Fishing is fantastic right now. Both the largemouth and smallmouth bass are in the shallows and are readily available. With all the rain we’ve had, it didn’t seem to harm the fishing. Smallmouth bass are concentrated in two depths. The spawning fish are in the 9-12 ft depth range and the post-spawn fish are off the first break in 20-22 ft. The best method has been casting grubs on a 1/8 oz jig head. Green pumpkin or smoke pepper are the best colors. I’ve also been using a drop shot rig with a 4 inch Yum worm. For finesse fishermen, the Arkie U bolt
jig has been deadly. That is also rigged with a 4 inch Yum worm. The best locations are by the Military Academy, Elgin Club or by Fontana. For the 20-22 ft depth I’ve been either drop shotting 4 inch worms or drifting nightcrawlers on a lindy rig. The locations are similar to the
shallow fish, just deeper. Largemouth bass are in or around the piers. The best approach has been drop shotting 4 inch worms. I only use Root Beer or green pumpkin colors. The best locations are in Williams Bay or Geneva Bay. The best depth is 4-5 ft of water. Rock Bass and Bluegills are everywhere. Most of the fish are in the 9-12 ft depth range. I’ve been getting them while drifting nightcrawlers. Now is an awesome time to take kids fishing, everything is shallow and biting hard. Lake Trout are being caught while trolling spoons in the main lake basin. I prefer nickel/blue or nickel/green colored spoons. The best depth is 108 ft of water, 79 ft down. They are only biting at first light.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.
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