Bass are heating up on Big, Little Green lakes

Cory Marshell SHOWS off a lake trout he caught while fishing with his dad on Father’s Day. Dennis Walker guided the boat and helped with the catch. submitted photo

by Reagan Zimmerman

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish

What’s not: northern pike and lake trout

Guide’s Corner:

Joel Baranowski, North Bay Sport and Liquor, 920-294-6462

During Father’s Day weekend, smallmouth bass were biting well for the Angler Young Angler fishing tournament on Big Green.

Anglers used nightcrawlers, plastic worms and leeches while fishing all over the lake for bass.

In addition to smallmouth, bluegill and crappies have been biting as well.

“Bluegills and crappies are right up along the shore lines in 9 feet of water,” Baranowski said.

Bluegills are biting on worms, while crappies are taking the bait with minnows.

Baranowski added anglers are getting a lot of walleye over the tops of the weeds and just beyond them with small crankbaits.

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

Walker agreed with Baranowski’s assessment of the lake’s active bass fishing.

“They had the youth fishing tournament this weekend and they hammered the smallmouth bass, so I would say it is the best bite on the lake right now,” he said.

Walker noted they typically are found in the rocky areas with leeches.

He added that rock bass have been found in the rocks and drop-offs as well.

Anglers have been using leeches and nightcrawlers.

Walker also mentioned that walleye have been red hot.

“Over on the east end [of the lake] in front of the bridge area has been a hot area for walleye fishing,” the guide said.

Anglers were catching them with nightcrawler harnesses and spinners or small crankbaits.

The panfish just finished spawning season, which brought them all into shallow water along the shore and in the weed beds.

Using a regular bobber and trout or earthworm will work best for panfish according to Walker.

“As far as northern [pike] go, I haven’t heard a lot, so I would say that it is pretty slow right now,” he added.

Lake trout also are slow at the moment. Some days they are decent but on others they just aren’t biting.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Bluegill

What’s not: Crappies and perch

Guide’s Corner:

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

Unlike Big Green, bass fishing is just beginning to pick up on Little Green.

Largemouth bass have been caught with plastic worms underneath the piers.

Bass are not the only fish that are biting better.

“Walleye fishing is just starting to pick up because it is just that time of year for great fishing,” Schulz said referring to fishing in the month of June.

Anglers have been trolling with leeches and crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet of water.

Muskies also have been consistent throughout the past few weeks.

They are being caught in the shallows using bucktails, jerkbaits and live bait.

Bluegill also are still biting with wax worms and red worms.

Fishing has sped up since the water has warmed recently, but there still are some fish that are slow.

“Crappies are a little slow and so are the perch,” Schulz said.

Fun Fish Facts:

Most fish reproduce by laying eggs, though some fish, such as great white sharks, give birth to live babies called “pups.”