Fishing Report and Regulation

Delavan Lake 7/26/21 through 8/2/21

Fishing remains fantastic.  The fish are in their mid summer pattern and they have schooled up and can be caught if you find the schools.

Northern Pike fishing has been relatively slow this week.  I think most of the problem is that the bluegills have slid off the weedline and are in 18-24 ft of water.  The few pike I’ve been catching have been in 22-24 ft of water.  The pike are getting filled up on the small bluegills.  Either that or the anglers are so good there aren’t any left.  The best locations that I’ve found have been by Willow Point or by Belvidere Park.

Bluegills are literally everywhere on the lake.  If you find a weed line, you will find the bluegills.  Unlike prior weeks, the bluegills schools are all integrated with different size fish.  You can fish a school and catch big ones, even though there are small ones present.  The biggest fish I’ve caught have been by Willow Point or Belvidere Park.  The best depth has been 20 ft of water.  I’ve been casting the split shot rigged leaf worm and catching all I care to catch.

Largemouth bass are schooled up really heavy right now.  They can be caught on jigs and split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  The key is finding areas with rock and weed.  They are schooling up very heavy.  At certain times last week, I fished for four hours with a guide party and never left the first location.  The key is to stay in a location where the fish are feeding, if you catch one, you should catch many.

Walleye Pike have been a bit slow.  The only fish I’ve heard about have come from trolling crank baits in 20 ft of water, right off the weedline.  The best location is by Delavan Lake Marina or by Belvidere Park.  You want a crank bait that dives 16-18 ft and then troll it at 1 ½ - 2 mph.  The best color has been pearl.

Crappies have again been biting over the medium depth weeds in 12-15 ft of water.  They can be caught by the Oriental boat house or by Assembly Park.  The best approach is small plastics, try purple or chartreuse.  The fish have been on the smaller side, the average size has been about 8-9 inches.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Delavan Lake 7/12/21 through 7/19/09

Bluegill fishing has been excellent. Most of the bigger bluegills are in 15-18 ft of water. The best location is west of the Yacht Club or by the island. They are being caught on leaf worms or small red worms. The best presentation is slip bobbers or fishing straight beneath the boat. I have found that the bigger fish are deep. You can catch a lot of 5-6 inch fish in 8-10 ft of water, but the larger bluegills are deep. A good graph is essential to finding the biting fish. Most of the fish can be located on your fish finder.
Walleyes have started to bite. The best presentation has been leeches fished on either a split shot rig or lindy rig. The fish are being caught in 15-20 ft of water. There aren’t many and the ones I’ve been catching haven’t been legal however, they have been biting aggressively. The best location has been Browns Channel or by the Yacht Club. When fishing leeches, the key to the presentation is a very light weight. You want to fish over the top of the very dense weeds.

Northern Pike have been biting on medium suckers. The best depth has been 24-25 ft of water. Look for the fish by the gray condos, Browns Channel or over by Willow Point. The key to the Northern Pike bite is keeping your bait alive. Make sure you have an extra aerator to keep your bait alive. I’ve been using a lot of 1/0 circle hooks and it’s amazing that every one of them hooks in the corner of their mouth.
Largemouth bass have been the best bite on the lake other than the bluegills. They are in the 15-20 ft depth range and can be readily caught on either drop shots with a 4 inch worm or nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig. The best location is by 3 flags or by concrete point. The fish are now schooled up so if you catch one, you will catch a bunch. If you don’t get bit, you need to keep moving.

A lot of yellow perch are biting. The best depth is 12-14 feet of water. I have been using leaf worms on a split-shot rig through the weeds. Best locations by Brown’s channel and Willow Point.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

 

 

Delavan Lake 7/5/21 through 7/12/21

Fishing remains excellent.  With the warmer weather, the northern pike have been biting very well.  Northern Pike have been great.  The fish are off the weedline anywhere between 20-25 ft of water.  Look for the fish by the gray condos, willow Point or the west end by the island.  The best approach is lindy rigging suckers.  I fish the suckers on a 6500 Abu Garcia with a bait clicker, so when the fish bites, it will click out line and indicate that a fish is on.

Walleye fishing has been average.  The fish are on the weedline in 15-24 ft of water.  The fish I’m catching are on nightcrawlers fished on either a lindy rig or a split shot rig.  This week it was kind of a battle to catch a legal fish.  Every trip out I caught a couple but nothing to brag about.  The best locations are by Browns Channel or west of the Yacht Club.

Largemouth bass can be either caught on the deep weedline in 17-20 ft or on top water lures first thing in the a.m.  The best bait is chug bugs or white buzz baits.  It’s best to work a depth of 8-10 ft.  The fish I’ve been catching on the deep weedline, I’m catching on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  You want to concentrate on inside turns or the points on the weedline.  A few fish have also been caught drop shotting Berkeley Gulp.

Bluegills are done spawning.  They have moved out on the deep weedline.  The nicer fish are in the 22-26 ft depth.  Fishing so many nightcrawlers, I catch many right off the weedline.  Some of the fish are in excess of 10 inches.  Nightcrawlers or small leaf worms are the best approach.

Crappies have pulled off the weedline.  They are suspending in 15 ft of water.  The best approach has been purple plastic.  Look for the fish over by Browns Channel or west of the Yacht club.  I use a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig and a 3/0 split shot 1 ft above the jig.  That allows you to cast a good distance and the fall rate is very effective.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

 FISHING REPORT by Dave Duwe

Fishing remains excellent.  With the warmer weather, the northern pike have been biting very well.

Northern Pike have been great.  The fish are off the weedline anywhere between 20-25 ft of water.  Look for the fish by the gray condos, willow Point or the west end by the island.  The best approach is lindy rigging suckers.  I fish the suckers on a 6500 Abu Garcia with a bait clicker, so when the fish bites, it will click out line and indicate that a fish is on.

Walleye fishing has been average.  The fish are on the weedline in 15-24 ft of water.  The fish I’m catching are on nightcrawlers fished on either a lindy rig or a split shot rig.  This week it was kind of a battle to catch a legal fish.  Every trip out I caught a couple but nothing to brag about.  The best locations are by Browns Channel or west of the Yacht Club.

Largemouth bass can be either caught on the deep weedline in 17-20 ft or on top water lures first thing in the a.m.  The best bait is chug bugs or white buzz baits.  It’s best to work a depth of 8-10 ft.  The fish I’ve been catching on the deep weedline, I’m catching on split shot rigged nightcrawlers.  You want to concentrate on inside turns or the points on the weedline.  A few fish have also been caught drop shotting Berkeley Gulp.

Bluegills are done spawning.  They have moved out on the deep weedline.  The nicer fish are in the 22-26 ft depth.  Fishing so many nightcrawlers, I catch many right off the weedline.  Some of the fish are in excess of 10 inches.  Nightcrawlers or small leaf worms are the best approach.

Crappies have pulled off the weedline.  They are suspending in 15 ft of water.  The best approach has been purple plastic.  Look for the fish over by Browns Channel or west of the Yacht club.  I use a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig and a 3/0 split shot 1 ft above the jig.  That allows you to cast a good distance and the fall rate is very effective.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Delavan Lake 6/21/21 through 6/28/21

With the stable weather the fishing has been great.  I’ve been catching anything that swims in the lake this past week.  It’s a great time to take a first time angler out on the water.

Northern Pike have finally started to bite on the outside weed edge.  I’ve been catching my fish on lindy rigged suckers.  The best depth for me has been 20-26 ft of water.  I’ve been fishing from the Village Supper Club point to the Oriental boathouse.  The size is still a bit small, the biggest fish last week was 30 inches.

Walleye fishing has been good.  The fish I’ve been catching have been caught on nightcrawlers either on a lindy rig or a split shot rig right off the weedline in 21-24 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Browns Channel or by the Village Supper club point.  I caught several legals last week and some right at 17 ¾ inches.  The best time to fish for them has been at first light.

Crappies can still be caught.  They are right in the shallow weeds in 12 ft of water.  I have exclusively been using purple plastics and they are working very well.  The plastic is tipped on a 1/32 oz Arkie Jig.  Good fishing has been found by Willow Point.

Largemouth bass can be caught on the deep weedlines.  Concentrating on main lake points or fishing them in ultra shallow slop are both good choices.  The slop fish are biting on snag proof frogs or All Terrain Stiks.  The best location is under the bridge on the inlet.  For the deep weedline fish, try casting nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig.  Some of the bass I caught last week were 17-18 inches.  Good locations are by the Oriental boathouse or on the west end by the island.

Bluegill fishing remains awesome.  There are a lot of fish still in the 3-4 ft range.  Also, there has been good success in the 20-22 ft range.  The best bait has been leaf worms or wax worms.  Slip bobbers remain the best presentation.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Delavan Lake 6/14/21 through 6/21/21

Fishing has been phenomenal.  The warm weather has got two definite bites going.  The bluegill fishing on the weedline has been awesome.  They are 6-8 ft down in 12-14 ft of water.  If you find the weedline, the fish are there.  The spawning bluegills are also in 5-6 ft of water on hard sand bottom.  Make sure you have enough bait.

Walleye fishing has been pretty good.  The best success has come on jigs fished in 15 ft of water with leeches.  Look for the fish by the Yacht Club, Willow Point, and by Browns Channel.  Most of the fish are 16-17 inches.  It’s a bummer that the legal limit is 18 inches, but their growing!  Last week I tried trolling crank baits and only caught a couple.  I prefer deep diving Bandit Walleye minnows or Bandit 300 series crankbaits.  White pearl is my favorite color.

Largemouth bass can be caught in a multitude of ways.  The slop bite, the deep weedline bite or the shallow Senko bite have all been producing fish.  I haven’t been targeting them due to the fact that most of my clients were interested in northern last week.  Sunday afternoon I was using the new Arkie U bolt Finesse jig tipped with the Yum finesse worm, green pumpkin and caught a few fish.  All were legal.  Had a real problem hooking the fish, I had several that got off.  The Senko/All Terrain Stik bite is still very good by Lake Lawn Lodge and by the west end.  The best depth was 6-7 ft.  The finesse jig bite was in 15-18 ft.  and the slop bite is 2-3 ft by the boat launch and by the outlet.

Northern Pike has been really good with the consistent weather.  I’ve been fluctuating depth from 17-25 ft.  Lindy rigged suckers are the only way to go.  The best location is by the gray condos, the Yacht Club Point and by Willow Point.  The only problem I’ve had is with the warm water and the cold bait shop suckers is keeping the bait alive.  I use the 1/0 hook and a ¾ oz Lindy sinker.  I fished about 1 ft off bottom.

Crappies are on the weedline in 12-16 ft of water.  I’ve been using the mini mites with a 1/32 oz jig and small 3/0 split shot hooked about 6-8 inches above the lure.  Most of the fish I’ve been catching are between 6 and 7 inches.  You really need to sort to catch a limit of 10 inch fish.  There’s no problem catching a crappie every other cast.  Remember, if you want to keep crappies, you should bring some ice since with the warm water temperature they are very soft if you put them in the live well.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

 

Delavan Lake 6/7/21 through 6/14/21

Summer has finally arrived. The warm temperatures and warmer water have made the fishing fantastic. It is great fun when there is action in multiple species. The boat traffic is intense but if you fish early, you should have a lot of fun.

Walleyes have started to bite. The best depth for me has been 18-22 ft. on the outside of the weed edge. My legal fish have been coming off of lindy rigged nightcrawlers. Some fish have also come off of fat head minnows. The best spot has been by Willow Point or by the Island on the west end.

Largemouth bass are still in the shallows. Just fish the docks and you’ll catch all the fish you’d care to. Use Senkos or Floating worms for the most action. The color doesn’t matter that much. With the warmer weather the fish should be pulling off the bank in the next week or so. This is when the deep weed line bite should be on.

Smallmouth bass are also on the deep weed line in the 20-22 ft range. I haven’t been catching large numbers of them but the certainly have been quality fish (16-19 inches on average). My best bait has been night crawlers fished on a split shot or lindy rig. The best location has been by the Village Supper Club or west of Willow Point.

Crappies continue to bite. The crappies I’ve been catching are off the weed line in 12-14 ft of water. They are suspended right above the weeds. Mini mites have been producing all of the fish for me. The best color is chartreuse or purple. The average size of the fish are about 9 inches.

Bluegills are stilling spawning in 3 to 8 feet of water. Trout worms are the answer fished on a small split- shot. Look for the fish at Three Flags or by Delmar subdivision boat launch.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

Delavan Lake 5/24/21 through 5/31/21

Largemouth bass are still spawning or trying to spawn in 2-5 ft of water. The hard sand areas are producing most of the action. Look for the fish by Lake Lawn Lodge or by the outlet bridge. I’ve been catching most of my fish either with a nightcrawler on a single hook or a Texas Rigged Senko. The wind of last week made it really hard to fish weightless Senkos very effectively. When the winds calm, fishing will improve greatly.

Smallmouth bass are being caught on the outside of the weed lines. Some rather large fish are being caught by the Oriental boathouse or by Delavan Lake Marine. The best presentation is leeches fished on a small split shot or a small sucker. Most of the smallmouth that were caught last week were over 16 inches.

Crappie fishing has been inconsistent. The fish are either spawning or preparing to spawn. Some success is coming in the 8 ft depth range or on the weed break in 12-14 ft. of water. The only problem is that you really have to sort to get any kind of limit. I’ve been fishing for them on small plastics however, the larger fish have come off of slip bobbers fished with a small crappie minnow.

Last week, was the first time I tried for northerns this year. I found quite a few positioned outside the schools of crappie. I was catching most of my fish on lindy rigged suckers. Good electronics was the key to finding feeding Northern Pike. Most of my fish have come by Willow Point or by Browns Channel.

Walleyes are still very scarce. I’ve trolled 3-4 hours in the last few weeks without any success. That bite is either hit or miss. Troll perch colored Bandit Lures or 300 series Bandit bass crankbaits when trying for them for the best chance of success.

Good Luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050

 

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