Fishing overall on Lake Geneva has been okay. There have been some really good days but they seem to be mixed in with some lousy ones. With the stable weather, there is really no rhyme or reason to the sporadic days.
Walleye fishing has been very good. All the fish are being caught at night. The best depth has been 14-19 ft of water. Most of the success is coming on either night crawlers fished on a crawler harness or crank baits. I like the Rapalla number 13, trolling is the best presentation. The best location has been either by Trinkes, Geneva Bay or in Fontana.
Largemouth bass fishing has been spotty. There is a very good top water bite in about 10-12 ft of water over the shallow weeds. Some bass are being caught Carolina rigging in 20-25 ft. of water. I prefer using the Arkie crawling grub or Zoom lizards. Green/pumpkin have been producing most of the fish. While guiding I’ve been catching most of my fish on night crawlers, there have been a lot of them but the average size is about 12 inches. I’ve been working depths of 12-14 ft. The best location for me is by Knollwood or Coleman’s point.
Smallmouth bass are starting to show up again. They are still pretty deep. Most of the success is coming between 20 and 25 ft. of water. I’ve caught several fish also fishing for northern pike in greater than 30 ft of water. Most of the action has come off split shotting night crawlers and either using a lindy rig or a split shot rig with a number 4 split shot. The best location has been by the Fontana Beach or by Black Point.
Bluegills are still very deep. The best depth has been 29-30 ft. They are biting on small ice jigs tipped with small red worms. The best approach is straight lining beneath the boat. Look for them in Williams Bay by either Gage Marine or in front of the swim beach. Smaller bluegills can be picked up drifting night crawlers while bass fishing. I’ve been having most of my success in 12-14 ft of water.
Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063