Fishing remains excellent on Lake Geneva!
With the passing of Labor Day, the boat traffic should be decreasing. The smallmouth bass are still schooled up very tight and are available for most anglers if they go deep enough.
Smallmouth bass remain on rocky points in 21-25 ft of water. The best location is in Fontana Beach or by the old Military Academy. I caught several fish last week in the 19-22 inch class. I’m either Lindy rigging nightcrawlers or yellow perch caught in the lake. Most of my success has come early in the morning. After 10:00 a.m. with high skies the fishing slows tremendously.
Largemouth bass dock fishing or top water action remains excellent in the early morning hours. You want to cast small jigs or chrome and blue or chrome and black chug bugs around the emergent weeds. Look for the fish by Linn Pier, Fontana Beach or by Yerkes Observatory.
Bluegills have been very good in the deep water. Look for the fish in 20-21 ft of water by Elgin Club, Fontana Beach or the Military Academy. The fish are aggressively hitting leaf worms fished on a split shot rig fished straight beneath the boat. Most of the fish are pumpkin seeds and a lot of them are in the 8-10 inch size range.
Rock bass are also in the deep water in 19-22 ft. They will hit on anything from a drop shot rig to a split shot rigged nightcrawler. The best location I have found has been by Yerkes Observatory.
Walleye fishing has been excellent at night. The best location has been in Williams Bay, Trinkes Bay or in Abbey Springs. The best approach is trolling medium diving crank baits like Rapalas or Smithwick Rogues. The best colors are chrome and blue or chrome and black.
Lake Trout fishing remains excellent. They are in the main lake basin approximately 70 ft down in 108-140 ft of water. The best time to fish for them is first light or last light. A dodger and fly combo or spoons are producing most of the action.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050