With the warm weather the bass have finished spawning and are starting to move deeper. The only bad thing with the warm weather is the increased boat traffic. You need to fish either early a.m. or late p.m. for the best success. Largemouth bass are being caught in the spawning areas in 12-15 ft of water. Look for the fish in areas like Trinkes, Williams Bay or Geneva Bay between pier 5 and 22. The best approach has been split shotting either nightcrawlers or split shotting green pumpkin 4 inch lizards, I like Yum or Zoom. All of the fish are post spawn and with the warming water temperatures are starting to move out to the deeper lake basin.
Smallmouth bass have finished spawning and are still cruising the 12-15 ft range. Look for the fish by the Military Academy or by the Elgin Club. Dragging a football head jig with a Chompers Spider grub has been producing most of my action. You want to position the boat in 20 ft of water and cast into about 12-15 and slowly drag the jig to the boat. Nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig are also catching numerous fish. The only problem is the Rock Bass and Bluegills are eating your bait as fast as you can put it down. Panfish are unstoppable. They are literally everywhere around the lake. Keep your boat in 12-15 ft and you’ll get bit. Most of the fish are Rock bass with a few perch. The best location has been by Colemans Point, Knollwood and Pier 666.
Bluegills have been biting on the deep weedline in 15-18 ft of water. Most of the large fish are coming off of leaf worms fished straight beneath the boat. Unlike other years the average size has been 9-10 inches. It has again become fun to fish for bluegills on Lake Geneva. Much of my success has been by Elgin Club or Belvidere Park.
Some Lake Trout are being caught in 70-90 ft of water. Most of the success has come off of a silver Dodger and a blue Fly or a chrome and blue flutter spoon. Look for the fish by Covenant Harbor or by the Military Academy.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050