Since the opener I have been fishing lots of different SE Wisco lakes. I have seen more carp then bass this year on Delavan so it is time to look for some new opportunities.
We did okay numbers wise with 25 bass the first day and 45 the second. The size was way down though and most of my usual prespawn spots were devoid of fish even though water temps were prime.
On to some other lakes
Dinner with a great date
Followed up with a few delly bass
Back to some new waters
And another new lake
Hit 3 lakes this particular day and ended up on Delly for the last hour or so
Did a rare May trip to Geneva
Back to Delly for a family trip
A big thanks to Coyote who joined me on a few trips but also gave me great advice on new places to try when he was not with me. It's nice having a guy with 20 plus years experience fishing the area to call for input.
Tommy, it started about 4 or 5 years ao when they nuked the weeds. Weedlines that went out to 25 feet were now at 5 feet. That first year or two was some of the best fishing we have ever had because all the big fish were up shallow all year long. Those fish were either kept or eventually died off and the recruitment of younger fish has been awful because there is no place for them to go. The pike are all small now too and many of then have sores and look really sick. They also nuked the marina weeds which has turned a great prespawn and spawning area into a mud hole without near the number of fish. On the plus side the smallies are doing well and the panfish and walleyes are still decent. The other concern is the carp. 10 years ago we never saw any and now they are everywhere. Personally I don't think the lake is going to rebound any time soon. It still has some nice fish but the days of it being a truly special fishery are gone.
Nice report Matt! Recently took a trip out to Delly with the little Skeeter and man was it brutal! My buddy caught 1 fish and I didnt even have a single bite in about 5 hours. This is the first time ive ever skunked there! Depressing to say the least. Alot of guys I talked to also struggled for bass.. Not looking good.
Good stuff Matt, Sad to see the lake in decline . I really noticed it more than ever last year when the weights of the Bass were off for their size, tie into lack of decent Pike last year and hoping it was just a off year. Hoping the July and August we will find the big fish in spots they are always at. When i catch 5 Pike the other day and they are all under 20 inches .....the old days not one would be under 26 inches . Great job with the Girls , bet they had a blast.
Nice pics. The part about carp is how delevan got to be great. Many years ago, they drained the lake, cleaned out the rough fish, and refilled and restocked it, ergo, a great fishery. It may be reverting back to a carp slop again.
24 cans in a case, 24 hours in a day, you do the math