Lake trout bite remains steady on Big Green

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake trout, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish

What’s not: Musky, white bass

Guide’s Corner:

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

Lake trout are the best bite on Big Green Lake, but they’re somewhat hit and miss yet, according to Walker. 

“Some days they bite real good, some days they don’t,” he said. “Most of the time, you can find them biting.”

Walker noted the east end of Big Green Lake has been a good location for finding lake trout. He recommends using a cowbell and Sutton spoon rig. 

“Remember, the season ends at the end of September so you’ll have to catch them before then,” Walker said. 

The walleye bite has picked up a little bit in recent weeks. Walker recommends trolling on the edge of the deep water along with weedlines with a nightcrawler harness above the weeds, early in the morning or towards the evening. 

He noted smallmouth bass should be biting over the rocks. Walker recommends using nightcrawlers as bait. 

In addition, panfish fishing has picked up on the edge of the weeds in front of Dartford Bay. 

Northern pike also are biting on live chubs and suckers in 25- to 50-foot water. 

Walker hasn’t seen many anglers looking for musky, but he says they should be catchable in the early morning or in the late afternoon. 

He expects northern pike and walleye fishing to get better as the seasons change and the water cools. 

“Fall fishing is going to pick up,” Walker said.

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

THE GORDON STELTER group of Oconomowoc caught 14 lake trout last month with Mike Norton. Submitted photo

Norton continues to catch lake trout on Big Green Lake over the deep water, but he hasn’t seen many white bass lately. 

He’s been trolling with a cowbell Sutton spoon rig, dropping a line down about 60 feet. 

“We move around until we find fish, we’ve been finding them around Sandstone, out over the deep water,” Norton said.

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.

Panfish fishing has stayed strong on Little Green Lake, according to Schulz. He noted crappies have been the best bite. 

Anglers have had success in the middle of the lake, using minnows as bait. He noted the bluegill bite has been a bit slower than the crappie bite. 

Bluegill have been found along the shallow water. Schulz recommends using waxworms or redworms. He expects musky fishing to pick up in the coming weeks as the weather changes and the lake cools. 

“Usually, they don’t fish musky when the water temperature is over 80 degrees, but it’s dropping down now, so [musky] fishing should start picking up,” he said.

Anglers also have had success catching largemouth bass under the piers, using plastic baits, Schulz noted. 

He added that walleye and perch fishing both remain slow.

Fun Fish Joke: 

Why did the fish get bad grades?

Because it was below sea level.


Fun Fish Fact:

Some flatfish use camouflage to hide themselves on the ocean floor.