Dave Duwe Fishing Guide

Fish Lake Geneva, 5/4/24 – 5/12/2024

With the up and down temperatures, the lake remains pretty cold which is causing some
inconsistent fishing. The best bite on the lake is perch and largemouth bass. Stable weather is
predicted and that will help turn on the smallmouth bass and bluegills.
Largemouth bass have been biting in the shallows in 3-4 ft of water. The best location has been
Trinkes or Abbey Harbor. They can be caught on a split shot rigged nightcrawler or a green pumpkin
Senko. With the chilly weather over the weekend, you need to fish really slow to get the bite.
Yellow perch were biting in 6-10 ft of water. Small minnows fished beneath a slip bobber were
the best approach.

The best location was Belvidere Park or Rainbow Point. Overall the fish have been
on the small size at 6-7 inches. You needed to catch a bunch to sort through to find decent keepers.
Smallmouth bass have been spotty. Most of the fish are caught in 15-20 ft of water suspended
about 5-10 ft of water. The fish are near their spawing flats. Look for the fish by the Elgin Club, the
Military Academy or Crawfords Bar. The best approach is a white hair jig swam just underneath the
surface of the water. The fish are chasing the pods of minnows so once you find the minnows the bass
are sure to follow.
Bluegill action has been slow. They are being caught in the shallows on leaf worms. The best
location has been the Abbey Harbor and Trinkes or down in Geneva Bay by the Riviera. Look for the fish
in 3-4 ft of water.
Some northern pike are being caught in the weeds in 6-10 ft of water. The fish are being caught
on slip bobber rigged suckers. The best location has been in Williams Bay or the beach in Fontana. I’ve
been putting out quite a few rods to try and catch them. The best presentation is to anchor your boat
and fan cast the area.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-


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