Lake trout fishing heating up on Big Green

ALEX PHILLIPS OF Kohler, Wis., holds up one of the two smallmouth bass he caught while fishing with Joel Baranowski of North Bay Sport & Liquor.   submitted photo

by Laura Lyke
Green Lake Reporter

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake trout, white bass and cisco

What’s not: walleye

Guide’s Corner:

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

Now that the weather is fairly consistent, Mike Norton reported that not much has changed for Big Green Lake fishing in the last couple weeks.

“We’ve doing fairly good with the lake trout in the last few weeks,” he said. “We’re catching them in 80 to 120 feet of water and they’ve been biting quite a bit.”

When fishing for lake trout, Norton has been using Sutton spoons and simply putting the lines down where he spots trout.

“Also, up near the top 20 feet of water, we’re catching white bass,” Norton said. “When fishing for white bass, we’re using the deep sea diver with flasher and behind, a streamer.”

According to Norton, northern pike aren’t picking up quite yet in Big Green, however he has been finding success in catching the occasional cisco when fishing for lake trout.

“Otherwise I’ve been sticking to the shallower water lately,” Norton said. “Lots of fish are biting right now.”

Guide’s Corner:

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

Dennis Walker has been having similar success as Norton, especially with lake trout.

“They could arguably be the best bite right now,” Walker said. “Some days the lake trout are biting really good.”

When on the hunt for lake trout, Walker has been using a dodger and minnows suspended anywhere from 60 to 125 feet of water.

“White bass action is starting out in the deep water now,” the guide said. “I’ve been fishing for those with a dodger and spinner called a ‘deep sea diver.’”

Walker reported that he hasn’t had much luck with walleye lately, but has found success with shallow-water fishing.

“The hottest bite in the shallow water are northern,” Walker said. “We fish for those 30 to 40 feet down, trolling really slowly with suckers or shrubs.”

Smallmouth bass have been biting well in shallower water, as well, according to Walker.

“I’ve caught them anywhere from 10 to 25 feet down, right over the rocks, and on the edge of the weed line” he said. “Leeches and hellgrammites are the best bait. We like to hang right over the side of the boat with a slip bobber.”

Walker also has been catching a few pan fish along the weed lines and recommends using a slip bobber.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Bluegill, crappies, walleyes and muskies

What’s not: Perch

Guide’s Corner:

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

Little Green is biting hot, according to Todd Schulz.

“We’re still have a lot of luck with bluegill,” Schulz said. “We’ve been catching them under the piers or a little deeper in 8 to 10 feet of water.”

When fishing for bluegill, Schulz recommends using wax worms and red worms.

“For pan fish we’ve also been catching a lot of crappies,” the guide said. “They’ve been pretty good out in the deeper water. For those, we’ve been using minnows.”

Schulz reported that walleyes have been productive within the last few weeks, as well.

“They’ve been biting well,” Schulz said. “… We’re using leeches. Bass are also still fairly good and a lot of people have been catching muskies lately.”

When fishing for bass, Schulz recommends using plastic worms and fishing under piers or out in deeper water. For muskies, Schulz has been finding the best luck using plastic worms in the deep water or along the weed line.

Perch still seem to be the slowest biters in Little Green.

“We haven’t been seeing a lot from the perch,” Schulz said. “It’s just not quite their best time of year. They might need a little warmer weather yet.”

Fun Fish Facts:

40 percent of all fish species inhabit fresh water, yet less than .01 percent of the earth’s water is fresh water.



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