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10/13/2001 Delavan Lake, Evening - rain temp 40-45 degrees. NW winds at 5 mph.  Water temp 59 degrees. 1 northern, 3 small mouth, no walleyes.  Fished shallow and deep.   Conditions were perfect but they just weren't biting.  Northern was caught on the quick strike rig near the Village Supper Club.  It was undersize.  The smallmouth were caught in 16-20 feet of water near the Yacht Club on lindy rigs, back trolling.

10/13/2001 Delavan lake, morning - cloudy temp 45 degrees S winds at 5 mph.  Water temp 59 degrees.  2 northerns, 3 walleyes and 3 smallmouth.  Again fishing was slow.   Walleyes were caught on Wally Divers- clown color, suspending bait right at sunrise.  They were caught near the gray condos.  Northerns were caught on suckers on quick strike rigs.  Both fish were small, no quality fish.  The small mouth were caught by the Yacht club point.

10/11/2001 Delavan Lake, sunny, 60 degrees, winds NW at 5 mph.  Water temp 60 degrees.  2 northerns (1 legal - 32"), 3 small mouth bass, no walleyes.  Things were really slow.  The lake is turned over.  I believe the water is clear to about 15 feet.   Northerns were caught on 9 inch suckers on quick strike rigs near Browns Channel in 18 feet of water.

9/30/2001 Delavan Lake (evening) sunny 70 degrees, no wind, water temp 60 degrees.  2 large mouth, 1 walleye, 1 northern.  Fishing was really tough.  I think that the lake is turning over.  Boat traffic was pretty bad.  I fished all over the lake and couldn't get anything to work.  The northern was caught on a quick strike rig and 9 inch sucker.  Once the water stabilizes the fishing should improve.

9/30/2001 Delavan Lake (morning)  sunny, thick morning fog, 60 degrees, water temp 63 degrees, no wind.  12-15 walleye (no legals), 2 northerns and 1 small mouth.  All walleyes were caught on lindy rigged fat head minnows.  Best depth seemed to be 18-24 feet of water.  Northerns were caught on suckers fished on quick strike rigs.   The biggest fish was 31 inches.  The best location was east of Browns Channel.

9/29/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny with morning fog.  60 degrees and no wind, water temp 64 degrees.   4 large mouth and 2 small mouth.  Fishing was slow, the fish that were caught were on night crawlers on the split shot rig.  I worked 6-17 feet of water, it seemed they just weren't biting.  If you wanted perch you would have had a ball.  Most of the bass were caught from the Yacht Club to Abbey Springs.

9/28/2001 Delavan Lake, sunny 60 degrees winds north at 5 mph, water temp 62 degrees. 12 walleyes, no legal and 3 northerns 31, 33 and 38 inches.  Walleyes were caught in 17-20 feet of water.  Lindy rigs tipped with minnows worked the best.  Northerns were caught on fat head minnows fishing for walleyes.  1 fish was lost by the side of the boat, it was around 36 inches.  Best location was from the Oriental boathouse to Browns Channel.  No fish were caught after dark.

9/27/2001 Delavan Lake, sunny 65 degrees, winds north at 10 mph, water temp 63 degrees.  9 walleyes, 1 northern.  Walleyes were caught in 16-20 feet of water.  I used lindy rigs tipped with minnows.  Northern was caught on a 10 inch sucker on a quick strike rig.  The sucker was fished beneath the boat and allowed to free swim.   The best location was the south shore from Delmar Subdivision to the point.   No fish were caught on crankbaits.

9/23/2001 Lake Geneva, Raining 60 degrees, winds 5 mph from the east.  Water temp 67 degrees.   3 large mouth and 3 small mouth and loads of rock bass, perch and blue gills.   Fished 6-10 feet of water.  The legal bass were caught at Belvidere Park.   The other bass were caught drifting from Coleman Point to Cedar Point.  The rain made this the most miserable trip of the year.  No fish were caught by the Military Academy or by Linn Pier.

9/22/2001 Lake Geneva,  sunny 65 degrees, winds were light.  Water temp 67 degrees.   3 small mouth, 4 large mouth and lots of perch and blue gills.  Best depth was 10-11 feet of water.  We tried many spots but the best was by Belvidere Park.   Used night crawlers on the split shot rig most of the day.  Other locations that produced fish were Linn Pier and by Knollwood.

9/19/2001 Lake Geneva,  rainy 65 degrees, winds N at 20 mph.  Water temp 68 degrees.   6 small mouth, 5 large mouth and bunches of perch and blue gills.     Fished seemed to be in 8-12 feet of water, associating with shallow sandy flats with scattered weeds.  Night crawlers fished on the split shot rig was the method used.  Most of the bass were taken at Belvidere Park. Colemans Point provided nothing but small panfish.

9/18/2001 Lake Delavan, cloudy 70 degrees, winds NE a 10 mph.  Water temp 69 degrees.  7 walleyes, 4 small mouth, 4 large mouth.  Fished the evening.  Fish were in 18-20 feet of water.  Used fathead minnows and night crawlers on 1/8 oz lindy rigs.   All the fish were caught before dark.  Best spot was by DelMar point drifting from east to west.

9/9/2001 Lake Geneva, cloudy, rainy 65 degrees, winds W at 10-15 mph.  Water temp 73 degrees.   Caught 4 large mouth and about 25 perch and loads of rock bass and blue gills.   Fished the south shore from Abby Springs to the Yacht Club.  Fish were in 10 feet of water.  All the fish were caught on the split shot rig with night crawlers.   Some of the perch were 11 and 12 inches.  Guide party had a great batch of fish to take home.

9/6/2001 Lake Delavan, cloudy 73 degrees, winds calm.  Water temp 74 degrees.  Caught 2 large mouth bass off of the point by Del Mar.  Got chased off the water after about an hour of fishing by a huge thunderstorm.  All fish were caught on night crawlers on crawler harnesses with a nickel blade.

9/4/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 70 degrees, winds NE at 5-10 mph.  Water temp 74 degrees.  Caught 5 walleyes ( 1 legal), 6 small mouth and 7 large mouth.  Fished from Delmaray subdivision almost to the Oriental boat house.  All fish were caught on night crawlers fished on a split shot rig with painted chartreuse walleye hooks.  We were fishing deeper water, so I used a 5/0 split shot.  The best depth seemed to be right on the break in 20 feet of water.   Tried other spots, but not much success.

9/2/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 60 degrees, winds 10 mph out of the S.  Water temp 73 degrees.  Caught 6 large mouth ( 3 legals).    All the fish were caught off docks on the south shore.  Texas rigged, black plastic worms worked the best.  The key seemed to be thick weeds associated with the docks.  One bass was caught split shotting a pumpkin seed lizard.   Tried top water baits with no success.  Carolina rigged 15-20 ft. of water with no success.   Shallow water was the best.

8/30/2001 Delavan Lake, partly cloudy 75 degrees, winds NW at 10-15 mph.  Water temp 77 degrees.  3 large mouth, 1 small mouth, 3 crappies and a couple of bluegills.  Bass were caught by the North shore bridge in 3-5 feet of water.  No fish were caught in the slop by North shore.    Again no walleyes were caught.  Fishing has been really tough lately.   I believe that it is due to the unstable temperatures.

8/29/2001 Delavan Lake, partly cloudy 78 degrees, winds SE at 10 mph.  Water temp 76 degrees.  2 large mouth bass, 8 crappies, 2 blue gills.  Fishing was slow.  Toured the lake with a guide party, so we never fished any one spot very long.  Fished everything from slop to lindy rigging in 24 feet of water.  Bass were in the shallow weeds in 8 feet of water in front of Lake Lawn Lodge.  Night crawlers seemed to be the best bait.

8/28/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 74 degrees, winds light from the  SW.  Water temp 76 degrees.  2 large mouth (1 legal), 3 small mouth and broke off 5-6 good fish.  Fished the Yacht Club to the Academy, where most of the bass were caught.  Fish were caught in 8-15 feet of water.  Used the split-shot rig with nightcrawlers, back trolled slowly.  Caught plenty of perch, rock bass and blue gill.  Also fished Linn Pier, Trinkes, and Colemans Point.

8/27/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 73 degrees, winds SW 10 mph.  Water temp 76 degrees.   2 largemouth (both legal), 3 small mouth (1 legal),  fished for 2 1/2 hours.   Drift fished from the Yacht club to the Military Academy in 12-15 feet of water.   Some fish were caught slightly shallower.   All fish were caught on the single hook, split shot rig.  Caught loads of pan fish:  perch, rock bass and blue gills.

8/26/2001 Lake Geneva,  sunny 75 degrees, winds out of the NW at 10 mph.  Water temp 75 degrees.  Caught 3 large mouth ( 1 legal)  4 small mouth ( 1 legal) and a boat load of pan fish.  Worked water depths from 8 feet down to 16 feet.  The best depth was 11-12 feet.  The large mouth came from Trinkes and the smallies were caught by the Military Academy.  The best rig was the split shot with night crawler.  The panfish were mixed in with the bass.

8/25/2001  Lake Delavan, cloudy and humid,   73 degrees, winds SW at 10 mph.  Water temp 75 degrees.  Caught 3 small mouth bass, 4 large mouth bass and about 12 crappies.  Small mouth bass came from the weed flats with hard bottom.  Night crawlers fished on a large split shot seemed to work the best.  The depth range was about 15 feet.  The large mouth bass were caught around the piers.  Fished for walleyes earlier in the morning with no success.

8/23/2001 Lake Delavan, partly cloudy 70 degrees, N wind at 5 mph.  Water temp 76 degrees.  Caught 3 large mouth bass, 6 crappies.  Fishing was slow for Northern Pike.  Fished for them for about 1 1/2 hours in 15-20 feet of water with no bites.  The bass came off the docks on the north side of the lake.  Crappies came scattered in about 6-8 feet of water.  Plastics were used.

8/20/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 75 degrees. No wind, water temp 76 degrees.  Fished the evening, caught 2 small mouth and 2 large mouth and a whole bunch of panfish.  The small mouth were caught west of Linn Pier in 12 feet of water and the large mouth were taken east of Cedar Point in about 14 feet of water.  Bass fishing was slow.  Caught about 40-50 pan fish on the single hook night crawler rig.  The best location for the pan fish was right in front of the Linn Pier boat launch.

8/18/2001 Lake Geneva, 65 degrees and cloudy.   Winds SW at 10 mph.  Water temp 76 degrees.  Caught 2 small mouth, 1 legal and 2 large mouth, 1 legal.  Caught approximately 50 panfish. Fished 15 feet of water by Linn Pier and by the Military Academy and tried in Geneva Bay.  The best success was by Linn Pier.  Used exclusively the split shot rig with a night crawler.

8/15/2001 Lake Delavan, cloudy, light rain 65 degrees, winds out of the north at 5 mph.  Water temp 78 degrees.  Another cold front!  Fishing was very tough.  Caught 1 walleye, and 12-15 crappies.   Tried northern fishing in all the regular spots for about 2 hours with only one real bite.  The crappies and walleye came on yellow plastics in 10-15 feet of water over submergent weeds.  Best success was by Browns Channel.

8/13/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 70 degrees, winds out of the north at 10 mph, water temp 80 degrees.  Caught 7 northern, 19 crappies.   Fished northerns east of the Yacht Club, 20 feet seemed to be the best depth.   Fished northerns for 2 hours caught 1 legal fish, just 32 inches.  Fished suckers on a lindy rig for bait.  Crappies were caught in 10 feet of water east of Browns Channel.  yellow plastics seemed to be the most productive.  Crappie fishing was slow, however the average size was very good.

8/12/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 70 degrees, winds light from the north, water temp 80 degrees.  31 crappies, 1 walleye, 2 large mouth, 1 small mouth.  Fished crappies east of Willow point near Browns Channel, Assembly Park, and in front of Township park.  Worked 10-15 feet of water, most of the fish were near Browns Channel.  I used exclusively small plastics, yellow and purple seemed to be the best color.

8/10/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 72 degrees, winds north at 10 mph.  Water temp 82 degrees.  3 northerns, 1 small mouth, 10 blue gills and 23 crappies.  Fishing was tough - high pressure and a 20 degree cold front, really shut down the pike fishing.  Northerns were caught west of the Yacht club weed line in 15-19 feet of water.  Crappies were caught in 12-15 feet of water east of Willow Point.  Pink plastics fished with a small jig worked the best.  Fished walleyes for a few minutes, but only caught blue gills.

8/7/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny humid 95 degrees, winds light from the north.  Water temp 83 degrees.  7 northerns, 1 large mouth bass, 2 small mouth bass, 22 crappies.  Northerns were in 17-20 feet of water, most of them were taken from the west weed line, from the Yacht club point and Browns Channel.   They were caught on lindy rigged suckers, trolled slowly.  Crappies were caught on plastics, yellow tube baits or twisters seemed to work the best.  I fished by Browns Channel in 10-12 feet of water.  Fishing was all right considering how hot it was.

8/6/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 94 degrees and humid, west wind at 10-15 mph.  Water temp 83 degrees.  4 large mouth (3 legals), and loads of small blue gills.  Fishing was very slow.  Fished 15 feet of water.  The best spot was east of Cedar Point.  Also fished Trinkes, Linn Pier and Geneva Bay without success.  Only used night crawlers on the split shot rig.

8/4/2001 Afternoon, Lake Delavan, sunny 95 degrees and humid, no wind.  Water temp 84 degrees.  11 northerns ( 1 legal), 50-60 crappies.  Moved around the lake trying a lot of spots.  Caught at least one fish per spot.  The biggest fish came from the Boy Scout camp on the west end of the lake.  Fish were in 15-24 feet of water.  All fish were caught on lindy-rigged suckers.  Crappies were caught east of Browns Channel and by Willow Point, all on plastics, yellow seemed to be the best color.

8/4/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 90 degrees and humid, no wind.  Water temp 84 degrees.  3 northerns (5 others broke off), 50 crappies, 1 small mouth bass.  Northerns were caught in 20 feet of water.  They were caught on lindy rigged suckers  The suckers were about 6 inches.  The best spot was the Yacht Club point to the west.  Tried large mouth bass fishing on the north shore docks, without luck.  Crappies were caught by Willow Point.  The fish were suspended in 15 feet of water 5 to 6 feet down.

8/1/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 93 degrees and humid, winds light at 5 mph from the SW.  Water temp 81 degrees.  Caught 8 large mouth (3 legals) 4 small mouth (1 legal)  Fished west of Black Point in 12-15 feet of water.  Caught only small fish and not too many.  The legal fish were caught west of Linn Pier in 13 feet of water.  Also fished by Cedar Point and in Williams bay, a lot of small fish.  Used the split shot rig.  The best depth this day seemed to be 12-15 feet of water.

7/30/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 93 degrees and humid, winds light from the SW, water temp 81 degrees.  10 northerns ( 1 legal) and 50 crappies.  Fished suckers on lindy rigs in 20-23 feet of water.  Fished by the gray condos.  The crappies were caught all on plastics.  Yellow was the best color.  Fished 10-12 feet near Willow Point on the outside of the weed line,  a slow retrieve was the key.

7/29/2001 Lake Geneva,  80 degrees and cloudy, wind SW at 8 mph.  Water temp 77 degrees.  13 large mouth bass (5 legal) and 3 small mouth (1 - 18 inches)  Fished Cedar Point to Colemans Point in 12-15 feet of water.  Drift fished night crawlers on a split shot rig.

7/28/2001  Lake Geneva, 79 degrees and cloudy, NE wind at 10 mph.  Water temp 78 degrees.  10 large mouth bass (2 legal) and 3 small mouth bass (1 legal).  Worked Cedar Point to Knollwood and west of Linn Pier. The depth was about 10-13 feet of water.  Caught a lot of fish but not very many legal ones.  Fished night crawlers on a split shot rig.

7/26/2001 Lake Delavan, 75 degrees and sunny, winds NE at 15 mph.  Water temp 76 degrees.  Wow, what a cold front.   Fished the evening for walleyes.  Caught one 31" northern pike and 12-15 bluegills.  It was miserable fishing and got skunked for walleyes.  Fished all over the lake in 13-24 feet of water.  Tried both leeches and nightcrawlers and nothing turned the walleyes on.

7/24/2001 Lake Delavan, 90 degrees and humid, no wind.  Water temp 85 degrees.  1 walleye, 1 largemouth and many crappies.   We were primarily crappie fishing in the afternoon and caught about 40-45 in 12-13 feet of water.  The best locations were Browns Channel and the west end by the Island area.  We used all plastics.  Yellow seemed to work the best.  Caught a lot of 10-12 inch fish, had a great evening.

7/22/2001  Lake Delavan, sunny 90 degrees and humid.  SW wind at 5 mph.  Water temp 83 degrees.  Caught 20 perch, 4 walleyes, 4 large mouth bass and 4 northerns.  Fished in front of Lake Lawn, Township Park Beach and the Gray condos.  Perch were caught in 12-15 feet of water on helgramites fished on slip bobbers.  Walleyes and Northerns were caught on slip bobbers and leeches by the gray condos.  Large mouth bass were nightcrawlers fished on a split shot rig.

7/20/2001  Lake Geneva, sunny 90 degrees and humid, no wind.  Water temp 81 degrees.  Caught 11 large mouth (5 legals), 2 small mouth.  All were caught on night crawlers on a split shot rig.  Fished Geneva Bay, Trinkes, 700 Club, Black Point and Cedar Point to Coleman's Point.  Most of the fish were caught by Coleman's Point, in 10-15 feet of water.  I did catch 5 or 6 nice perch by the 700 Club.  Overall, the fishing was kind of tough.

7/18/2001  Lake Geneva, sunny 88 degrees and humid.  Winds SW at 10 mph.  Water temp 81 degrees.  Caught 25 small mouth bass (no legals).  Fished west of Black Point in 12-18 feet of water.  The bass were chasing the minnows  All the fish were caught on night crawlers fished on the split shot rig.  Fished 4 hours in the evening.

7/15/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 90 degrees, winds calm, water temp 80 degrees. 6 northerns, 1 large mouth, and 15 crappies.  Northerns were caught on suckers west of the Yacht club in 16-22 feet of water.  Crappies were caught in 12 feet of water  just outside the weed line,  east of Willow Point, all on plastics.  1 large mouth bass was caught off a north shore pier just east of Delavan Lake Marina.

7/14/2001  Lake Delavan,  sunny 85 degrees west wind 10 mph.  Water temp 81 degrees.  Caught 8 northerns, 1 walleye, 15 crappies and 10 bluegills.  Fishing was tough with high skies and great weather.  Northerns were caught on suckers near the gray condos and east, in 16-20 feet of water.  Crappies were caught on plastic near Browns Channel.  Walleye and bluegills were caught just east of Delmar's point on leeches and night crawlers fished on lindy rigs.

7/13/2001  Lake Delavan, sunny 90 degrees and humid.  Winds west at 5 mph.  Water temp 81 degrees.  Caught 40 crappies east of Browns Channel.  Fish were suspended right off the weed line in 12 feet of water.  Fished 2 hours in the evening.

7/10/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 85 degrees winds light from the west.  Water temp 82 degrees.  Caught 8 northerns (1- 33 inches), 5 largemouth and 4 walleys.  Northerns were caught in 16-18 feet of water from the Yacht club point to the east.  Suckers fished on lindy rigs caught the most fish.   The bass were caught off the north shore piers using the split-shot and single hook fishing night crawlers.  Walleyes were caught fishing in between the Oriental boathouse and Browns Channel.  Leeches fished on lindy-rigs were the best presentation.

7/9/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 90 degrees and humid.  West wind at 6 mph.  Water temp 80 degrees.  Caught 60-70 crappies in 2 hours.  All were caught on small plastic twister tails or cubby jigs (yellow and motor oil color).  Fish were caught in shallow weeds in 8-10 feet of water.  The location was east of Browns Channel.

7/8/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 85 degrees and humid, winds calm.  Water temp 76 degrees.  Caught 5 northerns, 1 walleye - 22 inches.  Fished all 4 hours for northerns on the 16-23 feet weed line.  Fishing was tougher than usual.  The best spot was on both sides of the Yacht club point.   The method of fishing was the lindy rig fished with 20 pound test line.

7/7/2001 Lake Geneva, cloudy 80 degrees and humid, winds S at 5 mph.  Water temp 73 degrees.  Struggled for the second consecutive day.  Caught 6 large mouth bass and one small mouth bass.  2 large mouth bass were legal.  Most of the fish came out of the 13 foot range by the 700 club.  My guide party wanted to see the lake, so we fished all over from Geneva Bay to Fontana Beach.  I couldn't really determine a pattern for the day.

7/6/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 80 degrees, winds SE at 15 mph.  Water temp 73 degrees.  Fishing was terrible.  Caught 1 legal small mouth and 1 legal large mouth and 4 other small bass.  The rock bass and pan fish were also scarce.  The best action came east of Abbey Springs in 15-17 feet of water.  Tried in numerous spots and fishing was slow everywhere.  Caught 2 short fish in Williams Bay.  Fished exclusively night crawlers.  I did try shallow and deep but nothing was happening.

7/5/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 75 degrees, wind N at 5 mph.  Water temp 78 degrees.  Multi species guide trip.  3 large mouth, 1 small mouth, 26 crappies, bluegills, perch and 8 walleyes.  Fishing was great for a cold front pattern.  Large mouth came off north shore piers.  All were caught on the single hook rig with night crawler.  Panfish were caught in 8-10 feet of water by the Browns Channel weed flat.  All were caught on plastic twisters and a small jig, any color worked.  Walleyes were located in the 15-18 feet range, east of Browns Channel.  I electric motor-trolled lindy rigs under the boat.   1/8 to 1/4 oz walking sinkers with a 24 inch snell provided all the action.   Nightcrawlers and leeches worked equally well.

7/4/2001  Delavan Lake, sunny 80 degrees and humid, winds NE 5-10 mph. Water temp 76 degrees. Fished the morning.  Caught 7 walleyes in about an hour, the largest was 17 inches.  Fished for Northern Pike for about 2 hours and  boated 9 and had 8 others on.  Walleyes were caught in 15-17 feet of water off the weed line,  night crawlers and leeches worked equally well.   Fished east of Browns Channel.  Northerns were caught in 19-25 feet of water near the gray condo's weedline.  Lindy rigged large suckers caught all the fish.  

7/1/2001  Delavan Lake, sunny 67 degrees, winds SE 10-15 mph, Water temp 77 degrees.  Severe cold front moved throught the night before.  Fished the evening and caught 16 northern pike (2 legal, 32" fish).  Fished 16-22 feet of water.  Caught 1 small pike in front of Lake Lawn Lodge, the rest of the fish came from the Yacht club point to the gray condo's.   Spent an hour fishing walleyes but it was very slow.

6/29/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 90 degrees, winds SW at 5 mph, water temp 76 degrees.  Caught 18 large mouth, approx. 12 legals.   Only caught 4 bass at Trinkes in 11-13 feet of water.  Fished the rest of the time in Geneva Bay from Pier 23- Pier 5.  Worked 10-11 feet of water,  caught some fish over 3 pounds.  Night crawlers with the single hook rig worked the best.

6/28/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 85 degrees, winds calm, water temp 74 degrees.  18 large mouth bass, approximately 13 legal. Fished east of Trinkes in 12-14 feet of water.  Night crawlers on the single hook split shot rig worked the best.  The last hour of the trip, we tried by Knollwood and west of Black point in 15-18 feet of water.  All we caught were panfish and one large mouth bass.

6/27/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 85 degrees, winds calm, water temp 73 degrees.  Fished the afternoon from 4-8pm.  Caught 28 large mouth bass, approximately 18 legal.  Fished east of Trinkes in 12-14 feet of water.   Night crawlers on the single hook split shot rig worked the best.

6/25/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 85 degrees, winds south at 10-15 mph.  Water temp 73 degrees.  Caught 26 large mouth, 18 legal and about 10 bluegills.  The fish were all caught east of Trinkes using the single hook split shot rig with a night crawler.  The best depth was 8-12 feet of water.  We had so much success at this spot, we never even tried anywhere else.

6/24/2001  Lake Geneva, sunny 82 degrees, winds calm, water temp 71 degrees.  11 Large mouth, 1 small mouth and 22 rock bass.   Caught all of the fish using the single hook split shot rig with night crawlers.   6 large mouth were caught east of Trinkes, 4 large mouth and one smallie was caught in Geneva Bay between Pier 20 and Pier 5.  I fished in 12 feet of water.  1 large mouth was caught in Williams Bay in 10 feet of water. 

6/23/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 80 degrees, winds calm, water temp 71 degrees.  10 Large mouth, 2 small mouth and about 20 rock bass.   Caught most of the fish east of Trinkes in 8-10 feet of water.  Used the single hook with split shot.  No fish were caught by the Military Academy.  3 of the Large mouth were caught in Williams Bay in 12-14 feet of water for the last spot.

6/20/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 80 degrees, water temp 75, winds light from the West.  Afternoon guide party.  Caught 15 largemouth, four over 3 and 1/2 pounds, and 3 small pike.  Fished near Browns Channel from 15-18 feet of water,  didn't have any action.  Switched gears and started fishing large mouth bass around North shore docks.  The bass were still spawning, you could find the clean sand bottom and catch them.  Used the single split shot and night crawler rig.  The shadows of the docks were also a good for flipping.

6/20/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 75 degrees, water temp 71, winds light from the West.  Morning guide party, Caught 21 largemouth bass, 15 legal.  Fished east of Trinkes in 10-14 feet of water.  Used the night crawler  on a single hook split shot rig.  Tried by Linn Pier and didn't catch anything there.

6/19/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 85 degrees, water temp 71 with calm winds.  Fished in the afternoon and caught 26 large mouth bass, 20 legal.  Fished east of Trinkes in 10-14 feet of water.  Used the night crawler on a single hook split shot rig.  Fished all night crawlers.

6/17/2001 Little Cedar lake, Washington County.   Sunny 85 degrees, water temp 73 degrees.  Two northerns, 6 large mouth bass, 15 crappies and 15 bluegills.  The northern were caught on a Wally Diver crank bait, gray & white color.  The bass were caught on a split shot rig using live night crawlers.  The pan fish were caught on small motor oil plastics.  The best depth was 10-11 feet over shallow weeds.

6/16/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 80 degrees, winds 5 mph out of the West.  Water temp 72 degrees.  Caught 7 walleyes, 6 small mouth bass, 2 northerns - one 33 inches. Fished walleyes off the deep weed line in 15-18 feet of water.  All the walleyes were caught near Browns Channel.  The other spots tried only yielded little small mouth bass.  The two northern were caught on jumbo leeches.   The best approach was an orange and yellow weed jig or a lindy rig with a 3/8 oz walking sinker and a 20 inch snell.  We did not fish shallow, the shallowest water was 13 feet of water.  Used night crawlers and leeches, both worked equally well.

6/11/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 90 degrees, winds Southeast at about 5 mph.  Water temp 69 degrees.  Caught 1 small mouth by Cisco Beach in 12 feet of water, caught 13 large mouth in Geneva Bay by pier 5-22.  Fishing is 8-10 feet of water produced the most fish.  The bait was again the night crawler on the split shot rig.  Caught one small large mouth by Trinkes.  Fished in the evening for 4 hours.  Again the rock bass were plentiful.

6/10/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 80 degrees, calm winds.  Water temp 66 degrees.   11 small mouth bass, 7 legal,  3 large mouth, no legals and a multitude of rock bass.  The best spot was drifting from Cisco Beach to Elgin Club in 11-12 feet of water, fishing night crawlers on the split shot rig.  No fish were caught at Linn Pier or by the Military Academy.

6/9/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny, 75 degrees SW wind at 5 mph. Water temp 62 degrees.   10 legal small mouth, 2 short ones, caught 30 rock bass.  The best spot was drifting from Cedar point to Knollwood in 11-12 feet of water, using night crawlers and the split shot rig.  The small mouth bass are still spawning, protecting their nest.   Tried also by Linn Pier, nothing but rock bass, also tried by the Military Academy, caught more rock bass there.  Spoke with a friend, the highest concentration of rock bass were in the 15-20 foot range.

6/8/2001  Lake Delavan, sunny, no wind, air temp 75 degrees.  Water temp 63 degrees.  The guide trip was for pan fish.  Mostly crappie and some blue gill. Tried by Browns Channel but caught only a few crappies.  Moved to near American Marine buoys, where we caught about 18 crappies, mostly on a small jig with purple plastic twister tail.  Some also were caught on leaf worms fished beneath a bobber.   Fished blue gills on the north shore docks around Delavan Lake Marina.  Fished 5-6 feet of water.  Kept about 6 bluegills and the crappies.  Fished for large mouth bass for about 1/2 hour, landed 3 pretty nice ones using a single night crawler split shot rig.  Fished walleyes for about 15 minutes landed 3 small ones, best depth was 15 feet of water, taken on night crawlers on the outside of the weed line.

6/6/2001 Lake Delavan, cloudy, 60 degrees, West winds at 5 mph.  water temp 59 degrees.  Went in pursuit of crappies, pre-fishing for a guide party on Friday.   Started off on Willow Point, fishing anywhere from 5 to 15 feet of water, only caught one small bass.  Moved by Browns Channel, fished from 6-10 feet of water, the best depths was 8-10 feet.  We caught 25 nice crappies, and let them all go.   The bait was a small jig and purple plastic twister tail.  Basically casting out and slowly working it back to the boat.  Fished about 2 hours

6/3/2001 Lake Geneva, cloudy, 50 degrees, winds 5 mph from the North, water temp 59 degrees.  Caught 6 small mouth, 4 large mouth and about 30 rock bass.  The best spot was by Cedar Point in 11-12 feet of water.  All the bass were caught in the first hour of the guide trip.  I worked the rest of the time trying to find active fish, however we caught only one after 7:30 am.  Used nightcrawlers and the single split shot rig.

6/2/2001  Lake Geneva, cloudy and rainy, air temp 40 degrees, winds NW 15-20 mph, water temp 59 degrees.  Fished a couple of hours caught 3 largemouth all legal in front of Linn Pier boat launch.  Caught 7 small mouth by Cedar Point, used nightcrawlers and a single split shot rig.  Best depth was 11-12 feet.  Caught a boat load of rock bass also.

5/30/2001  Lake Delavan, cloudy with scattered showers, wind N 10-15 mph, water temp 60 degrees.  Caught 40 nice bluegills on helgramites near Lake Lawn.  Tried several main lake spots for crappies, however the bite was tough.  The bluegills were still in shallow spawning on some of my North shore spots however boats were already fishing there.  I tried for walleyes for about 15 minutes.  It wasn't happening so I stuck with the bluegills.

5/27/2001  Lake Geneva, sunny 60 degrees, wind calm to 5 mph out of the NW, water temp 59 degrees.  Caught 8 small mouth bass all legals, 2 large mouth bass and approximately 45 rock bass and about 9 blue gills.  Caught a couple small mouth bass by Rainbow Point in 8 feet of water using a night crawler on a single split shot rig.   Moved to Belvidere Park caught one nice one in 10 feet of water, moved to Knollwood between 10 and 12  feet of water and caught 4, moved to Elgin Club caught one really nice 19 1/2 inch fish in 14 feet of water.  The small mouth bass seemed to still be spawning.

5/26/2001 Lake Geneva, Cloudy 45 degrees, wind NW at 15 mph.  water temp 59 degrees.  Caught 8 legal large mouth and about 50 rock bass as well as a large crappie.  Started at Elgin Club with very little success and moved to Coleman's Point where we caught 1 large mouth in 12 feet of water on a split shot rig and night crawler.   Fished Geneva Bay from 10 feet of water to 14 feet of water, caught several large mouth there.  The best spot I fished to close the guide party was in front of Knollwood.  It seemed like the fish were very concentrated in the 12 foot range.   The small mouth bass were being caught in 5-6 feet of water here also.

5/19/2001 Lake Geneva, sunny 75 degrees, wind NE at 5 mph, water temp 61 degrees.   Caught 7 small mouth and approx. 30 rock bass.  The best spot was from Elgin Club to Knollwood, fishing 11-12 feet of water.  Used nightcrawlers, single hook and split shot.  Caught a few fish by the Academy, but they were small.

5/17/2001  Lake Delavan,  partly cloudy, air temp 85 degrees, water temp 70, winds North at 5 mph.  Fished in the afternoon, caught 15 crappies on a purple plastic worm.  Slimy water made it hard to fish the 10-15 foot weed line for bass.   the crappies were suspended over 12 feet of water could have caught more shallow.

5/16/2001  Lake Delavan, sunny 80 degrees, water temp 66, winds light-calm.   Fished the afternoon all over the lake.  7 small mouths, 8 largemouth, 2 walleyes, 1 northern, 10 bluegills, 70 crappies.  We caught fish in every spot we tried.  Best depth was 10-12 feet of water.  Nightcrawlers were the best bait fished on a split shot rig.  Walleyes were 14 and 15 inches from the same water depth.  Crappies were caught near Browns Channel in 8 feet of water on purple tiny worm casted out and slowly worked back.  It was a fish on every cast.

5/14/2001 Lake Delavan, sunny 75 degrees, water temp 63 winds SW 15 mph.  Fished the afternoon in Lake Lawn Harbor.  4 Notherns all were small, 4 largemouth, 1 walleye 15 inches, 10 bluegills and 7 crappies.  Caught the game fish on beetle spins, chartreuse blade with white twister tails.  Crappies came on minnows and small bobber.  Bluegills on leaf worms fished in 3-4 feet of water.

5/13/2001 Lake Delavan, Sunny 70 degrees, winds out of the West at 5 mph.  Water temp 61 degrees. Fished with my wife for about 1 1/2 hours.  Caught 5 crappies off of north shore pier in 6-8 feet of water and one Northern Pike.  Looked for some bluegills, however did not find them.  Basically out for a boat ride, as my wife had never been in the new boat.

5/12/2001  Lake Delavan, Sunny 50 degrees, wind out of the north east at 10 mph.   Water temp 60 degrees.  Nine small mouth bass, 4 large mouth bass, 5 crappies and 2 bluegills.  Started in the morning by Lake Lawn Harbor without success, caught the crappies in 10 feet of water by Willow Point on shiner minnows.  The bass came on split shotting a live night crawler or fat head minnow near the break by the Oriental boat house.  One of the large mouths was approximately 4 1/2 pounds and one of the smallies was roughly 17 inches, 3 1/2 pounds.  Best depth seemed to be between 10 and 13 feet of water.

5/10/2001 Lake Como, Sunny 75 degrees, wind out of the west at 10 mph.  Water temp 69 degrees.  Fished in the evening for about 3 hours.  Landed 1 16" large mouth and 1 26" northern.  Bass came on a purple producto worm split shotted. Northern came on a Hart sniper spiner bait, golden shiner color.  Fished the east end of the lake in the reed beds.  Tried casting the shoreline cane without success.

5/6/2001 Lake Delavan,  Partly cloudy, 55 degrees, water temp 58 degrees.   Kept 40 crappies, fishing by Lake Lawn Harbor.  Fish came on little purple plastic worms and shiner minnows fished below a bobber. Fished in approximately 5 feet of water.

5/5/2001  Lake Como, Cloudy, 45 degrees, wind E 10-15 mph.  Water temp 57 degrees.  Fished for 3 hours on the east end of lake in the reed beds.  Landed only 1 16 inch largemouth and 1 northern pike 25 inches.  Conditions were cold and miserable.  Large mouth was caught split shotting a smoke colored grub.   Northern Pike came on a white spinner bait, fished in approximately 3 feet of water.

4/28/2001 Lake Delavan, Partly cloudy, 50 degrees, wind SE 10 mph.  Water temp 59 degrees.  Fished by the boat launch break wall, caught a few small bluegills and a rather large bullhead on leaf worms and wax worms.  Fished Lake Lawn Harbor and hammered keeper size crappie.  Kept 30 nice ones for a friend.  Released approximately 70 of them.  Best bait was small shiner minnow fished with a bobber.   We were fishing in 5-6 feet of water.

4/14/2001 Lake Delavan, Sunny, temp 55 degrees, winds NW 10-15 mph.  Water temp 50 degrees.  Fished Lake Lawn Harbor in the center.  Fished only one spot all day (3 hours).  Caught 55 blue gills, 45 keepers.  Most of the blue gills were caught on leaf worms fished with a bobber.  Wax worms fished on a green rat finke also took a few fish.  The crappies were almost non-existent.  We caught 2 or 3 total.  About 60 boats were on the water, it was very crowded.

4/13/2001 Lake Delavan, Sunny, temp 60 degrees, winds NW 10-15 mph.  Water temp 49 degrees.  Fished Lake Lawn Harbor 3-4 feet of water, caught 7 crappies, 2 blue gills, 1 30' northern and a 1 pound bull head.  Fishing was rather slow in the morning.   Fished approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Also fished inside the break wall in 4 feet of water with limited success.  Best bait: small minnows fished on a plain hook with a slip bobber.  Didn't see too many fish caught,  approximately 50-60 boats on the lake.

4/9/2001 Lake Delavan, Mostly cloudy 47 degrees, light winds.  Water temp 50 degrees.  Fished the Lake Lawn Harbor caught 15 nice crappies, 10-12 inches.   Used bobbers and small fat head minnows on a plain hook.  Fished the middle of the harbor with the most success.  Only had 2 hours to fish, could have caught more.

4/7/2001 Lake Delavan, Sunny 50 degrees, winds gusting to 40 mph.  Water temp 46 degrees.  Fished the outlet by the dam, by the condos, and by the channel under the bridge.  Did not get a bite.  The water temp and conditions were perfect.   Tried to fish Lake Lawn Harbor but the wind was too fierce.  Fished 2 1/2 hours.

1/20/2001 Private Pond, sunny 20 degrees, no wind.  Caught 50-60 3/4 pound bluegills, used orange rat finkes in 4-5 feet of water.  All the fish were caught on wax worms.

1/14/2001 Booth Lake, cloudy, temp 30 degrees, wind NW at 5-10 mph.  Caught 12 perch mostly all on wigglers fished on a plain hook.  Caught fish straight out from the boat launch.  Fishing was very slow and you had to make them bite.

1/13/2001 Booth Lake, cloudy, wind NW 5-10 mph, Temp 15-20 degrees.  Caught 15-20 perch all of them were keepers, used mostly chartreuse rat finkes with wax worms in 22-24 feet of water.  Location was straight out from boat launch.  The fish were not biting fast, so you really had to keep moving to find the active fish.

1/6/2001  Lake Elizabeth, sunny, wind NW at 10-12 mph.  Temp 12 degrees.   Fished the morning for crappies, used green/yellow marmuskia's tipped with wax worms.  Caught 20-25 fish, kept 5 crappies over 10 inches.  Fished northside of lake in 8 feet of water. Drilled many holes searching for active fish.  Best locations had flat weeds.

1/2/2001 Lake Elizabeth, sunny, wind SW at 5-10 mph.  Temp 10 degrees.   Fished the afternoon until dark.  Fished for crappies and bluegills in 6-8 feet of water.  3 of us kept approximately 30 fish.  Fished the northside of the lake.  Fished seemed to bite better towards evening.  Best bait was the lime green rat finkes.  Fished with wax worms. 

1/1/2001  Lake Elizabeth, cloudy, wind SW 5-10 mph.  Temp 15 degrees.   Fished the afternoon until dark.  Caught 50-60 bluegills and crappies.   Kept 15 fish,  but could have kept a limit.  Fished the north side of the lake in 6-8 feet of water.  The best bait was rat finkes and marmuskai's yellow and green seemed to be the best color. Fished the jigs tipped with wax worms.  The bite was constant.  Fished only one hole.

12/30/2000  Lake Como, cloudy/snow, wind NE 10-15 mph.  Temp 15-20 degrees.   Fished the morning, caught 9 Northerns, 3 legal,  Missed 3 other fish.   Fished in front of Mars Resort used large golden shiners.  The fish bit best from 10:30 - 12:00.  We had one flag before 10:00 am.

 

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