Fishing is improving daily as the water warms. The rock bass are beginning to bite fast and furious. The lake seems to be at least 2 weeks behind schedule. Typically this time of year I’m going through 10-12 dozen nightcrawlers on a trip but this year it is significantly less although I’m prepared for when it starts!
Walleye fishing continues to be the best bite on the lake. The fish are in Trinkes, Williams Bay and Abbey Springs. Medium diving crank baits such as Smithwick Perfect 10’s and large Rapala’s are producing most of the fish. Like always, the best chance to catch the fish is at night, midnight to 4 a.m. for those of you who call yourself night owls.
Smallmouth bass are on the outside edge of the spawning flats. The best location has been by Cedar Point, Linn Pier and Vista Del Lago. The best approach is Carolina rigging 4 inch lizards or tubes. The best color is green pumpkin or root beer. The highest concentration of fish are in the 18-22 ft depth range.
Rock bass fishing is starting to get very good. Most of the fish are in 12-15 ft of water. They have been biting on nightcrawlers, minnows are anything else you have available. The highest concentration of fish I’ve found is by Belvidere Park in Fontana.
Largemouth bass have been biting in Trinkes, Geneva Bay and by the beach in Fontana. They can be caught on Senkos or Chompers fished on a jig. The best depth is 6-8 ft of water. You want to look for sand pockets associated with weeds. As the fish complete their spawn, they’ll start to move deeper and position on the weed line. We appear to be about 2 weeks away from that.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063