Fishing is good as a whole on area lakes

THE MCGATH family gathers around its catch after a fishing adventure with Mike Norton. Pictured are, front row, Darryl, Mike, Dean; back row, Gary, Dale and Dick. Dick is from Oregon and Darryl is from Minnesota, while the rest are from Wisconsin. submitted photo

by Ariana Hones

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Smallmouth and largemouth bass,

What’s not: Nothing

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Walker, lake trout still are somewhat hit or miss, but the water is increasingly become clearer leading to better catches.

Walleye are biting on night crawlers, harnesses, and small crankbait among the weed lines.

Smallmouth bass are biting over the rocks on leeches. Pan fish are also picking up with bluegill biting in and on the edge of weeds. White bass are biting in deep water.

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

Norton reported he has been catching lake trout with a flasher and minnow behind it.

Beyond lake trout, white bass are catching on the surface in 80 to 120 feet of water. It is one of several fish that is going well.

“Everything is biting pretty good on the lake,” the angler said.

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

Small and largemouth bass are biting well on the lake.

“There is a great top water bite in the morning and evenings using leeches and nightcrawler,” Baranowski said of the bass fishing.

Bluegill, meanwhile, are finished spawning and are biting on the edge of the weeds.

Northern pike, on the other hand, are being caught in 18 to 25 feet of water on chubs and suckers.

Walleye are biting in up to 40 feet of water on crawler harnesses and leeches.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Musky

What’s not: Nothing

Guide’s Corner:
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.

Fishing has been a mixed bag on Little Green Lake as of late.

“It was really good last week, but with rain and hot weather it has been a little slow,” Schulz said.

Bluegill are being caught in 6 to 8 feet of water on wax worms and red worms.

Perch also have been biting well, although can require some sorting for good ones. According to Schulz, they are biting on “a chunk of crawler.”

Muskies have been excellent and “they are both big and lots of them,” Schulz said.

In the past few weeks, Schultz reported that multiple people have caught muskies over 48-inches long. They are biting on everything from musky bait to leeches to bass bait.

Walleye are biting in the deep weed edges and crappies are a little slow, but should be picking up as they finish spawning.

Fun Fish Joke:

What did the magician say to the fisherman?

Pick a cod, any cod!


Fun Fish Fact:

The fastest fish is the sailfish. It can swim as fast as a car travels on the highway