Delavan Lake has been amazing one day and really tough the next. The key is finding an aggressive school of game fish. Some days they are easy to find and other days they are well hidden. Last week I found a few schools of largemouth and we were able to catch bass for 3 straight hours with huge numbers but I wasn’t able to find the schools every day.
Largemouth bass fishing with an active school is phenomenal. The best depth is 13-15 ft of water which is slightly shallower than in the years’ past. They can be caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers or drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms. My best spots change daily but a good place to start is by Assembly Park Point or by the Yacht Club.
Northern pike action has been slow. I’ve been fishing them in 15-18 ft of water and I believe they may be shallower than I’ve been looking. I’m catching a few here and there but no real large numbers. Look for them by Browns Channel or by Willow Point on the east side. The few I’ve caught have been on lindy rigged suckers with a 24 inch leader.
Bluegill fishing, like the bass, have been feast or famine. Some days they are in the 13-15 ft depth range and the next day they’ve vanished. The best locations have been in front of Lake Lawn Lodge, Township Park and Assembly Park. The fish can be caught on split shot rigged trout worms or red worms fished one foot off bottom.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been slow. I’ve not caught any in the past 4-5 trips. I believe they are out deep, approximately 20-22 ft of water.
The walleyes have been in a transition period and have not been aggressively biting. In the prior weeks, I was catching 2-3 every time out but it’s slowed significantly from that. I believe the fish are in 22-25 ft of water now and have moved off the shallow weeds. Try for them with lindy rigged leeches or trolling deep diving crank baits.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063