Welcome Lake-Link Jamboree 2012By Dave Duwe - January 1, 2012
In early February, northern pike action will be on the weed flats or on the first break of the weedline. The best depth is 6-12 feet of water. They key locations are by the outlet by North Shore Drive, the west end near the island, or in front of Lake Lawn Lodge Resort; provided there is still green weeds present.
Bluegills in February are almost exclusively a shallow water, weed flat bite. The west end in the Highland or Viewcrest Bays are almost always a sure bet. You will be fishing in 3-5 ft of water, perfectly suited for long pole fishing and hole hopping. Wax worms and spikes are the baits of choice. Small purple or red plastics seem to catch fewer fish , however, they tend to be larger gills. The key to fishing the shallow weeds is finding areas with pockets of weeds. Once I have figured out the most productive holes, I will make a "milk run" fishing a hole for only 3 or 4 minutes and then moving to the next. Favorite jigs are #14 Lindy Genz Bugs in black, chartreuse or purple. Keep moving for the most success.
Midwinter crappies vacate the shallows and school outside the weed beds or suspend in the main lake basin. Key locations on Delavan are again the west end in 10-12 ft of water or the main lake basin near Willow Point or the Yacht Club. Schools of crappies move a lot while trying to stay with their food source. The best bait on Delavan is minnows, you can catch crappies on wax worms but it isn't as productive. I like to fish the minnows on a small treble hook and Thill bobber, this will help catch the crappies which hit upward. An upward biting crappie will make the bobber lay flat instead of getting pulled down like normal. Like most lakes, Delavan is no exception; the best bite is first light or dusk.
Walleyes on Delavan Lake can be difficult to catch. My best success has come off the weedline by Assembly Park or by the Village Supper Club. The pattern I choose to use is a jigging Rapala in black / chrome or blue/ chrome. Work the weedline in 15-20 ft of water. I like a stiff rod and 6 lb Silver Thread monofilament. Work the jigging Rapala from 3 inches to 1 ft hops, then a 3 to 4 secnd pause. A Vexilar is important here too to determine where the fish are in the water column. Like crappies, Walleye bite best at first light or dusk. Make sure you keep mobile to find the active fish.
There are two really nice bait shops in the area; Lakeside Bait and Tackle or Geneva Lake Bait and Tackle. Lakeside is right across Highway 50 from Delavan Lakes Public boat launch. Geneva Lake Bait and Tackle is south of Highway 50 on Highway 67 near Williams Bay.
If weather cooperates, fun should be had by all. I will be around most of the weekend at Lake Lawn Lodge, when I am not fishing! Stop by and say "Hi" perhaps we can tell fish stories over a cold one!
As always, Be safe on the ice.