Delavan Lake, Walworth County

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5/2/16 @ 8:01 PM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE (23%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
ON at 8:30, off at 4:30. Stayed 2 hours longer than I should have. But the lake was warming up and I knew they would turn on when it hit 55. It did and the crappies started to bite. Nice 10 and 11s. Kept enough for a meal. I wish I could start at 3. But than I would have to drive home in the dark. Wont work with my eyes. Every where we went today we caught a fish. But it would be one here and 2 there and move again. I think on Wednesday, Dumb and Dumber are going to have a great day. Not like today. Broke my line 3 times. Broke off a rod tip. The Guy up front was good at pulling up the anchor. But at his size it is hard to get the boat up on plane. All on plastics. Only Bass on the minnows. Best of luck to all. Smile Smile Smile Smile

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4/27/16 @ 7:44 PM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F
Wow what a tough spring. Yesterday not a boat launched. Today only Dumb and Dumber put in. We got beat up again by a guy on a pier. He is getting nice crappies. Ten fish for every one we got. Again I could not match the color or pattern. Gave up and went and fished for gills. Could not put a minnow on a hook with out catching a small bass. After 25 bass I gave up and pounded for sun fish and gills. Kept a dozen nice gills,sun fish and crappies. But we had to catch 10 or more to get 1 keeper. I was glad it started to rain or we would still be out there. As always, pounded back through the raging surf. Dumb laughing and Dumber hanging on for dear life. I am done for the week. Best of luck to all. Smile Smile Smile

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4/26/16 @ 11:46 AM
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fishs
fishs
MEMBER since 2/17/04

MOON PHASE (82%)
Waning Gibbous
I was out Sunday but did very little fishing. The slime in the bays was getting real bad. Made many areas unfishable. The channel on the north side of the island was so full of surface scum it to was mostly unfishable and the water stunk. There were signs posted that they sprayed weeds recently. The area by the condos west of Lake Lawn was mostly void of fish. May have been because of weed spraying. Lake Lawn bay was so full of slime I can't imagine gettin a lure through there. I did not spend any time looking or fishing the main lake. This slime/scum seems to get worse every year. Water temps were in the low 60s in the channel and shallow bays. Good luck!

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4/25/16 @ 5:17 PM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous
I should have stayed on the rivers. Lots and lots of fish every where. On at 8:30, off at 2:30. They were not giving it up today. Main lake 56, all over. 60 in the shallow water. They are spraying weeds all ready. The green slime is on every weed in the lake. Gets worse every year. Put a dozen gills and crappies in the boat, but all small. Except for one 12 inch crappie that was a real heavy fish. Had fresh meat in the boat today. He kind of reminds me of when people ask me. Hows your wife? I answer, better than nothing. Fish were on every shore line. Under the docks. Under the boats. But would not give it up. I had one black cloud that followed me all the way home. Rain and hail till I pulled into the driveway. It was a warm rain and when it stopped. We had a bug hatch. I have no idea what it is going to take to turn the fish on. Maybe a little YAYA YAYA will help. Four corners. Buggs bunny on one corner. Two city workers sweating like mad, working real hard on the next corner. Snow White on the next corner. A Polish guy on the last corner. A bag of money falls in the middle of the them. Who gets the money and why. Best of luck to all.. Smile Smile Smile

Edited on 4/25/16 5:42 PM
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4/25/16 @ 11:08 AM
The fishermen #1
The fishermen #1
USER since 7/8/12
Counting down the days until May 7th. Can't wait to go find some big delavan bass. Big Smile

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4/23/16 @ 12:04 PM
Perchslayer1645
Perchslayer1645
USER since 1/22/16
Russell I 100% agree. Nothing is gonna stop people from doing illegal stuff. Just the way it is

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4/23/16 @ 11:04 AM
RUSSELL
RUSSELL
USER since 3/4/02
Catch and release out of season would never work in Wisconsin! Presently no one follows the rules I see bass caught all the time out of season.DNR does not have enough man power to cover all the lakes..The only ones are the big lakes,even then it's hard to patrol all the water. I even witnessed undersize fish in season being taken especialy at night! Wisconain's answer seems to be keep stocking!

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4/22/16 @ 8:12 AM
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Moose55
Moose55
USER since 5/30/04

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Hit the lake last weekend with the family. Targeted bluegills and crappies. We caught a bunch of fish that we could have kept, but we tossed the majority of them back into the lake. Did keep a few to clean-up for my 82 year old father. My son caught a bunch of fish at 9.5" and he kept one to cook for grandpa. We need to work on how he holds the fish and the relationship of the elbow in the picture.

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4/19/16 @ 3:36 PM
Jonnyc
Jonnyc
USER since 1/17/11
I don't condone people targeting game fish when's it's illegal at all!! And if caught they should be ticketed. However I think Wisconsin should follow Michigan and let you target these fish catch and release only until opening day. And even go a step further and not allow to fish for bedded fish even though that would be very hard for them to police. I focus all my attention on walleyes and trout on the Great Lakes until May but it would be nice to target bass early. Just a thought I could be wrong I know you pan fisherman like peace and quiet without us for a month or so!! Lol. Good fishing everyone!!

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4/19/16 @ 2:03 PM
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HERO547
HERO547
USER since 8/22/08

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous
I was out yesterday morning. It was very slow. I caught a few gills and a walleye. The gentleman I was with did not really want to fish pan fish. He was more interested in learning the lake for game fish. So to be sociable I spent the next 3 hours making a tour of the lake. I get a lot of people that ask me to guide. But I tell them all, I am not interested in doing that. Then they ask, which guide should they hire. I tell them it depends on what you want to fish for and how you want to fish for them. All the guides can put you on pan fish and game fish soaking chubs and throwing rubber worms. But if your a purist and want to fish big bass and pike with IRON. I don't know if he is still guiding. But Greg Small from Let's go fishing, is the only guy that ever impressed me throwing IRON.847-639-8577 847-902-6194 When it comes to Walleyes. Not only on Delavan, but in a lot of other places. Doug Ide is the guy I want to go with. 262-993-7729 This does not mean you will not end up with a boat ride. But if there is fish to be caught. These two guys are going get fair share. Best of luck to all. Smile Smile

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4/19/16 @ 9:28 AM
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SkiLLz4GiLLz
SkiLLz4GiLLz
USER since 2/4/09

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous
Fished yesterday in the harbor, kept 4 nice crappie and a huge bullhead, crappie minnow and slip bobber. Also caught a nice sunburn. Water temp was around 63°F in harbor.

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4/18/16 @ 3:49 PM
luckygin2
luckygin2
USER since 2/16/10
Does the boat launch really need 4 attendants?!!! The least they could do is give you a ride back to the dock in the golf cart for $11.75 after they show you where to park! As if we can't figure this out for ourselves! What a joke! what happened to dropping an envelope in a locked box? Sure would bring the price down!

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4/18/16 @ 10:52 AM
coldcrappiekiller
coldcrappiekiller
USER since 4/25/10
Numerous occasions Ive seen people keeping bass on delavan people dont know the size or possession limits or just dont care. Way too many people for the Dnr to watch

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4/18/16 @ 10:27 AM
Dr. of Fishingology
Dr. of Fishingology
USER since 10/15/09
Some folks just don't think the rules apply to them. That is why I avoid Delavan and Geneva all together. Leave the Osteichthyes (bony fish) alone while they are pro-creating. In addition, I find it very frustrating when bass are being pulled off beds during bass tournaments. It being ok to pull pro-creating bass male or female off the nest and back to the pier for weigh in just because $ is involved? One cannot have it both ways. Geneva has old $ invested in beachfront community. I wonder how many of the out of state anglers live in the beachfront community? All one can do is educate anglers politely and/or call law enforcement.

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4/17/16 @ 7:04 PM
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limitout69
limitout69
USER since 7/24/10

MOON PHASE (83%)
Waxing Gibbous
Water Temp. 56 North 59 South. Caught 4 keeper Crappie & lost a couple at the boat. Caught 1 nice bass while fishing for Crappie, of course it went back. Now for my disgust of people following the rules. Seen quite a lot people targeting bass, walleye, northern. I even had a guy ask me what the size limit was for the walleye. I seen people even trolling today. People are so ingnorant of the rules. DNR needs to go out plain clothes & start writing these guy's citations. Game fish does not open till May 7th!!!!

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