Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be very good!
The boat traffic has been very intense. Due to vacation season, you need to go early in the a.m.
Smallmouth bass are on the weed line in 15-20 ft of water. The best location is by Abbey Springs or by the Yacht Club. The best presentation is a 1/8 oz lindy sinker with a 2 ft leader and a small hook tipped with a nightcrawler. Most of the fish are biting within a foot of bottom.
Lake Trout are biting in the main lake basin in 115-120 ft of water. They are biting on nickel/blue or nickel/green spoons. I’ve been trolling between Conference Point and Cedar Point. The best time to go has been between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. The fish have been suspended until the sun gets too high, then they stick to the bottom.
Rock bass are biting in 12-15 ft of water. The best approach is a split shot rigged nightcrawler or a small hair jig. They can be caught when the wind is blowing well or electric motor trolling. The best location has been by the Military Academy or by Abbey springs.
Walleye fishing has been phenomenal. You want to fish at night in Trinkes or west of Abbey springs. The best depth has been 12-15 ft of water. Try large crank baits in chrome/black or perch color for the most action. Most of the fish are coming right off the weeds about 2 ft off bottom. The fish are very aggressive this time of year and remember you want to fish when its windy.
Bluegill fishing has been good in Geneva Bay. The bluegills are in 6-8 ft of water in and around the boat docks. You want to fish with leaf worms or small red worms underneath Thill slip bobbers. The key has been scattered weeds. The thick matted weeds haven’t been producing as many fish so you want the weeds with scattered sandy spots.
Northern Pike fishing has been all right, the fish are in 30 ft of water. They can be caught by using medium suckers fished on a lindy rig. The fish are being caught by Fontana Beach or in the narrows. The fish have been aggressive. It seems as though they haven’t seen a sucker in about a year. The best presentation has been slowly back trolling with the electric motor. You should be able to see the fish on your fish finder. If you don’t see any, move on until you see them.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050