Lake Geneva is having one of it’s off years for fishing. I cannot believe that the lack of bite is attributed only to the cold spring. There has been a lot more boat traffic but it’s always a busy lake so the jury is still out on why the bite is off.
Bluegill fishing has been very good though. The bluegills are in 18-22 ft of water. The best location has been by Elgin Club or by Gage Marine. You want to fish leaf worms about a foot off bottom. A vertical presentation has been the best so keeping your boat anchored is working well.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been hard. I’m catching a few here and there with no discernible pattern. The fish may be deeper than I’ve been fishing so try for them deeper than 25 ft. Try 4 inch finesse worms on a drop shot.
Largemouth bass have been biting on two different methods. The early morning/late afternoon top water bite or the midday deep weedline bite. The top water action is best in Williams Bay or by Fontana Beach. You want to use chrome/blue or chrome/black Chug Bugs or something of that nature. I fish the top water in 6-10 ft of water. With the clear water the fish will attack very aggressively in that depth range. For the deep water bass, I’ve been fishing by the 700 club, Pebble point or Black Point. I’ve been drop shotting finesse worms in green pumpkin color or 6 inch zoom lizards in green pumpkin on a Carolina rig.
Northern pike fishing has been okay in a depth range of 33-35 ft of water. The best approach is lindy rigging medium suckers or chubs right on bottom. The best location has been just east of Cedar Point or by the Channel in Fontana.
The best bite continues to be the walleyes at night. Medium diving crank baits in 15-17 ft of water have been the best. Look for them in Trinkes, Cisco Beach or Abbey Springs. You want to fish when there is a slight chop on the water for the best success.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe 262-728-8063