Lake Geneva musky guide Jon Winsor will be the guest at our September 17 meeting

The Libertyville Fishing Club is proud to be hosting top musky guide Jon Winsor of Toothy Critters Guide Service at our September 17 meeting to be held at the Libertyville Township Center, 359 Merrill Ct. in Libertyville. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

Lake Geneva is now classified as an A1 musky fishery by the Wisconsin DNR. The lake has been stocked with musky starting in 2010. Due to the plentiful cisco and panfish population in Lake Geneva, the musky growth rate has far exceeded expectations. While we stress catch and release, the minimum size limit has been raised to 50 inches. We expect to learn a lot from Jon and all are invited.

August 24, 2019 - Silver Lake

The Libertyville Fishing Club held its 15th outing for 2019 at Silver Lake on 8/24/19. Eleven members fished the outing. It was a calm, quiet morning and started with another beautiful sunrise. Although it started out calm, the wind picked up considerably by mid morning, making boat control difficult.

The bite was on immediately, and most boats caught lots of fish, but very few were big enough to score points. Both plastics and live minnows caught bass. Gregg Stockey and Yo Ying Chen both caught 16.5-inchers, but Carl Dilberg caught a 20" beauty.

The big fish contest species for this outing was muskie/northern, and many of us spent time targeting them. There were several stories at lunch of big pike that followed a bait to the boat or bit through someone’s line. Although several small pike were caught, nobody caught one big enough for points. Bass was backup for big fish, so Carl Dilberg won.

Overall 12 largemouth, 2 bluegill, and 1 rock bass large enough for points were caught for a total of 68 points. Congratulations to Carl for big fish and to Yo Ying who led everyone with 16 points!

August 10, 2019 - Pleasant Lake

The Libertyville Fishing Club held its 14th outing for 2019 at Pleasant Lake on 8/10/19. Nine members fished the outing in beautiful weather.

Nail worms, wacky rigs, and jigs tipped with various plastics took over a hundred largemouth bass, but they were mostly in the 12 inch range. We caught 16 bass that scored the minimum of 13 inches, with Ward Aldritch and Dave Busscher splitting big fish honors with 14 inchers. We also caught two walleye and one crappie for a total of 91 points..

We saw minnows in the lake, but weeds were very short with no moss on the bottom. The lake is crystal clear and may be infertile. For whatever reason, the bass population seems to be stunted.

Fishing very deep (20 fow) and letting your lure slowly hop the clean bottom was a very productive method, though some boats caught fish in shallower water. The little bass seemed to be everywhere. What they lacked in size they more than made up for with action, and a great time was had by all.

The fish were so small it turns out nobody took any pictures of them! But Gregg Stockey took a few pictures of the beautiful sunrise we were treated to while launching the boats.

The fish were so small it turns out nobody took any pictures of them! But Gregg Stockey took a few pictures of the beautiful sunrise we were treated to while launching the boats.

July 27, 2019 - Lake Geneva

The Libertyville Fishing Club held its 13th outing for 2019 at Lake Geneva on July 27. Ten members and one guest fished the outing. The weather was overcast and very windy, but fishable.

Nail worms and wacky rigs took bass, while live bait took panfish. The key was depth—you had to stay in the 10-14 FOW range for the best action. The big fish species was smallmouth, and Jason Cashmore caught a 15-incher to take the big fish prize. One smallmouth, 13 largemouth, 14 bluegills, 15 rock bass, and 2 perch of scoreable size were caught for a total of 101 points. Many smaller panfish were caught also, as well as several short northerns.

Lake Geneva is becoming known for its muskies. Jeff Sannes and his guest threw musky baits all morning all over the lake but didn't raise a fish. A number of other boats were observed chucking for muskies as well. We have Jon Winsor (one of the top Lake Geneva musky guides) scheduled to speak at the September 17 meeting to give us tips for our Lake Geneva outing on October 5.

We have had more productive outings at Geneva, but this is dog days fishing, and a great time was had by all.

Member Mike Tarnow with a Lake Geneva largemouth.

Member Mike Tarnow with a Lake Geneva largemouth.

Member Jason Cashmore with a Lake Geneva smallmouth bass.

Member Jason Cashmore with a Lake Geneva smallmouth bass.

Member Jeff Haug with a Lake Geneva largemouth bass.

Member Jeff Haug with a Lake Geneva largemouth bass.

Member Dave Busscher with a Lake Geneva largemouth bass.

Member Dave Busscher with a Lake Geneva largemouth bass.