Largemouth bass are still spawning or trying to spawn in 2-5 ft of water. The hard sand areas are producing most of the action. Look for the fish by Lake Lawn Lodge or by the outlet bridge. I’ve been catching most of my fish either with a nightcrawler on a single hook or a Texas Rigged Senko. The wind of last week made it really hard to fish weightless Senkos very effectively. When the winds calm, fishing will improve greatly.
Smallmouth bass are being caught on the outside of the weed lines. Some rather large fish are being caught by the Oriental boathouse or by Delavan Lake Marine. The best presentation is leeches fished on a small split shot or a small sucker. Most of the smallmouth that were caught last week were over 16 inches.
Crappie fishing has been inconsistent. The fish are either spawning or preparing to spawn. Some success is coming in the 8 ft depth range or on the weed break in 12-14 ft. of water. The only problem is that you really have to sort to get any kind of limit. I’ve been fishing for them on small plastics however, the larger fish have come off of slip bobbers fished with a small crappie minnow.
Last week, was the first time I tried for northerns this year. I found quite a few positioned outside the schools of crappie. I was catching most of my fish on lindy rigged suckers. Good electronics was the key to finding feeding Northern Pike. Most of my fish have come by Willow Point or by Browns Channel.
Walleyes are still very scarce. I’ve trolled 3-4 hours in the last few weeks without any success. That bite is either hit or miss. Troll perch colored Bandit Lures or 300 series Bandit bass crankbaits when trying for them for the best chance of success.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050