The bite on Delavan Lake remains steady but slower than recent weeks. We are catching between 10-15 game fish per trip, however the size and numbers are down a bit from prior weeks.
Walleye pike fishing has been all right in the 13-15 ft depth range right on the weed line. The best location has been west of Willow Point. The legal fish I’ve been catching have been on split shot rigged nightcrawlers within the weeds. First light and last light have been the most active periods.
Largemouth bass fishing has been good. They can be caught on 2 different presentation. One is the early morning top water bite in 4-6 ft of water. And the other is the weed line bite in 15-17 ft of water. For the top water, use a chrome/blue chug bug or a white buzz bait. Look for the fish on the south shore from the Village Supper Club through Belvidere Park. For the weed line bite, fish the inside turns on deep water points, such as the Concrete point and Willow Point. They’ve been easily caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers. The slower the presentation the better for this bite.
Bluegill fishing has been fantastic. I’ve been catching them in 14-15 ft of water or in 20 ft of water outside the weed line. Look for the fish by Browns Channel, Assembly Park point or by the island on the west end. The best success is coming off of a small split shot fished 6-12 inches off bottom.
Crappie fishing has been good. The fish are suspended on the outside of the weed line, 6-7 ft down in 20 ft of water. The best success has been slow trolling 1/32 oz plastics or casting them. By trolling them you can cover a lot more water and once you find the school you can concentrate on casting for them.
Northern pike have been okay. I’m catching a few every trip just off the weed line in 17-20 ft of water. They are biting on medium suckers fished on a lindy rig with a 24 inch leader. The best location has been west of Willow point or from the Yacht Club to the big gray boat house. I position the bait between 1-2 ft off bottom and troll them in a zig zag pattern.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063