Lake Geneva continues to be a tough lake to fish. With the cooler weather, the water temps should start to drop and hopefully that will entice the fish to bite and head into their fall patterns.
Largemouth bass are being caught in Geneva Bay by Covenant Harbor and in the bay itself. I’ve been concentrating on a depth of 16-18 ft of water. The best presentation has been drop shotting 4 inch finesse worms or trolling medium diving crank baits. For live bait fishermen, the lindy rigged nightcrawler remains a consistent way to catch fish.
Bluegill action has been good in the 16-18 ft depth range by Gage Marine, the Yacht Club and by Elgin Club. You want to fish straight beneath the boat about 1 foot off bottom with a small leaf worm. The fish are in large schools and are quite visible on your fish locator.
Northern pike action has been mediocre in the weed flats, like Williams Bay and Geneva Bay. The most consistent bite is trolling medium diving crank baits in a fire tiger or perch pattern, 2 to 3 feet above the weed growth.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been spotty. I haven’t been able to put a pattern together for them in weeks. Everything seems to be “normal” as far as weather and water temperature, but the fish aren’t in their normal summer patterns. The only spot I’ve been able to catch a few has been in 22-28 feet of water off of Gage Marine.
Nothing has change with the Walleye bite, still at night and still biting on Rapalas and Berkely Flicker Shads.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063