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Delavan is finally starting to see some safer ice. For a few weeks the channel was mostly ice free and no one was heading out. A few reports are starting to filter in now, mostly sporadic panfish. I believe it will be a good open water year for most species, because Delavan never had safe ice throught the whole lake this year so pressure was minimal. If you decide to head out, remember to treat it again like first ice and bring along the spud bar and buddy. The long range forecast looks like it should be making ice so if you are a diehard, there should be a few weeks left of ice fishing on limited spots on the lake.

The ice fishing on Geneva has had an even shorter season this year. In fact, it was the open water fishing that made most of the headlines. The WI Inland Rainbow Trout record was broken by a shore fisherman a few weeks ago. John Trossen from the pier has been doing guided trips all through the winter and has been catching some monster walleyes and pike on a regular basis. Lots of people are going out and trying to figure out John's secret, but my recomendation would be to hire him out if you want to get into some serious fish. A friend and I are planning on booking him for at least one trip this year. Getting a quality guide certainly lessens the learning curve on a big body of water such as Geneva. As far as the ice goes; it was recently reported that Williams Bay had skimmed over, however the Fontana launch was still open, but maybe not for long. There will have to be some seriously cold nightime lows for any kind of safe ice fishing on Geneva for the remainder of the season.

Hope this report helped anyone who was thinking of venturing North :D

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Reports are starting to come in strong from Geneva Bay. Lots of small gills and nice pumpkinseeds along w/ some big crappie. Small pike are going on tip-ups and smaller perch are being caught in the deeper water. Get out there while you can :p
 

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Thanks for the report, Matt. How much of Geneva is safe ice and how much is open water?
 

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JasonN said:
Thanks for the report, Matt. How much of Geneva is safe ice and how much is open water?
Geneva Bay and Trinkies are about the only place people are venturing out to. Most other places are either open or have unsafe ice.
 

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There are still lots of reports coming from Geneva Bay. Most reports are saying there is about 9'' there. With the warmer weather coming next week, Geneva may be the only decent ice out there for awhile.
 

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Delavan update

The channel is open and a few boats have been going out. There is still some ice in the bays. The docks should be going in shortly. You can't fish for gamefish until the first Saturday in May, but Delavan is popular for ice out crappies and gills in April.

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