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Whats the word on the bass bite in the area? Hopefully i'll be able to make it up over the labor day weekend for some bass fishing. Im sure the water temps are pretty high, but i think they'll be starting to cool off by saturday and sunday, the forecast is calling for a big cool down by thursday and friday. How are the weeds looking. Still pretty green or do you have to do some searching for the green stuff. Any info is appreciated.


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I just checked out the weather :-(. It looks like really comfortable weather but very cool! You know what that means, SLOW FISHING. It's suppose to cool off into the upper 60's sometime on Wed/Thurs and fish usually don't start feeding again after such a big cold front like that until a couple of days later. Hopefully by Sunday/Monday it'll warm up enough to get the fish active again.

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I'm going to be on Lake Geneva all of labor day weekend searchin' for bass. I'm looking for reports and advice too. Never fished Geneva.

What's hot right now? Lures, colors, depths, structure, etc...? Any advice would be much appreciated.

KT, what lake(s) are you going to be fishing? Good Luck!

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Big Mike....Geneva is a great lake for bassn. there are some overhanging trees and docks worth checking along the east shoreline. try the deep edges of the point that come off the west shore (midway - 1/3 of the lake) also the edges of the 'boot' shaped flat on the north third of the lake. weeds are beginning to die back a bit, so look for anything green.

yep, weather is predicting a dramatic change for the weekend, but it may be a welcome relief from the heat stress of late. if there's some rain along the way, there are a couple inlet areas to try out if theres enough runoff. Not sure if you'll get into any bucketmouths with shoulders, but should be able to keep yourself busy for the weekend.

As for color, presentation, etc....carolina or texas rigged worms, brush-hogs are a good choices. try pumpkin or green flake. some guys have been going to black, motor-oil color worms too. Jig and pig in the same kinda colors. Give topwater a shot if conditions are right.

Good luck, and good fishing!

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Whew...the cold front isn't going to be as bad as expected. Plus it's now going to be mid-70's and sunny with a little bit of a warm up by Sunday and Monday. Can't complain about that!

Ghotier, thanks for all the info from this post in addition to the one I posted on Geneva a few weeks back. I had to push original plans to get up there back until this weekend, but i'm not complaining. Just as long as I get my line wet. Geneva sounds like a great bass lake and I look forward to hitting some of the spots you mentioned.

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