7-03-04 - All-Nighter on Lake Geneva, Part II
Waters Fished: Lake Geneva
Fish Caught: Numerous
Outing Date: 7-03-04
Weather: Cool and breezy
Air Temp: low 60's, maybe to 65 by 8 AM
Water Temp: didn't take it
Water Level: normal
Water Color: clear, visibility probably 15' or so.
Fish Species: Perch, Bluegill,Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Black
Crappie, Sunfish, Walleye
Pattern Fished: Flying Bunny, trolling with Lindy Rigged Nightcrawlers
Pattern Color: white, white and red, chartreuse and purple etc..
Fishing Quality: Great with Bait!
If, by some reason, you're reading this and haven't
read yesterday's report, well, this is
PART II...a new day while fishin 12 hours straight overnight on
Lake Geneva. ONE excursion covering TWO days...how else am I gonna
beat 130 days for the year?
So midnight came and went....Shortly after FAT's
smallmouth I picked up my first "real" fish for the evening...a
sharp tug, not the usual quick fight and give up of a rock bass.
But it DID skid across the surface like a Rambo. Got it into the
boat and what a sight to behold...a stunning slab crappie.
I think around 12:30 or so we found ourselves back
on the West side of Williams bay, coming around the point (and getting
blown into it). In a sheltered cove behind the point we saw several
boats all lit up fishin...we made one superfast pass over a hump
and were back in deep water.
We came up and slowly made our way around this
cove...the guys fishin' here were in deep water but big fish were
being marked. We tried goin' deep but nothing except "eelgrass"
showed up on the end of our lines. Turned around, passed back, chatted
a bit. Basically, at this point I figured we only need a walleye
to complete a slam. Well, if we REALLY wanted to get technical we
also needed a Burbot, Carp, Channel Cat, Bullhead, Lake Trout, Brown
Trout, Cisco, Green Sunfish etc...
Walleye were supposed to be good on the "flats"...over
by the "narrows". Ok, I admit I watch the Lake Geneva
Reports on Lake Link but I don't think either Rich or myself are
THAT experienced on it. Lookin' at the GPS topographic map it made
We cut across the lake and got back to fishin...the
flats are well, flat, and this evening were FULL of DINK rock bass.
Maybe those anglers have Rock Bass and Walleye confused 'cause we
never got our walleye. However, at one point we drifted off the
flats (Capt. FAT was um, somehow not paying attention). So it's
probably 3:45 AM when I get another sharp tug and bring up the second
I didn't think too much about it right at that
moment, but basically we took both crappie when I was fishin for
25 feet of water, yet we had actually pulled out into 30-40 feet.
Coming across that drop with the Lindy Rig off the bottom is what
got the crappie. Good to know for next time (of course if we really
want crappie we should just park at one of those drops and jig or
The remainder of the evening was Rock Bass Rock
Bass Rock Bass. I'm sure, without a doubt, we boated well over 100
ranging from 6-10". Overall I'd say compared to last year they
were running smaller.
Morning broke, we rounded the bend back into Wiliams
Bay on the East Shore, and we broke out the fly rods! All morning,
more casting, sinking, strippin' and NOTHING! Well, I DID get a
6" perch on the fly...go figure.
As the sun came up the activity picked up for a
bit on the surface. Poppers didn't do anything for FAT. I got some
follows by some big panfish. At one point we literally drifted over
a smallmouth sitting in the shallows....I saw him chasin' my flyin'
bunny through the water but he never took it!
8:00 AM, 12 hours later, we're all fried, the boys
are up (and REALLY annoying) and we call it a day (first jet ski
rule). Fat had me put those two crappie in the livewell....I thought
he wanted them but turns out that he thought I wanted them. Well,
since then we've both eaten them and I now know that they are 100%
more succulent than any trout I've had.
I went HOME to go to BED!