Lake trout, smallmouth and walleye are hot bites

McCoy Walejko caught this 9.5-inch bluegill at the Dartford Mill Pond. submitted photo

by Reagan Zimmerman

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake trout, smallmouth bass and walleye

What’s not: Northern pike

Guide’s Corner:

Mike Norton, Mike Norton’s Fishing Adventure, 295-3617

“The lake trout fishing has picked up and it is in its prime time,” said Mike Norton, who specializes in catching lake trout.

During a fishing tour a couple weeks ago, Norton and his crew caught 11- and 13-pound lake trout.

“It is not totally predictable with how many you are going to get but we have been catching some,” Norton said.

When fishing for lake trout, Norton recommends using sutton spoons or a flasher with a minnow  in 75 to 135 feet of water.

Cisco are also being caught in the same depth with the same bait.

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

Smallmouth bass and walleye are hot this week.

Smallmouth can be found pretty much everywhere around the lake, but especially in the rocky areas while using hellgrammites and leeches

“As far as walleye go, [it is best to use] a nightcrawler harness or crankbaits while trolling over the top of the weeds,” Walker said.

Panfish also are being caught in the shallower waters with a bobber and earthworms.

“When I mention panfish, I am including bluegill, rock bass and perch,” the guide said.

There is one type of fish that Walker hasn’t heard much about and that is northern pike.

“The northern bite should pick up soon, but to fish for them you should troll along the edge of the weeds in 25 to 30 feet of water with live bait,” Walker said.

Fun Fish Facts:

The oldest known age for a fish was an Australian lungfish. In 2003, it was still alive and well at 65 years old.