Largemouth bass have been caught in the 14-16 ft depth range. The best location has been by Elgin Club and in Geneva Bay. Drop shot fishermen have been having the most success. They’ve been using 4 inch finesse worms or black and white Sassy Shads. Most of the time in late August, the majority of the fish are in 20-25 ft of water. It’s bizarre to have them so shallow this year. Northern Pike remain scattered throughout the lake. With the weak thermocline, the fish have not schooled up at all. A good day will yield 2-3 fish. The best location has been by Fontana Beach or the north shore by the narrows. Work a depth of 30-35 ft. Smallmouth bass have been scattered as well. The best location has been by Fontana Beach or by Maytag Point. They have been caught using nightcrawlers on a lindy rig or using small suckers. The
best depth has been 16-18 ft of water.
Bluegills are in the medium depth range of 16-18 ft. The best location remains by Elgin Club or in Geneva Bay when you can locate some weeds. Leaf worms fished on a plain hook straight beneath the boat have been the best presentation. Walleyes continue to bite at night. The best location for me has been running the south shore from Abbey Springs to the Military Academy. I like fishing in 15 ft of water and running my crankbaits down about 8 ft. I’m catching the suspended fish that are feeding at night. I use deep diving Walleye Bandits or Wally Divers. Chrome/Black or Chrome/Blue are always a good bet.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-