Lakes Area Fishing Report 10/13-11/02
Fishing Report 10/12-11/02
Delavan Lake surface temps dropped considerably cooling to the 50's at the surface with many mornings being in the high 40’s.
It seems the lake has been slowly moving into fall turnover in the past week. Many areas are still murky, with others at a visibility of 20 feet or more with the water becoming very clear.
Delavan is notorious for requiring several game plans as what worked yesterday may not work today.
Many of my clients make the comment of “how many rods do we need”, upon stepping into the boat off the pier.
One day the fish will be a few feet off the shore the next day we are fishing 45 feet of water.
Anglers must plan for the unexpected, especially fishing transitional times of the year such as now during the fall turnover.
The largemouth bass bite has been tough with many high pressure sunny days. Fish have been holding in 8-10 feet of water.
Casting lipless baits and suspending jerk baits have produced some days. Fish have also been caught while fishing suckers for pike under floats in 8-15 feet of water.
Casting medium shiners or xl fathead minnows on split-shot rigs or Lindy Rigged has also produced both smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Many smallmouth have been caught in 18-25 feet of water. Drop-shotting finesse plastics have also produced slowly working the bait back to the boat.
The Yacht Club, Del-Mar and the Oriental Boathouse have been great producing areas.
Northern pike have started to bite more aggressively with many large fish being landed fishing the deep weed line to as shallow as 2-3 feet of water. I have still been catching pike in as deep as 45 feet of water fishing walleyes.
Fishing the deep weed line in 14-20 feet of water has been a good pattern at times, but many larger fish have continued to follow suspended schools of small pan fish in deeper water.
Casting until your arms fall off comes into play trying to land your presentation at the right place at the right time.
Casting smaller musky baits such as Jakes, Depth Raiders or Super Shad Raps or X Raps have also taken fish.
In the past few weeks we have started to move larger fish with a few musky being sighted.
I have started to rig suckers near the boat or on floats for follows. This time of year I will rig suckers in the 12-17” range with a quick strike sucker harness.
Fishing for pike under floats large or extra large suckers in the 7-10” range are perfect.
Casting for musky, slow falling baits, jerk baits or suspending cranks will produce.
Casting dense plastics such as Bull Dawgs or large tube baits present that slow fall. Jerk baits such as Suicks or Salmos can present both the slow fall and a fleeing baitfish motion. Suspended cranks in a shad style such running 4-10 feet down worked slowly over deep weeds or breaks can pull out the most aggressive fish.
Browns Channel, The Yacht Club and the Island have been very productive areas being home to deep weeds adjacent to deep breaklines holding fish.
On calm days most fish will remain deep, although the early morning bite has been very good. We have had a surplus of windy days, most being in excess, but wind is your friend as the water becomes clearer and clearer.
The walleye bite has remained consistent doing well Lindy Rigging small suckers and the biggest fatheads you can find. I have also done well fishing crawlers some days.
The bite has been best the first couple and last three hours of the day.
Fish areas where deep rock and weeds meet such as Browns Channel, Willow Point, the Island and the Oriental Boathouse.
Concentrate on fishing between 17 and 22 feet of water cloudy days, fishing as deep as 45 feet of water on sunny bright days.
The walleye bite has been tough during the day. Many fish are residing in deep water in 30-40 feet feeding on deep pan fish.
On the shallower side walleyes are holding on inside the weeds during the daylight hours and a few fish on the outer weed line out to 18 feet of water.
The night bite has become more consistent as the water begins to cool more rapidly. Casting suspending cranks or slip-floats over shallow weeds have produced quality fish.
Lake Lawn Resort, along the lake side of the Rock Wall, west of the Yacht Club, the Island, the stretch by the Gray Condos and Browns Channel has been great producers.
Look for inside bends and points along weed lines to locate fish.
Big Bluegill are holding in 30-45 feet of water out to 40 feet of water. Bluegills have also been holding in 2-4 feet of water in shallow weed beds many days, although I have caught many large gills in 12-15 feet of water right in the weeds.
Fishing vertically jigging Hali spoons or small jigs or casting split-shot rigs tipped with crawler pieces, leaf worms or larvae has produced in deeper water.
Fishing shallow water using small jigs dipped with plastics or larvae has produced fish.
Fish the large flat weed beds near Willow Point, Yacht Club, Del Mar, The Island and Assembly Park.
Perch continue to bite along Assembly Park, Community Beach and the Island in 12-20 feet of water. Crawler pieces, fathead minnows or jigs tipped with plastic are the go to bait of choice.
Crappies are still suspended 5-20 feet down in 35-45 feet of water. I have also landed many nice crappies in the 10-12” range drifting with small jigs in 10-12 feet over weeds on windy days.
Plastics have been working in pink, purple and bubble gum. The minnow bite has also started to improve fishing small fathead or emerald shiners under floats.
For all of you smallmouth fanatics out there, now is the time to get into some great smallmouth action on Geneva Lake. November is a great month for many species, with smallmouth being one of my favorites.
The dreaded “cold snap” most times of the year is actually a great indicator for a “hot” smallmouth bite. Most of the time I am wearing gloves with a stinging face when I have had the best action.
Geneva Lake has continued to produce some nice largemouth and a more and more small mouth in the last couple weeks. Fishing the large deep weed beds and flats along breaks has produced drop-shotting live bait and using finesse plastics in natural colors.
Fishing 12-15 feet of water has been the key depth with many fish remaining shallow under the docks and piers. Fish have been chasing perch in shallow water with many follows to the boat.
With our cool nights many smallies have been feeding heavily in shallow water in 4-8 feet on overcast days out to deeper water on sunny days. Fishing finesse plastics and jerk baits have all produced.
Small mouth bass have been caught in 22-40 feet of water. As I mentioned, early morning many fish have been feeding in shallower water, but quickly move to deeper water as the sun rises.
Smallies are still hitting suckers and chubs while fishing pike, but dragging crawlers or drop-shotting has been producing best.
When pursuing small mouth, target water with steep breaks running from 15 feet of water to 40 to 50 feet of water rapidly. Fish will be holding to the break at a desired depth day to day. Utilizing your electronics to locate fish will be key.
Drop-shotting wacky rigged or nose-hooked finesse worms such as YUM Houdini Worm or Berkley’s Finesse Worm worked along deep breaks has produced fish.
Look for fish near Black Point, the Military Academy, Cedar Point, Aurora University, and Linn Pier or outside the bay areas with Fontana and Geneva Bay being best.
Northern pike are still hitting chubs and suckers. Chubs certainly getting the nod having a hard time keeping suckers lively fishing so deep.
Pike are still residing in 25-32 being a productive range, although I have caught pike in 10-12 feet of water fishing floats. In deep water present your bait using a Lindy Rig.
Small perch Lindy rigged has also produced nice pike and small mouth bass. Just a reminder, remember to count the perch as part of your bag limit and it is legal to use for bait if it was caught on the same lake you are fishing.
When fishing, target areas such as Fontana Bay, Abbey Springs, Cisco Bay, Crawford’s Bar, the Military Academy, Elgin Club and Trinkes to the Country Club.
Blue gills still remain in deeper water in 25-35 feet of water, as the perch have remained shallow in 4-18 feet of water. Fishing vertically drifting spoons such as Hali or Swedish Pimples or drifting crawlers or leaf worms on split-shot rigs have produced fish.
Perch are biting very well in 4-8 feet of water on sandy flat areas. Fishing shiners or fatheads on split-shot rigs, drop-shot rigs or under floats have all produced. For the bigger fish, using medium shiners in the 3-4 inch range has been a must.
Fish large flat sandy areas such as Elgin Club, Abbey Springs, The Country Club or Trinkes.
A few crappies are still being caught near the narrows suspended over 30-40 feet of water fishing 10-20 feet down using white or clear plastics. Windy days have been best.
Rock River/Lake Koshkonong
Fishing in the river has been very consistent, but has been producing more fish fishing near Blackhawk Island and up river from the 26 bridge. Slipping the current with fathead minnows or crawlers has produced best.
With the draw down of the river be very careful navigating the system. Many exposed shoreline areas will be a quick indicator on how low it is right now.
With the lack of current most days, casting has been a better producer. Casting jigs tipped with live bait or plastics has been productive.
Crappies have been caught fishing small fatheads or shiners under floats around deadfall and timber.
White bass have also been hitting while fishing walleyes and saugers. Many are running in the 8-10”range. Casting white twister tails or spinners has also produced.
Catfish have been hitting while fishing walleyes on jigs. Many fish have been caught in deeper water fishing slack water behind an eddy or deadfall timber.
The large part of the King Salmon run has been completed with many fish still remaining in the rivers and harbors. Fishing skein and spawn sacs have produced best with the crank bait bite being secondary.
Many fall Coho Salmon have been showing up hitting cranks trolled out from the river mouth and harbor areas. Cohos have also been caught fishing spawn under floats.
Brown Trout are starting to show up more and more every day as the water cools rapidly. Steel head have also made an appearance with the bite progressively getting better.
Fishing Milwaukee, Racine or Kenosha will find some great fishing moving into late fall.
Now is the time to get into large trophy Brown Trout and Steel head with many shore dwelling fish being catchable with our cold water season starting.
The bite will continue through the ice fishing season fishing harbor ice or warm water discharge areas out of the boat.
Fall is the time of year to get into some great fishing and true “Trophy Fish”!
I am already thinking of the hard-water season coming up, but there are many open water days left to get into some great fishing!
Good Luck All!
John Reddy a local fishing guide operates Reddy Guide Service in the Delavan area. He is a professional fishing guide and educator licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and a United States Coast Guard licensed Great Lakes Charter Captain. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.