Guide: Fishing is ‘fantastic’ on Big Green

A FISHERMAN shows off a 12-inch crappie he caught on Little Green Lake. submitted photo

by Ariana Hones

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake Trout

What’s not: White bass, cisco

Guide’s Corner:

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

With the water clearing up, Walker sees actions on the lake as “really starting to pick up.”

Though lake trout remain “hit or miss” depending on the day, Walker said they are catching them in 50 to 130 feet of water, usually near the bottom, on spinners, planer spoons, dodger spoons, using minnows as live bait.

Walleye also are improving near the weeds and are biting on small crank bait and night crawler harness spinners. For on-shore fishing, the Inlet bridge off of County A is serving people well with successful bites.

Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures,, 920-295-3617

In the deep waters of Big Green Lake, trout season is entering its prime time.

Norton is catching lake trout in 50 to 100 feet of water, trolling near the bottom. He is using dodgers and minnows as well as 38- and 44-inch Sutton spoons.

Not biting in deep water are white bass and cisco.

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

Baranowski describes the current fishing conditions on Big Green as “fantastic.”

Walleye are biting on crank baits and leeches with spinners. Smallmouth bass are along the rocky shoreline and going for plastic worms, wacky and tub jigs, as well as live bait. On calm evenings, anglers are catching them with top-water lures.

White bass are finished spawning and moving towards open water, They are biting on small spinners with minnows. Bluegill are biting along the weedy edges of the lake with worms.

Northern pike, meanwhile, are going for chubs and suckers along the weed edges.

Baranowski believes this is the perfect time to get out on the lake “for everything.”

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Musky, walleye

What’s not: Bass, crappies

Guide’s Corner:

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

Muskies are being caught along the rocks and deep weed lines of Little Green using top water, glide baits and bucktails. They also are biting in mid-level waters of 30 to 50 feet.

Bass are slower to bite post-spawn, but occasionally are being caught with plastic worms and live bait leeches.

Walleye, on the other hand, are biting in the deep weeds using leeches.

Crappies also are slower in Little Green. Perch are biting, but need to be sorted through. Bluegills should be caught more in the next few weeks as they have finished spawning.

Fun Fish Joke:

Who does a fish call when his piano breaks?

The piano tuna.


Fun Fish Fact:

The fish in the middle of a school control the school. The fish on the outside are guided by those in the middle. Only bony fish can swim in highly coordinated groups.