MIKE INORIO OF Chicago caught this smallmouth bass while fishing with Dennis Walker. submitted photo
by Reagan Zimmerman
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Walleye and smallmouth bass
What’s not: White bass
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
According to Walker, walleye are probably one of the better bites on the lake right now.
Anglers have been fishing for walleye by trolling along the weedlines in shallower water with nightcrawler harnesses.
Smallmouth Bass also was hot a couple weeks ago when the lake was filled with bass fishermen for a local bass tournament.
Since leeches are out of season, Walker recommends using hellgrammites or artificial worms as bait.
Smallmouth bass are typically found in or along the rock piles.
Northern Pike have just begun to pick up in 20 to 40 feet of water.
Walker recommends trolling close to the bottom with large minnows for the most success.
Panfish, meanwhile, may be found along the shoreline in shallow water with a bobber and worm.
According to Walker, the slowest fish on the lake are white bass due to the low population.
If they can be caught, the best bait is a minnow on the surface of deeper water.
Another fish that isn’t biting with consistency are lake trout.
“Lake trout are kind of hit or miss right now,” Walker said. “It can be tough some days but then it will be decent.”
Walker recommends moving around the deep water of the lake to find the spot where the lake trout are most popular.
The best bait to use is a minnow with a cowbell.
Walker believes the lake trout fishing will pick up as the water cools down because they are a cold-water fish.
Mike Norton, Mike Norton’s Fishing Adventure, 295-3617
Norton noted the lake trout fishing has been fair the last couple of weeks.
Lake trout are found in 70 to 100 feet of water with a flasher and a minnow as well as sutton spoons.
The fishing guide also has been catching some cisco.
“There are some huge schools of cisco out in the deeper water,” Norton said. “People can try jigging for them if they can find the school on their fish locators.”
The best bait for the cisco are No. 6 or 7 Swedish pimples.
Cisco are regularly found in 140 feet of water, but the cisco are rising to about 80 feet below surface.
Another fish Norton has targeted are white bass.
“We have been trolling the top 20 feet and have caught a few white bass,” Norton said.
The numbers were not high for Norton because the population is down.
If anglers can find them, Norton recommends using a dipsy diver rig with a dodger and spinner.
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Musky
What’s not: Crappies
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
According to Schulz, the fishing on Little Green Lake has been OK as of late.
One of the popular bites the past couple weeks is bluegill.
“[Anglers] have still been catching some bluegill with red worms and wax worms in shallow water,” he said.
Smallmouth bass, meanwhile, have been active underneath the piers.
Schulz noted the best bait to use is plastic worms.
He added bluegill and smallmouth bass are not the only fish being caught.
“There have been some really big muskies caught,” Schulz said. “There have been numerous muskies caught over 40 inches this past week.”
The biggest one reeled in was a 52-inch fish.
The musky have been found over rock piles while using minnow crankbaits.
Perch also are starting to pick up. They are found in the deeper waters with nightcrawlers and minnows.
Schulz said crappies have been the slowest fish on the lake, but he is hoping they will pick up before the season ends.
Fun Fish Facts:
The fastest fish is the sailfish. It can swim as fast as a car travels on the highway.