Dave Duwe Fishing Guide

Fish Lake Delavan, 4/29 – 5/3

Typical of Delavan Lake I expect the fishing pressure on opening day to be tremendous. You
can’t have a great fishery without a lot of fishermen. However, if you don’t know where to look and
what to try, fishing will be tough with the cold spring we’ve had.
The walleye will be hard to catch. In early May they are in shallow water in the thick weeds,
with the clear water they are easily spooked. I only try them using slip bobbers and flathead minnows. I
suggest working the 10-12 ft depth range.
The crappie fishing this spring has been fantastic. People have been catching a lot of fish in the
8–12-inch range. The best location is in front of Lake Lawn Lodge in 5-12 ft of water. I prefer using
plastics, mini-mites, or small twister tails. My favorite colors are purple, white, and yellow. A lot of fish
can be caught using small minnows fished off slip bobbers.
Largemouth bass are cruising the shallows. The fish are in 2-4 ft of water. I like fishing in the
outlet area of the channels. I use floating worms or Senkoss. With the cold spring the bass aren’t
anywhere near spawning yet.
Bluegill fishing has been very good throughout this cool spring. Most of the fish are being
caught on the west end in 4-6 ft of water. Most people are using small ice jigs tipped with a wax worm
or leaf worm. Some good catches are being reported. The water temperature is still very cold, and they
won’t be spawning for another month or so.


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