake was completely on fire for fishing! Almost all species were engaged and the bite was fast and furious. Since the cold front, the bite has slowed a little and the water temperature has dropped by 6-8 degrees making it just a bit more challenging.
Largemouth bass have completed their spawning. They are still in the mid depth range of 8-10 ft of water. My best locations have been west of Browns Channel, by DelMar and by the Village Supper Club. They can be caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or split shot rigged 4 inch finesse worms. As the water warms, the fish will move to the deeper weed edges.
Northern pike still remain in the weedy bays near Lake Lawn, Browns Channel and Viewcrest Bay. The best approach is slip bobbers and medium suckers. You want to fish your suckers 1-2 feet above the weeds in 8-10 ft of water.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good in the 12-14 ft depth range. The best location has been drifting from DelMar to the Village Supper Club. They can be caught on large fat head minnows or nightcrawlers. Some of the fish last week were over 18 inches.
Bluegills have been trying to spawn in 2-3 ft depth range but with the cooler weather they slid back out and are still staging in 6-8 ft of water. The best bait is small leaf worms or hellgrammites. Fish the bait straight beneath the boat with a small split shot.
I’m catching a few walleyes during the day in the 8-10 ft depth range. They’ve been in scattered weeds, associated with sand pockets. Large leeches or ½ nightcrawlers have been producing the most action.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063