Les Werner proudly holds up a 13 1/2-inch crappie that he caught. submitted photo
by Ariana Hones
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Lake trout
What’s not: White bass
Joel Baranowski, North Bay Sport and Liquor, 920-294-6462
According to Baranowski, “Everything is looking good on the lake.”
Bluegill are biting along the weed edges with red worms as the “top bait” to catch them. Smallmouth bass, meanwhile, are being caught in shallow waters under piers up into 18 feet.
Northern pike are biting in 20 to 40 feet of water on chubs and suckers, while walleye are biting well along the weed lines and in up to 40 feet of water using leeches and crawlers.
Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617
“Things are going pretty steady with lake trout,” Norton said.
Lake trout are mostly biting on a dodger and minnow. People are catching the trout anywhere from 100 to 150 feet of water. Norton has been finding his trout “on or near the bottom,” with a few catching between 50 to 60 feet of water.
White bass are not in their prime right now, but should pick up in the next few weeks over the deep water on flashers with a spinner.
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
Walker echoed the sentiments of the other local guides with “everything has been pretty good on the water.”
Lake trout are biting on a minnow and cowbell combination or minnow and dodger combination in deep water. Walleye have been biting in the early mornings with nightcrawlers and leeches behind a spinner. Smallmouth bass also are being caught with leeches and nightcrawler.
Northern pike, on the other hand, are biting on chubs and suckers in 25 to 40 feet of water, by trolling slowly right on the bottom.
White bass are slow over the deep water, but Walker said it is sure to “get better as the season goes along.”
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Bluegill, musky, walleye
What’s not: Nothing
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
On Little Green, Schulz noted bluegill are biting well on wax and red worms, while perch are biting little chunks of crawler out on the middle of the water.
Walleye also are biting “pretty good” on spinners with crawler harnesses on deep water. Musky, meanwhile, are being caught well from the shallows to deep top water with minnows.
Fun Fish Joke:
What party game do fish like to play? Salmon Says.
Fun Fish Fact:
A lake trout can see in every direction because it can focus on its peripherals.