The lake still remains awesome for fishing! The lake hasn’t turned over yet. It will probably take another 3-4 weeks.
Smallmouth bass are still in the 20-25 ft depth range. With the warmer water temperatures, nightcrawlers continue to be a safe bet. For the artificial fishermen, Berkley Gulp Finesse worms in the 4 inch length are catching quite a few fish. Green pumpkin is producing most of the fish. The best location is by the Military Academy and both Cedar and Conference Points.
Northern Pike are active in the shallows. The best approach is trolling large spinner baits. Chartreuse or White are the most successful colors or trolling Bandit Shallow diving Walleye crankbaits in the perch pattern. Look for the fish in 10-12 ft of water. The best location is in Williams Bay or in Fontana Beach.
Yellow Perch have moved into their fall pattern and can be readily caught in the 10-12 ft range. The best baits are small fathead minnows or wax worms. I prefer fishing them on slip bobbers. Some of the fish are also being caught on small twister tails fished on a small Arkie lead head jig. The best location is by Knollwood and Rainbow Point.
Largemouth bass have moved shallow. They can be caught in the 10-14 ft depth range. Spinner baits or Rattle Traps have been producing most of the action. Look for the fish in Geneva Bay or by Trinkes. Some of the fish can also be caught dragging nightcrawlers with a split shot rig in the same depth range.
Bluegill fishing has been very good. Most of the bigger bluegills are in 20 ft of water. You can catch a boat load of 5-6 inch fish in the 10-12 ft range. The best bait is small leaf worms fished on a split shot rig. For the bigger fish and the deep water bite, try lindy rigs fished with a small leaf worm.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050