Fishing on Lake Geneva continues to be a challenge. The panfish bite is really good but the game fish are scattered making it difficult to pattern them. The best fishing on the lake remains the walleye at night, you may not catch legal ones but the numbers are there.
Walleye fishing has been solid in the overnight hours. Concentrate in the 15-17 ft depth range about 10-12 ft down. Medium diving stick baits in chrome/blue or black/gold have been producing most of the action. You want to put the stick baits about 70 feet behind your planer boards. Look for the fish in Williams Bay or by Abbey Springs.
Musky action has been good. They have been starting to bite adjacent to the shallow weed flats like Trinkes, Fontana Beach or Williams Bay. First light, about 5- 6 a.m. has been producing most of the action. Once the pleasure boating gets active the musky bite ends. You want to use large musky lure like Gramma lures or medium diving long crank baits in fire tiger or Chub pattern.
Bluegill fishing is awesome in the 16-20 ft depth range. The biggest fish I’ve caught have been by Gage Marine or Elgin Club. I’ve been fishing leaf worms 6 inches to 1 foot off bottom.
Largemouth bass have been slow. They are off the weed line in 18-20 ft of water. I’ve been catching a few by Covenant Harbor, Maytag Point and by Black Point. You want to fish 4 inch finesse worms on a drop shot with a 12 inch leader.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been very slow. The only fish I’ve been catching have been by Pier 290 in 20-22 ft of water or slightly east of Cedar Point in 20-25 ft of water. The fish can be caught on lindy rigged leeches or lindy rigged suckers. I’ve been using a 24 inch leader.
Rock bass fishing has been spotty. The best location has been by South Shore Club in 14-16 ft of water. Split shot rigged nightcrawlers seems to be the best approach.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063