Vicky Olinski holds a 6-pound lake trout that she caught while fishing with Mike Norton. Mike Norton photo
by Reagan Zimmerman
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Lake trout (at times) and rock bass
What’s not: Smallmouth bass and walleye
Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617.
Norton is primarily a deep-water angler, so he focuses on lake trout.
Lake trout fishing has been hit and miss, Norton reports.
“Some days they bite pretty good and other days it seems like there are not a lot of numbers out there, as far as marking them on a graph,” he said.
The fishing guide added the lake trout being caught range from 27 to 30 inches.
Norton has been mostly fishing south of North Bay in 50 to 100 feet of water, using a dodger and a minnow and silver spoons, as well.
“We were catching the occasional white bass while trolling,” Norton said.
White bass can be caught with a flasher with a spinner behind it, in about 20 feet of water.
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
“Things have been pretty slow on the lake,” pontoon guide Dennis Walker said. “The bass were halfway decent earlier but it seems like they are a little tough to catch right now.”
The only type of bass that is biting is rock bass.
Anglers have been successful with nightcrawlers and a bobber, when fishing for rock bass. Lines may be cast right over the side of the boat by any rocky area for the most success.
Walker also noted panfish are starting to move into shallower water, but the water temperature still has been a little too cold for spawning.
Some may be found off the inland bridge, along with a few bluegill.
For panfish and bluegill, individuals should use a white line with a plain hook and nightcrawler or worm.
Walker added walleyes also are occasionally biting, but are far from being an easy catch.
Walleye tend to bite at night or in the early mornings. They can be caught with a nightcrawler harness, which is a spinner with a nightcrawler.
Individuals may troll on the edge of the weed lines or in 15 to 125 feet of water. The 60- to 80-foot areas seem best right now because of the cool temperature of the water.
This time of year, there are not a lot of weeds in the lake due to lack of sun and warmth, so walleye fishing is slow.
Walker explained that, “Everyday is a little bit different out there,” on Big Green Lake.
With wind coming across the lake and fluctuating temperatures, “What has happened is we have had a seesaw weather pattern here, where it is cold and warm,” he said.
All that is needed to create good fishing, is warmer weather to warm the water .
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Crappies, bluegills and muskies
What’s not: Everything else
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
Meanwhile, on Little Green Lake, Schulz noted the crappies and bluegills are just starting to get on their beds; the bluegills more than the crappies.
Individuals may find both species under any of the piers because they are scattered all over the lake.
Schulz recommends red worms and wax worms as bait.
“Along with the bluegills, the largemouth bass are starting to spawn in the shallower water,” Schulz said.
For bass, anglers should use any plastic worms or leeches.
Walleyes are in a bit deeper water.
“With walleye, probably the best bait would be leeches,” Schulz said.
In order to have the most success, find the deep weed lines in about 12 to 15 feet of water.
Muskies are being caught as well.
Muskies seem to be all over, using either bucktails or slow-moving jerk baits,” Schulz said.
Just like on Big Green Lake, everyone on Little Green Lake is waiting for some nice weather to fire up the fishing season.
“We are waiting for the water temperature to hit about 66 to 67 degrees. That is when the bluegills and bass start to spawn,” Schulz said. “The water temperature right now is about 63 to 64 degrees.”
With some of the fish just starting to come in with the weather warming up a bit, Schulz believe that next week will be better.
Fun Fish Facts:
Most fish have taste buds all over their body.