Weston Hannan, 9, of Sun Prairie, Wis., displays an 8- and 10-pound lake trout that he caught. submitted photo
by Joe Schulz
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Lake trout, smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike
What’s not: Walleye, panfish
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
Lake trout are biting on a cowbell/spoon rig and can be found in 75- to 125-foot water. Walker is also finding lake trout suspended in deep water, 50 to 75 feet down.
Anglers can find smallmouth bass along the rocky shoreline. Walker recommends using nightcrawlers and leeches as bait.
Northern pike can be caught in 25- to 40-foot water with suckers and chubs as bait.
“They’ve been catching some nice northern,” Walker said.
He hasn’t heard much about the panfish bite. However, he noted this time of year, panfish can generally be found along the weeds. Walker recommends using a bobber and nightcrawler, especially for bluegill.
The occasional white bass can be found when trolling over the deep water. Walker recommends using spoons, crankbaits and spinners.
He added the walleye bite has been pretty slow, but should pick up “pretty quick here.” For walleye, he recommends using a nightcrawler harness in 25- to 40- foot water during the evening or early morning.
Joel Baranowski, North Bay Sport and Liquor, 920-294-6462
In his most recent fishing report on Facebook, Baranowski noted that northern pike can be caught in 12- to 30-foot water with chubs and suckers.
He added walleye can be caught in the weeds in 15- to 30- foot water, using leeches, crawlers, small chubs and suckers.
“Watch out for muskies, they are very active behind the pike,” he wrote. “Throw big baits for muskies on any of the points or weed beds.”
Baranowski also penned that smallmouth bass were active around piers in about 20 feet of water. He recommended using live baits such as nightcrawlers, leeches and hellgrammites.
“Catch them early and late, [they are a] top-water bite,” Baranowski wrote. “Spinner, and crank baits all work to catch smallmouth.”
He added white bass can be caught over open water anywhere from surface to 20 feet down, using a spinner and a minnow.
Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617
Norton has been catching lake trout in 80 to 140 feet of water, using a cowbell Sutton spoon rig. He’s been catching between four to eight lake trout and about two white bass per trip.
Last week, he caught a 14-inch rainbow trout, which he says is “rare.”
“We stocked 50,000 of them and we’ve caught one in the last three years,” he said of the rainbow trout.
He’s also seeing the occasional cisco, but is mostly catching lake trout.
“The lake trout fishing is still pretty good,” Norton said.
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Bluegill, crappies, largemouth bass, walleye
What’s not: Musky
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
Schulz noted bluegill can be caught around the piers using nightcrawlers or wax worms, while crappies can be caught out in deep water using minnows.
Anglers have had luck catching walleye out in deeper water using leeches, and Largemouth bass can be caught around the piers using plastic worms, he added.
Fishermen are waiting for the water to cool down for musky.
“We’re waiting for a little bit cooler temperatures for that,” he said. “But it’s still pretty good fishing for this time of year.”
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