The main lakes water temperature is still hovering around 49 degrees. Unfortunately fishing on Lake Geneva is tough but should be improving if we get some nice weather that sticks around for a while.
The bass have not yet begun to spawn. This bite is very predictable once the water starts to warm. With the very cold water, the fish are hard to pattern. If you find the bait fish, you will find the small mouth bass. Most of the fish are suspended 8-10 ft down in 20 ft of water. Some of the best locations are by Knollwood and the Yacht Club. Most of the success has been by casting small jerk baits or slowly reeling Kalin Grubs.
Crappie fishing has been relatively good. The best location has been off of the Bible Camp or by Gage Marine. The best depth has been 8-10 feet of water. Use small shiners fished with slip bobbers for the most action. Warming water temperatures will make this action more consistent.
Bluegill fishing has been relatively good in Geneva Bay off the north shore. The fish, however, have been relatively small. Leaf worms or red worms have been producing most of the fish. Abbey harbor has also been producing fish.
With the cool water temperatures, rock bass have not been concentrating in the shallow water. They are suspending off the break lines. With warming water these fish should move into the 10-12 feet depth, hopefully within the next few weeks.
Walleye has been really good at night. Cast the shallows with Rapalas or other stick baits. Look for the fish by Maytag Point, Fontana Beach, and Williams Bay beach.
The cold water hasn’t affected the bite.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water, for guide parties call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050