Located just north of the Illinois border, Lake Geneva attracts thousands of anglers each year. Considered one of the top fisheries in Wisconsin, the lake features both man made and natural structures including piers, cribs, ledges, shoals, and weeded flats. Populations of huge northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass dominate. Largemouth bass, brown trout, cisco, crappie, bluegill, perch, and pan fish also inhabit the lake, which reaches depths up to 135 feet. Nearly every fishing technique is possible. The spillway elevation reaches a height of 863 feet.
Locals report the best location for snagging smallmouth bass is around the sandgrasses that extend from the sandbars out to depths reaching 20 feet. Additional smallmouth bass hotspots include the southern shoreline between Fontana and Black Point, west of Conference Point, and the mouth of Geneva Bay. Recommended bait is crayfish-type crankbaits. The lake also has a great reputation for northern pike. Pike routinely feed on ciscoes inhabiting the bays during warm summer months. As a result of the lake's high oxygen level, lake trout stocking is extensive. This species is typically caught on shiny spoons when trolling. Walleye are regularly stocked and thrive in Lake Geneva. Anglers will find walleye lurking amid the dark drop-offs located west of Williams Bay near Cedar Point. Night fishing for walleye near the shallows is also popular. Minnows are the recommended bait.
The park does provide access during the winter months for those interested in ice fishing. Call the park in advance regarding winter camping conditions.
Directions from Lake Geneva, WI: Five boat launches are located around Lake Geneva within local municipalities. Two within Linn Township (southside), one at Fontana (west), one at Williams Bay (northwest), and one in Lake Geneva (northeast). All boat ramps are easily located along roads at water's edge.
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