Fishing is hot right now on Big, Little Green

Coen Claubaugh shows off his smallmouth bass during his family’s fishing adventure. Dennis Walker photo

by Reagan Zimmerman

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Everything

What’s not: Nothing

Guide’s Corner:

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

All types of fishing has been hot on Big Green Lake.

“Smallmouth have been biting, walleye have been biting, lake trout have been biting, northern have been biting — everything has been biting,” Fishing guide, Dennis Walker said.

Smallmouth bass are especially active over the rocky shoreline in 10 to 20 feet of water.

Anglers are mainly using leeches and hellgrammites for bait.

Walleye also have become more active and are one of the best bites on the lake.

Walker doesn’t want to reveal secrets. “I don’t really want to say where they are catching them because some of the guys have special spots, so I don’t want to advertise those,” he said.

Walker recommends trolling nightcrawler harnesses along the weed line in areas that are 15 to 30 feet deep.

Lake trout are being found in 75 to 125 feet of water.

According to Walker, anglers have been using a cowbell and minnow combination and are coming up successful.

“That has been a really good bite,” he said. “It is on and off all day but that has turned on a lot within the last few weeks.”

The northern pike have picked up during the past few weeks as well.

“They have been catching northern in anywhere between 20 to 40 feet of water with a slip-tied sinker and a [large minnow],” Walker said.

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

Baranowski agrees with everything Walker said, noting he has heard from anglers that everything is hot right now.

“Walleye have been the best I have seen in the last 20 years,” Baranowski said. “It has been fantastic. There are people coming from Oshkosh and Fond du Lac to catch walleye,” he said. “[The fish they are catching] are averaging around 17 inches.”

They can be found along the weed lines in 14 to 21 feet of water with nightcrawler harnesses or leeches.

Baranowski also agreed with Walker that the northern pike bite is heating up.

He noted they are biting on large chubs or minnows along the drop-offs.

The guide also noticed success with lake trout.

“There have been a number of guys who have been catching lake trout by jigging silver spoons in the water,” Baranowski said.

Bluegill have been speeding up as well as they emerge from the cribs.

They can be caught in 16 to 20 feet of water by all of the cribs with any type of small worms, like earthworms or nightcrawlers.

Baranowski is amazed by how great the fishing has been the past few weeks and hopes it remains this way for a long time.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Bluegill and walleye

What’s not: Crappies

Guide’s Corner:

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

Little Green also has been a hot spot for fishing according to Schulz.

He noted bluegill are being caught in the shallow water with wax worms and redworms, while anglers have reeled in quite a few walleye in the rock piles.

Walleye fishing is best right before dark with leeches as bait.

Schultz also mentioned that perch have been pretty active lately and may be found in deeper water using minnows as bait.

The only fish that havebeen slow are crappies, but Schulz is hopeful they will pick up the next few weeks as summer progresses.

Fun Fish Facts:

A fish does not add new scales as it grows, but the scales it has increase in size. In this way, growth rings are formed and the rings reveal the age of a fish.