Fishing Report

Delavan Lake 9/25/23 through 10/1/23


Because Delavan Lake is a substantially shallower body of water than Lake Geneva, frontal patterns effect Delavan quite a bit more and cold fronts really make the fishing tough.

Largemouth bass are in small pockets.  This past Saturday I fished multiple areas where they have been active recently with limited success.  But once I found an area with biting fish, I ended up catching some nice fish.  The bass are being caught on black and blue jigs or on fat head minnows.  Look for the fish in 15-16 ft of water right on the weeds.

Walleye fishing has started to improve.  They are being caught best in the evening right at sun down.  You want to cast chrome and blue and perch colored Rattle Traps or Rapala Husky Jerks.  Look for the fish around the main lake points.  The best depth right now is 20 ft of water.  The fish are suspended in the water column.

Northern Pike action has still been spotty.  Like Lake Geneva, I’m catching one here and there but there doesn’t seem to be an active pattern.  The best approach is slip bobbering medium suckers or lindy rigging them.  The best location has been just west of Willow Point or down by the island.

Bluegill action has been very slow for me.  They have moved out of the medium depth range, 15-16 ft of water and are either shallower or suspended out in the main lake basin.  The late fall pattern is usually suspended in 35-40 ft of water.  I haven’t had time to go look for them, but I will as fall goes on.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the water.  For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063.

Fishing Regulations

Delavan Lake offers over 2,000 acres of spectacular fishing for:

  • Northern Pike
  • Walleye
  • Bass
  • Perch
  • Muskie
  • Blue Gill
  • Crappie
Delavan Lake Fishing Regulations
Delavan Lake Fishing Regulations

Do you have questions about the Vegetation/Weeds in Delavan Lake? 

Contact Charlie Handel, Lake Operations Manager for the Delavan Lake Sanitary District

Charlie Handel

Phone: (262) 728-4100

Email: [email protected]

Community Park Offers Fishermen:

  • Two Piers to launch and recover four (4) boats at a time
  • Parking for over 150 Boat Trailers
  • Four (4) Porta-Potties at Boat Trailer Lot
  • New launch ramps (2014 Season)
  • Indoor bathroom facilities at Community Center
  • FREE DNR Life Vest Loaner Program
  • Dockmaster Service on Weekends, & Special Holidays
  • Daily Weather Reports posted at Gate House
  • Shore Fishing Pier
  • FREE Lake Maps
  • Lighted Ramp and Parking Lot
  • Overnight Park for Boat Trailers - $25.00 Fee
  • $25.00 Non Resident Season Pass for Parking, Shore Fishing Etc.
  • Three (3) Clean Boats/Clean Waters Cleaning Stands in boat lot area
  • Bait Waste Barrels at Boat Lot Area
  • Boat Prep and Sailboat Rigging Area
  • FREE Coast Guard Auxiliary "Vessel Safety " Checks
  • Electrical Panel at Boat Lot for Blowups, Charging Etc.
  • Special Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Emergency Jumper Cable Usage
  • Season Launch Passes
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