Delavan Lake continues to be a great bite. With the change in weather at the end of last week, the fish turned off briefly and then back on with a vengeance.
Bluegill action has improved greatly. The bite is in 12-13 ft of water in the weeds. The best location has been by Assembly Park and just west of Willow Point. Both size and numbers are now being caught. The best bait is trout worms fished on a small split shot. You want to use the smallest split shot you can since you are fishing in the weeds, a heavier shot will snag easier.
Northern pike is the only game fish that had a slow week this past week. I fished all over the lake with very limited success. I only caught a couple here and there with no real pattern. I marked a lot of fish in the deeper water, 20-23 ft of water, but they weren’t aggressively biting. The bait of choice remains medium suckers fished on a lindy rig with a 24 inch leader.
Walleyes started to show up last week. I caught a few legal fish. They are shallower than I expected and was fishing in weeks prior. The legal fish came out of 13 ft of water among the weeds, just west of Willow Point. The two keepers I did catch last week were 20 inchers. A split shot rig nightcrawler or jumbo leech were the bait of choice.
Crappies are located on the outside of the weed line by Browns Channel or just west of the Yacht Club. The best approach is trolling small plastics. I like to tie the plastics on a 3 way swivel with two jigs and slowly move the boat at .5-.7 mph. this way you can actively pursue biting fish and avoid a lot of casting.
Largemouth bass fishing has been phenomenal. Both the size and quantity of fish has been great. The best depth is 15-17 ft of water. The fish I’ve been targeting are not in historically good spots, they are scattered on heavy weed lines. I’ve not found the fish in big schools like years past but by moving you can still find a lot of fish.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063