Lake Geneva remains relatively slow for this time of year. There are a few bass and some pan fish action in the 8-12 foot depth range.
Most of the largemouth bass action has been in Trinkes or Geneva Bay. You can catch them either on white spinner baits, green pumpkin Senkos fished Wacky rigged or split shot rigged nightcrawlers. This bite has been slower than is typical for this time of year. I’m not sure if it was the cool spring or the up and down weather pattern that we’ve had that is causing the slow down.
The bluegill and pumpkin seed bite has been very good in 6-8 ft of water. The best location has been by Yerkes Observatory or in Trinkes Bay. Split shot rigged leaf worms or leaf worms fished on a slip bobber have been producing most of the action. You want to place the bait about 1 ½ ft above bottom. This bite should be improving over the course of the next week as the warmer, stable weather continues.
Smallmouth bass have moved outside their spawning flats and are now positioned on the break lines in 18-20 ft of water. Most of the success is coming off Carolina rigged Chompers and 4 inch finesse worms. The best location is just east of Cedar Point near Williams Bay.
Walleye action remains very good at night in 12-15 ft of water. The best location is by Knollwood, Williams Bay or Abbey Springs. Trolling large stick baits like Smithwick Perfect 10’s or Wally Divers have been producing most of the action. You want to place the lures about 60-70 ft behind your planer boards.
Rock bass remain steady. The huge numbers are not yet here but if you want to take a bunch of fish home to eat they are available. The best presentation is small hair jigs or nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig. Most of the success is coming near Belvidere Park in 12-14 ft of water.
Lake Trout are starting to become active in the main lake basin in the early morning hours. The fish are in 110 ft of water, suspending 70 ft down. Nickel and green or nickel and blue spoons have been producing most of the action. Dodgers and Flies can also be effective.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063