Fishing picking up as summer comes to close

Calvin Michael smiles as he shows off the 20-inch lake trout he caught while fishing Aug. 31 on Big Green Lake. The photo was submitted by Jessica Michael as part of the Green Laker Photo Contest.

by Hannah Tetzlaff

Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Lake trout
What’s not: Smallmouth bass and white bass

Guide’s Corner:
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
Fishing on Big Green Lake has improved as anglers swallow the final bites of the lake trout season.
“Things are changing a little bit,” Walker said. “The lake trout are starting to bite a little bit right now again. We’re going into the spawning mode; there are a lot of smaller fish, but we are starting to catch a few more.”
He added the lakers are moving into shallower water and may be caught using a Sutton Spoon right on the bottom in 100 to 130 feet of water.
Additional fish that are biting are bluegill and northern pike.
According to Walker, the bluegills are showing up along the edge of the weeds and are biting on a nightcrawler and bobber set-up.
Northern pike, on the other hand, may be caught slowly trolling in 20 to 35 feet with a large chub or sucker.
Though some fish are becoming more active, others still remain a challenge.
“Smallmouth bass have been a little bit tough,” Walker said. “There are not too many fish over the rocks; you have to fish by the edge of the weeds in deeper water.”
He suggests using nightcrawlers, hellgrammites, chubs and small minnows and perch, while trolling slowly by the weeds in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Walker added he has not seen any white bass, making it a difficult fish to catch.
“There are no white bass showing up; that’s been a real tough bite,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re down in numbers or what.”
Despite the white bass’ inactivity, Walker predicts lake trout fishing will continue to be good until the close of the season at the end of September.

Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www., 920- 295-3617.
Like Walker, Norton also has witnessed more bites from lake trout and is using silver Sutton Spoons and cowbells to catch them.
“The lake trout has actually picked up some,” Norton said, adding that anglers are still catching them in 100 to 140 feet of water, about 80 feet down and near bottom.
While trolling for lake trout, Norton also has caught some cisco as well.
“The cisco have schooled up but mostly they’re 80 feet and deeper, which makes it difficult to get them jigging,” he said. “It seems like they’re real spooky; if you jig for them, they scatter, but we’re catching a few on the lake trout lines.”
He noted that he hasn’t had any luck with the white bass as well, proving that white bass are the most difficult fish to catch this season.

Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Musky, bluegill and walleye
What’s not: Crappies and perch

Guide’s Corner:
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
As lake trout fishing picks up on Big Green, musky fishing improves on Little Green.
“Muskies have been real good,” Schulz said. “They’re catching muskies out in the shallows with top-water [lures] and out in the deep waters with crank-diving baits.”
He noted some anglers recently caught 15 musky in less than a week.
Similar to the musky, bluegill and walleye also are biting more.
“They’re catching a few bluegills out in a little bit deeper waters, using red worms and wax worms,” Schulz said. “Walleyes have been getting a little better; they’ve been getting walleyes in deep water, pulling crawler harnesses and minnow-type baits.”
According to Schulz, some fish such as the crappies and perch remain slow.
“Crappies have been slow all year and still slow,” he said. “… The perch should be getting better, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to. Typically, they should be biting right now.”
For the autumn, Schulz predicts musky fishing will continue to improve.
“The things that will be coming are the musky guys now; muskies on this lake are what most of the people in the fall fish for,” he said.

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