Lakes Area Fishing Report Week of July 9-15, 2012
It has been a busy month on the water. Fishing has been no less than fantastic with our warm weather.
My thoughts are with our growers, landscapers and the many people that rely on timely rains to make a living.
I can associate after such a mild winter.
Our drought has many water levels extremely low, so take care navigating unknown waters or your own stomping grounds where water was skinny before the drought conditions.
Largemouth bass are still in the shallow areas foraging while many have moved to the outer weed line in 12-18 feet of water.
Fishing live bait rigs have pulled in many fish putting the feedbag on in the past few weeks.
Crawlers, leeches and large minnows have worked well.
Drop shotting has been the go to rig, which can be tipped with almost any plastic, presenting the bait and keeping it in the strike zone longer.
I have been using larger 7-8” baits, examples are YUM F2 Mightee Worms, YUM F2 Dingers, Power Bait Finesse Worms.
Deep water cranking is also very effective, but is very reliant on accurate casting and boat positioning.
There are many deep cranks that are effective taking bass along with other game fish.
Utilizing cranks that dive from 4-15 feet of water are optimum. Baits I have had great success with are many but a few examples are Berkley Flicker Shads, Bomber Fat Free Shads, Bomber Deep Flat A’s, Bomber Deep Long A’s, XCalibur Square Lip and Rattle Baits.
The large weed flats running along Assembly Park, lake Lawn and the rock dike has been excellent for action.
Many of the main lake drop offs and deep weed lines have produced consistently.
The Island, Browns Channel and Willow Point have produced fish.
Small mouth Bass have been biting in 20-25 feet of water hitting leeches and Lindy Rigged live-bait.
Drop shotting finesse plastics or working Bass Stalker Football Jigs in green pumpkin or blue black tipped with Kalin’s Grubs or Chigger Chunks along the bottom has produced.
Walleye action has been continued to be very consistent on Delavan. With the recent extreme temps the bite slowed a bit, but has started to pick up once again.
Many fish have been caught during the daylight hours fishing between 17-22 feet of water fishing vertically or dragging Lindy rigged leeches or crawlers.
The optimum time has been early morning and the last few hours of the day.
The night bite has produced nice fish casting cranks above the weeds or fishing slip-floats with leeches or crawlers.
Brown’s Channel, the Island, the Gray Condos, The Yacht Club and Del Mar are key locations.
Northern pike have been biting more consistently in 23-30 feet out to 33 feet of water.
Many fish have been relating to the thermocline feeding on pan fish.
Fishing medium to large suckers Lindy rigged or under floats has been a topnotch presentation.
Fishing along the north and south shore near sharp breaks has produced equally fishing in the wind most of the time.
Target areas such as Assembly Park, Del Mar, Brown’s Channel the Island and the Yacht Club.
Blue gill fishing has been consistent for the larger fish suspended over deep water. Fish depths of 18-25 feet of water.
Moving around and covering water is the game plan to find the active large gills.
Leaf worms, hellgrammites and crawlers have produced. I have also caught large gills on leeches fishing for game fish.
The whole lake has been good for blue gill action, but concentrating on weed flats near deep breaks such as the Yacht Club, Lake Lawn and Brown’s Channel are good locations.
Crappies have been caught in 6-12 feet of water suspended over weeds.
The large slab crappies have scattered over deeper water travelling in large schools in 30-40 feet of water can be found 10-20 feet down.
Drifting, back trolling and casting your arm off are requirements to get into the larger fish. Look for suspended schools using your electronics.
Many fish remain suspended over large weed flats such as Lake Lawn, the Yacht Club, Willow Point Assembly Park, Jackson Park and Brown’s Channel but will be in the 8-10” range for size.
Fishing small hair jigs or jigs tipped with plastics or small minnows has produced. Hali spoons have worked best tipped with leaf worms or crawler pieces have worked best in deep water for all species.
A few nice perch have been caught in deep water while fishing gills and crappies in 6-12 feet of water on the bottom. Hellgrammites, crawlers and leeches are excellent baits.
The Yacht Club, Village Supper Club and Browns Channel have been consistent locations.
Small mouth action has been good to start fishing flats out to the first break.
Concentrate on 10-20 feet out to 30 feet of water on main lake flats adjacent to break lines, points and bars drop-shotting live bait and finesse plastics.
Fishing search baits for feeding bass has been a key strategy.
Working Booyah Football Jigs similar to Delavan Lake has been good for reaction strikes.
Early-mornings have presented a good bite in 10-15 feet of water.
Fish flat sandy areas such as Fontana Bay, Geneva Bay, Linn Pier and Crawford’s Bar are a few of many key areas to fish.
Large blue gills and Pumpkin seeds still have been caught up to 10 inches in 12-25 feet of water fishing near the bottom. Pumpkin seeds have also been caught on shallow sandy flats while fishing small mouth.
Leaf worms and crawler pieces fished on small spoons such as Hali or Swedish Pimples have worked best or drop shotting live bait. Look for schooled fish on your electronics.
Geneva Bay, Trinkes, Linn Pier, Maytag Point and Fontana Bay are a few areas to fish.
Rock Bass and Yellow perch have been shallow in large numbers and size in 8-15 feet of water.
Baby Roaches or Milwaukee Shiners on split-shot or drop shot rigs have worked taking fish along with small jigs tipped with plastics.
Sandy flat areas such as the Yacht Club, Geneva Bay, Cisco Bay and Buttons Bay are great areas to target.
Northern Pike have been found in 20-30 feet of water. Fish Lindy rigged medium to large shiners or red tail chubs or under Thill Slip Floats. Trolling large ½ to ¾ ounce white or chartreuse spinners has also taken fish.
Key areas to target are deep flats such as Trinkes or Williams Bay steep break-lines and such as the Military Academy, Cedar Point and George Williams College.
Large-mouth bass have been caught up and around piers out to 12-15 feet of water.
Drifting pre-rigged worms or live-bait has produced. Texas or Wacky rigged Yum Dingers in natural colors have worked best. Casting spinner-baits and crank baits have worked also when fish are feeding actively.
Elgin Club, The Country Club and Geneva Bay have been best.
The July “walleye run” has been good and as always requires time and covering water.
Fishing has been good if you are willing to put the time in on the water fishing after dark trolling stick baits.
Trolling long-lined baits such as Smithwick Rogues, Berkley Flicker Shads remains the best tactic finding and taking fish. Colors such as black/silver, fire tiger or blue/silver have produced.
Trolling in Fontana Bay, Abbey Springs, Trinkes and Cisco Bay are great areas to fish.
Good Luck to All and Great Fishing!
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.