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Lake Geneva Fishing Report 8/17/15 through 8/23/15

The summer heat wave is upon us.  The fishing remains pretty good as long as you get out early in the a.m. or late in the p.m.  The boat traffic on the lake makes fishing in the middle of the day pretty difficult.  Most of the fish are relating to deep water structure.  The best fishing is consistently the smallmouth or walleyes at night.

Smallmouth bass are on the deep water structure in 22-30 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Yerkes Observatory, South Shore Club or by the Wrigley Estate.  They are being caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers or drop shot rigged 4 inch finesse worms.  They have not schooled up yet as they have in recent years.  A typical school this year is 7-10 fish so you need to move around to have great success.

Yellow Perch are in the shallows in 12-15 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Knollwood or by Belvidere Park in Fontana.  They are aggressively feeding on small fat head minnows or leaf worms.  You want to fish them on a split shot rig or a Thill slip bobber rig.  The best locations have scattered weeds and hard sand bottom.

Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent in 18-24 ft of water.  Look for the fish by Trinkes or by the 700 Club.  They are being caught on football head jigs with a green pumpkin trailer or Carolina rigging green pumpkin lizards.  The key to finding them is finding locations with scattered weeds and a harder bottom.

Rock bass fishing has been excellent in the deeper waters.  A lot of the fish have been in excess of 20 ft of water.  They are being caught on lindy rigged nightcrawlers or fat head minnows.  Look for the fish off of main lake points like Cedar Point or Conference Point.

Walleye fishing has been very good at night.  Make sure you pick nights when there is wind.  The best locations have been Trinkes Bay and Fontana Bay.

Bluegill fishing has been excellent in the 18-24 ft depth range.  The best location has been by Elgin Club or by Gage Marine.  Try a split shot rig with a leaf worm approximately six inches off bottom for the best success.  The average size of the bluegills is over 8 inches.

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