The smallmouth bass are a few days from really spawning hard on their flats. Look for the fish by the Military Academy, Elgin Club, Knollwood and Belvidere Park. The best presentation has either been drop shotting small green pumpkin finesse worms or dragging football head jigs with Chompers grubs. Most of my guide parties, I have been dragging either nightcrawlers or fathead minnows. The best depth has been 12-14 ft of water.
Largemouth bass have been in Geneva Bay, Trinkes and Abbey Harbor. The best depth is 3-5 ft. Most of the fish have been caught either with Rapala Husky Jerks or with split-shotting small green pumpkin lizards. Once the bass spawn they will be moving out to the weeds which will be the best time of the year to catch big numbers. Once that happens I like Williams Bay and Trinkes.
Rock bass, bluegill and perch are in the shallows with the spawning smallmouth bass. The best depth is 12-14 ft. I’ve caught most of my fish split shotting nightcrawlers. The best place I’ve seen is by Knollwood.
Northern Pike remain in the shallows chasing the other small fish. They can be caught on black and silver Husky Jerks or Smithwick Rattling Rogues. The best location is by the Fontana Beach or in Williams Bay. Some of the recent catches are between 25 and 30 inches.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050