Guides: Fishing has been hit or miss as of late

by Reagan Zimmerman

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: walleye, panfish and bluegill

What’s not: cisco and white bass

Guide’s Corner:

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

Lake trout fishing is either hot or not.

Fishing guide, Mike Norton said that people are catching one to four lake trout during a four-hour fishing trip.

“It takes about an hour or two to catch a legal lake trout,” he said. “Some days it takes a little longer, but some days it is a little better than that.”

According to Norton, for this time of the summer, those numbers are decent.

“It is going to get more difficult to catch them as the summer goes on,” the fishing guide said. “Once the water warms up, they will go deeper in the lake, making them harder to catch.”

Currently, lake trout may be found in 60 to 100 feet of water and caught with Sutton Spoons — either size 44 or 38 — or with a dodger and minnow.

Norton added cisco and white bass have been slow.

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

Walker is still waiting for the activity to pick up on the lake, but noted walleye fishing has been decent lately.

“One of the better bites has been some walleye,” he said. “It’s not everyday, but basically the best bite is either early in the morning before there is a lot of activity on the lake or later at night, an hour or so before dark.”

Walleye may be caught with nightcrawler harnesses or artificial crankbaits along the weedline.

Walker said the east end of the lake is hot for walleye in the 10-to-30-foot range for water depth.

He noted they are not the only fish that are biting.

“Smallmouth bass are starting to get a little bit more active over the rocky areas or shoreline,” Walker said. “Sandstone [Bluff] has been good and down along the Emerald Shore area as well.”

Live bait, like leeches or nightcrawler, works best for catching smallmouth bass.

Artificial baits may be used as well.

Panfish and bluegill, meanwhile, have gone into spawning mode, so they are moving into shallower water.

Individuals have been successful with a plain bobber and trout or perch worm in 3 to 10 feet of water.

Walker reported there haven’t been a lot of white bass.

A few may be caught at the Inlet bridge, but it is pretty slow.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: bluegill

What’s not: crappies

Guide’s Corner:

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

Fishing has been going well on Little Green Lake lately, besides crappies, which have been slow.

“The bluegills have been biting,” Schulz said of one of the more active types of fish.

They are in shallower water and wax or red worms work best.

Some perch are being caught while using crappie minnows and small chunks of nightcrawlers.

Perch may be found in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Walleyes have been hitting a little bit in the deeper water.

“We have been getting a few walleyes by trolling little spinner baits, worm-crawler harnesses and leeches,” Schulz said.

Muskies may be caught along the weedlines with bucktail.

Fun Fish Facts:

It is estimated that there may still be more than 15,000 fish species that have not yet been identified.