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Delavan Lake fishing report 8.3.15 through 8.10.15

Delavan Lake fishing has been excellent.  The only problem is you need to find a time to go when the boat traffic isn’t too bad.  Even during the week, there are between 100-200 boats fishing at any given time.

Walleye fishing has been the best it has been in the past 5-10 years.  Both numbers and size are good.  Most of the fish are being caught in 22-24 ft of water off the main lake points.  Look for the fish by Willow Point and by Browns channel.  Lindy rigged leeches and nightcrawlers are producing most of the action.  It seems that a green chartreuse hook entices more bites than a plain one.

Largemouth bass are off the weedlines in 15-17 ft of water.  The best approach is keeping the boat in 22-24 ft of water and casting towards the weedline.   The fish are positioned where the weedline ends and the main lake basin starts.  The best locations have been west of Willow Point, west of the Yacht Club and by the Village supper club.  I’ve been catching most of my fish on a drop shot rigged Houdini worm in green pumpkin or a lindy rigged nightcrawler.

Crappie fishing has been okay.  The fish are on the weedlines in 12-15 ft of water.  The fish are associating with the weed growth and the main lake basin.  The best location has been west of the concrete point or by Belvidere Park.  I’ve been fishing the crappies with small purple or chartreuse plastics.    I’ve been trying to emulate the bait fish in the lake.  I’ve been catching some every time out but the large concentrations of fish are not as prevalent.

Northern pike fishing has been good in 20-25 ft of water.  The best approach has been lindy rigged medium suckers.  Look for the fish by the old Boy Scout camp or just west of the Yacht club.  Look for the fish 2-3 ft off bottom.  Make sure to temper your live bait, remember the bait shop water is substantially colder than the lake water.   If you try to move your bait directly to lake water they will die.

The best bluegill fishing remains in 12-15 ft of water.  You want to fish the buoy line on the Viewcrest side of the bay or by Assembly Park.  Most of the fish are being caught on split shot rigged leaf worms, however, you can still catch them on split shot rigged hellgrammites.  The bigger fish have been in large schools, so if you aren’t catching any, move on to a new location.

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