Fishing Report and Regulation

Delavan Lake 10/11/21 through 10/18/21

Delavan continues to be in a transition period between summer and fall.  Due to that fact, some days the fishing is really good and others it is quite slow.

Earlier in the week, walleye fishing was good on lindy rigged nightcrawlers in 20-21 ft of water.  However, by the weekend,  that bite was slow.  The average catch has been about 10-12 fish an outing, with one or two being legal.  The crank bait fishing is starting to heat up.  I’ve been casting Wally divers along the weedlines in 16-20 ft of water.  Chrome/Blue or Chrome/Black have been the best colors.

Northern pike fishing has been kind of sporadic.  Most of the bigger fish are being caught suspended in 20-27 ft of water approximately 2 ft off bottom.  Most of the success is still coming off of lindy rigged suckers.  Some of the fish that have been caught are starting the fall feed bag and are very chunky.  Look for the fish by the Village Supper Club, Willow Point or the south shore by Browns Channel.

The Crappies are starting to suspend over the deep water.  When you can find an active school you can fill up a bucket in a matter of a few minutes.  Most of the success I’ve been having is coming off of small plastics or a small fathead minnow. I slowly troll around looking at my locator until I find the active schools.  The main lake points are the best places to start.

Bluegills have again moved shallow.  Most of the success is coming near the Island on the west end.  Most of the fish are coming on red worms or leaf worms.  Work a depth of 14-16 ft of water.  Anchored slip bobber fishermen are having most of the success.

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

 

Delavan Lake 10/04/21 through 10/11/21

Fishing has been very tough over the last week or so.  The warm weather has confused the fish and they aren’t sure whether they should be in their fall or summer patterns.  The best bite on the lake remains the walleye.  They can be caught off the weedlines.

Walleye pike can be caught trolling deep diving crank baits or jigging in 35 ft of water.  You want to be just outside the main lake points when trolling.  I troll between 16 and 22 ft of water.  The early morning hours are the best.  You want a fire tiger or pearl colored crank bait which resembles the crappie.  Look for the fish by Browns Channel or by the island.  You want to get to the lake about an hour before sunrise.

Northern pike have been spotty.  The pike I’ve caught were in 10-12 ft of water on the weedline.  They can be caught on medium suckers fished on a slip bobber.  The best location has been by the Oriental boathouse or by the Yacht Club.  I haven’t been fishing suckers on lindy rigs so that might be a possibility.  Keep the boat on the outside of the weed edge in 17 ft of water and back troll into the wind.

Bluegills remain suspended in the main lake basin.  They are 20 ft down in 35 to 40 ft of water.  A good fish locator is essential to find the active fish.  The best presentation is an ice jig or a single hook with a heavy split shot.  You want to fish straight lined right beneath the boat.  Look for the fish by the Village or off of Willow Point.

Perch are being caught in 12-15 ft of water.  The best bait is large leaf worms or small fat head minnows.  Look for the fish by the outlet channel or down by the old Boy Scout camp.  Fish the worms on a slip bobber rig for the best success.

Largemouth bass are in 4-5 ft of water around the boat docks.  I’ve been concentrating on south shore piers.  They can be caught on Senkos or All Terrain Stiks.  Green pumpkin or watermelon seed are the best colors.

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

Delavan Lake 9/27/21 through 10/4/21

We had a week of warm, consistent weather that produced some great fishing opportunities.

Northern Pike fishing was really good all week, except for Sunday when the cold front moved in.  They have again been off the weedline in 20-25 ft of water.  I’ve found that the larger the sucker the better.  I’ve been lindy rigging 8 inch suckers.  The best location is by the gray condos or by Willow Point.  30% of the fish have been legal.   Once the weather stabilizes, the pike will bite up to turnover and then go on a feeding frenzy until ice up.  Turnover is approximately 3 weeks away depending on the weather.

The walleye have been sporadic.  The most success has come while trolling deep diving crankbaits in 22-25 ft of water or by lindy rigging nightcrawlers on the weedline.  The best colors for the crankbaits are fire tiger or pearl.   I’ve been catching about one out of five fish that are legal.  The best location has been by the Village point and the Oriental boat house.

Bluegills are in the 12-15 ft depth range.  They are not as easy to catch as they were in the past few weeks.  However, with a little perseverance a limit is possible.  The best bait is leaf worms straight lined beneath the boat or on slip bobbers.  Good success is coming from the Browns Channel area or west of Willow Point on the flat.

Largemouth bass that I’m fishing for are coming off the deep weedline.  I’m moving around a lot.  There is no rhyme or reason as to their location.  I just move down the weedline fishing nightcrawlers on a split shot rig.  The best location seems to be from the Village Point down to the Oriental boat house.  Once the water cools to about 60 degrees, I will switch from nightcrawlers to fathead minnows.

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

Delavan Lake Fishing Report 9/6/21 through 9/13/21

With the cooler nights, the water temperature is starting to drop.  The fishing remains above average and the boat traffic is below average.

Largemouth bass are starting to move out of their tight summer schools and can be found throughout the weedline in 12-14 ft of water.  In the early morning, the top water bite is available and you can also find them casting medium diving crankbaits.  The best patterns are chrome/blue or perch for the crankbaits.  The best location has been just west of the Yacht Club or by the Browns Channel weedline.

Northern pike action is starting to improve.  With the cooler water, the fish are moving into the 12-14 ft depth range.  They can be caught on Thill slip bobbers fished with medium suckers or casting white spinner baits.  The best location is the Viewcrest Bay or the weed flat by Browns Channel.  As the fall progresses, the northern pike action will continue to improve.

Walleye fishing has been slow.   There is some action coming from chrome/blue jigging Rapalas in 20-22 ft of water, or lindy rigging jumbo leeches.  The best location has been by the concrete point or by Willow point.  The walleye bite is always best in the fall, so the cooler nights will help improve the bite in the coming weeks.

Crappie fishing has been above average in the 30-35 ft depth range.  They can be caught on slip bobbers and fat head minnows.  The fish are in the main lake basin.  Look for them by Willow Point or in front of Assembly Park.  They are typically soft this time of year, so you want to get them on ice quickly.

Bluegill fishing has been average.  The best bite is in the 12-15 ft depth range.  The fish are biting on small leaf worms or wax worms fished on an ice jig.  The best color is chartreuse or orange.  I’ve been catching most of my fish by Del Mar subdivision.

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

 

Delavan Lake 8/30/21 through 9/6/21

Largemouth bass are still on the rocky points.  When you find a school, it’s possible to catch 15-20 fish.  They can either be caught drop shotting small 4 inch worms or fishing nightcrawlers on a split shot rig.  Look for the fish in 15-20 ft of water.  The best location is by Del Mar or by the Yacht Club.

Northern Pike fishing has been very slow.  I’ve been dragging suckers around all week and didn’t catch one fish.  I still believe that the bluegills are so thick on the weedlines that the pike simply aren’t hungry for anything else.  I’ve tried both lindy rigs and slip bobbers without success.

Bluegills for most of the week have been just outside the weed edge in 15-20 ft.  However, on Sunday 8/29/10 they were very difficult to catch.  I don’t know if it was the time of day or if the fish have moved.  I was fishing anywhere between 14 and 27 ft without much success.  Leaf worms or red worms have been producing and the best approach has been fishing straight beneath the boat or using slip bobbers.  Try for them 1 ft above the weeds.

Crappies continue to be very active.  They are on the weedline in 14-16 ft of water.  They can be caught on small plastics.  Chartreuse or purple have been producing most of the action.  Look for the fish by Browns Channel or Willow Point.  For live bait fishermen, if you find a nice school, a small fathead minnow fished on a Thill bobber will produce a lot of action as well.

Walleye fishing has been kind of slow.  I’ve been catching them here or there but not in any great numbers with any consistency.  Most of the time, I’ve been fishing in 15-17 ft of water.  I think that the walleyes are a little deeper in 22-24 ft of water on the outside of the weedline.  The best approach to catch them is chrome and blue jigging Rapalas.

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

Delavan Lake 8/16/21 through 8/23/21

I’ve been catching some however the bite has slowed from the last few weeks.  Bluegills continue to be the best bite on the lake, if you can’t catch your limit you should hang up the pole.

Largemouth bass are still on the deep weedline in 15-20 ft of water or in the slop in 3-4 ft of water.  The deep fish are biting on drop shot nightcrawlers or drop shot plastic worms, green pumpkin is the best color.  Good locations are by the yacht Club or by Willow Point.  The big schools of fish are not around anymore, so you need to move around a lot to catch your fish.

Bluegills are pretty much all over.  Most of the fishermen are catching them in 18-20 ft of water.  You can catch them on wax worms or leaf worms.  I prefer straight lining them beneath the boat with leaf worms or Hali jigs tiped with wax worms.  The best location is by the gray condo point or by Lake Lawn Lodge.

Walleye fishing has been very slow this week.  Most of the fish are coming on large leeches fished on a lindy rig in 15-20 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Browns Channel or by the Village Supper Club point.  Very few legal fish are being caught.

Northern Pike have not been cooperating much at all.  I have fished them 5 or 6 times in the last week with only one or two to show for my effort.  I would wait until the weather becomes more stable to try for them.  I have no idea why the fishing has been so tough for the Northern.

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

Delavan Lake 7/26/21 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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