Northern pike is one of best bites on Big Green Lake

EVAN, left, AND Cole Zinn of Lockport, Ill., show off their catch while fishing in Big Green Lake is the Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Judy Benigno.

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Northern pike, smallmouth bass, bluegill

What’s not: White bass

Guide’s Corner:

Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611

Northern pike have been one of the better bites on Big Green Lake, while the lake trout bite has slowed a little bit, according to Walker. 

He noted northern pike have been biting on live chubs and suckers in 20- to 40-foot water and along the weed edges.

Meanwhile, Walker described the lake trout bite as “a little bit slow,” noting some can be found suspended in the deep water, down around 50 to 60 feet.

“They’ve moved out of that pattern a little bit,” he said. “There’s still some fish there, [but] it’s a little bit tougher to catch them right now.” 

Walker added the best time to catch lake trout is typically early in the morning “and then on and off” the rest of the day.

Additionally, smallmouth bass can be caught over the rocks in about 8- to 20-foot water, using leeches or hellgrammites as bait. 

Bluegill action also has picked up near the old fish cribs by Sandstone Avenue and along the weed edge. Walker noted the bluegill being caught right now are “still pretty small.” He recommends using a slip bobber with worms and nightcrawlers as bait.

The white bass and walleye bite have both been slow, but Walker expects walleye fishing to pick up in the coming weeks as the water cools down.

Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures,, 920-295-3617

According to Norton, lake trout fishing has remained steady on Big Green Lake as the fish can be found about 50- to 70-feet down and on the bottom of the lake.

He’s had success catching lake trout when trolling over the deep water using a Sutton spoon rig.

“Lake trout fishing is good,” he said. “We had a guy from Mongolia get a 15-pounder.” 

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Crappies, bluegill, musky, bass

What’s not: Walleye, perch

Guide’s Corner:

Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.

According to Schulz, the panfish bite has picked up on Little Green Lake in recent weeks, specifically bluegill and crappies. 

The best place to catch panfish is out in the middle of the lake. Schulz recommends using minnows as bait. 

“They’re getting some pretty nice size crappies out there now,” he said. 

The walleye bite has remained slow in recent weeks. 

“They’re still getting a few, but it’s a little slow,” Schulz said.

At the same time, he noted bass fishing has been “OK.” Schulz says anglers have had success using plastic worms under the piers.

Musky have remained a consistent bite, as they’ve been spotted under the piers in shallow water. 

Meanwhile, perch fishing has remained slow. For anglers looking to test their luck, Schulz recommends using nightcrawlers out in the middle of the lake. 

Overall, “fishing is still pretty good for this time of year,” Schulz said. “We’re coming up on musky season in September.”

Fun Fish Joke: 

Where do fish keep their money?

In the riverbank.


Fun Fish Fact:

Most brands of lipstick contain fish scales.