8.11.2014

Pike and Bass on Wisconsin's Lake Delavan

If you ask anyone around here if they have ever heard of Lake Geneva in WI, most people would say yes. Ask them if they have heard of Lake Delavan and the number of yeses would go down. They are literally right next to each other but Geneva gets all the attention. Delavan is maybe only half the size of Geneva but every bit of fun - at least for a kayak fisherman like me. 

It's know for it bass fishing and has a very good population of pike - that was the target today. Bass or fish with big teeth...hmmm...I'm going teeth with a side of bassy bi-catches.

We were on the water by 4:30am and the sun was still well below the horizon. I could have easily gotten started later but I did not want to miss prime time top water action. We fished the channel for a little bit but wasn't seeing any action so we made our way to the main lake. Once on the main lake, we noticed a nice section of large rocks that protected a small harbor. This is where we started the fun!

Before you knew it, it was fish on time. Buzz baits, jitterbugs, wake baits - all producing blow ups. I started off with a small bass that wasn't worth a picture. Then Woz landed a nice 31" pike. I hooked a pike on a wake bait. When I went to land it with the net, the front treble hook got snagged on the netting and i couldn't get the actual fish in there. After a few seconds of trying, fish off. That was the first heartbreak of the day and cost me 15 points for kayak wars.  

The second was when I hooked up with a really nice bass on a chatterbait. Pulled him through all the weeds and right next to the boat. Tried to get a thumb in it's mouth and that was all she wrote. So long fish - that was 10 kayak wars point down the drain. 

After that, I got my stuff together and started landing these fish! When all the smoke cleared, I ended up with 2 pike in the boat and about a dozen bass. The numbers were there but the size wasn't. The pattern seemed to be pretty common. Everything came off of a dock post or right after whatever lure I was throwing ripped through a weed. If I wasn't ripping through weeds or banging a post - I got nothing. Naturally, it didn't take me too long to put that all together so that was my strategy throughout the day. 

I suspect that if I had focused slightly deeper and targeted some of the suspended fish with jerk baits, I might have picked up some larger pike and bass. I was having too much with the shallow stuff though so I never really bothered. 

Here's some fish porn to conclude today's post












12 comments:

  1. That is one awesome kayak rigged to the max---thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks, Bill! More mods in the future ;)

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  2. Whoa? There appears to be a lip holding device in a couple of those pictures. Explain Mr. !

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    1. Lol. You do know I'm sponsored by a grip manufacturer? Lucidfishing.com

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  3. I grew up spending my summer vacations on Lake Delavan at Assembly Park. What a great place and happy memories.

    You caught some nice fish!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Love that Delavan gets a fraction of the boat traffic that Geneva gets!

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  4. I fished Lake Geneva once in my life for panfish many years ago. Non-stop action and a boatload of fish led to a wonderful fish fry afterwards.

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    1. You shoulda been here! Perch were everywhere!!! I just had no interest in catching them. lol

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  5. Looks like an awesome time and those are some nice fish. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Definitely had a good/productive time out there. There are some much much bigger bass and fatter pike in there for future trips!

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  6. Great outing, man! Ever since I got my kayak, I've been wondering about this lake. I usually only see the posts on WCF that Coyote writes up, and now that I see you're fishing it from your kayak...I want to fish there!!!

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    1. DO IT!!! Totally worth it and you can pretty much just fish the north end of the lake and catch fish so you won't have to paddle the entire thing.

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