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Delavan Lake fishing report 5.25.15 through 5.31.13

The shallows on Delavan Lake have been inundated with the worst green slime I’ve seen in years.  Fishing the shallow weeds has proven to be a very challenging endeavor.  If you can remove the weeds after nearly every cast, the fish are there, but be prepared for a hassle.

Largemouth bass are in the shallows in 5-8 ft of water.  They can be caught on split shot rigged nightcrawlers and green pumpkin Senkos fished either Wacky style or Texas rigged.  You want to concentrate on the sand pockets within the weeds.  The best location has been by Assembly Park or in front of Lake Lawn Lodge.  The bass will likely spawn within the next week or so provided the weather stays warm.

Northern Pike fishing has been excellent.  The fish are on the weed line in 10-12 ft of water.  Most of the fish are coming off of Thill Big fish sliders fished with medium suckers.  You want to fish the suckers 2-3 ft above the weeds.  The best location has been by Viewcrest and by the gray condos.

Bluegill fishing has been best off the deep weedlines in 12-13 ft of water.  The old Boy Scout camp or by the island are great locations to try.  You want to fish small leaf worms fished on a small hook straight lining beneath the boat.  Most of the fish in the deeper water have been averaging 8 inches.  I’ve also been using Thill slip bobbers with a Lindy toad ice jig tipped with wax worms with decent success.

Walleye fishing has been average.  The fish are on the outside of the weed lines.  The best location has been by Del Mar or by the Oriental boat house.  The best approach is trolling deep diving crank baits.  The color patterns to use are fire tiger or crappie pattern.

Crappie fishing has been slow.  The few crappies being caught have been taken on the weedline using purple and chartreuse plastics fished on a 1/32 oz jig head.  I usually use a pink jig head.  The depth I’ve been working has been 8-10 ft of water.

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