Fishing has slowed, but the bites still are there

Tom Inorio displays the smallmouth bass he caught during his fishing adventure with Dennis Walker on his vacation from Chicago. submitted photo

by Reagan Zimmerman

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Walleye and smallmouth bass

What’s not: White bass

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Walker, the hottest bite on Big Green Lake are probably smallmouth [bass] and walleye.

Anglers have been using plastic or artificial worms and leeches in 10 to 20 feet of water to catch the bass.

Walleye still are biting on nightcrawler harnesses trolled on top of the weeds.

Bluegill also are being found in the weeds with a bobber and earthworms.

Walker hasn’t heard much about Northern Pike, which is surprising because this normally is prime northern fishing time.

Trolling chubs and minnows along the bottom in 30 to 40 feet of water is the best way to catch them.

Northern pike is not the only fish that has been tough to catch at times.

“Lake trout have slowed down,” Walker said. “Some days, it can be really good but others it will be bad. You just have to find the ones that are biting.”

Lake trout can be caught with a cowbell and minnow rig.

White bass are slow as well. They can be found in deep water with crankbaits and spinners.

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

Norton also has noticed some days that lake trout have not been biting, but has been pleased overall.

“The lake trout fishing is fairly good and we are having pretty good success on most days,” Norton said. “There are some days when there might be some reason why they aren’t biting but for the most part it is good.”

On Aug. 21, his crew caught a 20-pound lake trout, which is the biggest he has seen in a few years.

According to Norton, the best bait for lake trout is a flasher and a minnow in 70 to 100 feet of water.

He added that white bass fishing is spotty and if anglers are lucky, they can catch one or two in the deeper water with a dipsy diver rig with a dodger and a spinner.

It is the slowest fish on the lake right now and both Norton and Walker are unsure if it will pick up the rest of the season.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Largemouth bass

What’s not: Walleyes and crappies

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Schulz, fishing is slowing down a little bit on Little Green Lake.

He noted the best fish biting right now is largemouth bass. Anglers have been flipping plastic worms in 5 to 7 feet of water for the most success.

Musky, meanwhile, are beginning to slow down but are still active.

“[Individuals] can use minnow-type baits over the rock piles,” Schulz said about the best way to catch musky.

Bluegill have been steady throughout the last couple weeks. They can be found in 8 to 10 feet of water and caught with red worms.

Schulz noted that crappies, on the other hand, have been slow. Despite that, a few have been caught using minnows in deep water.

Walleye also have drastically slowed down recently.

“There have only been a few caught on minnows and nightcrawlers along the weedlines or on the rocks,” Schulz said.

As the season starts to come to an end, so is the streak of great fishing on Green Lake.

Fun Fish Facts:

The batfish plays dead when danger is near. It floats motionless on its side when scared, making it look like a dead leaf floating on the surface of the water.