Catch the rainbow (trout) in Big Green

LEO WEHNER of Green Lake holds up a 12-pound lake trout that he caught. submitted photo

by Ariana Hones

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Smallmouth bass

What’s not: Lake trout

Guide’s Corner:

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

Lake Trout fishing has slowed down a bit as of late.

“We are still fishing for lake trout, but they have been pretty slow,” Norton said. “We are using cowbells with a minnow behind or we are using flashers with a Sutton spoon.”

Trolling over the deep water in 50 feet or more and dragging along the bottom at around 150 feet has proven to be lucky for some, but Norton says the trout are “hit or miss.”

While trout are slow, anglers can find action with rainbow trout 18- to 20-inches long fishing 50 feet down.

With minnows making a summer comeback, perch are fattening up and are catching in open spots in the weeds between 8 to 12 feet of water.

Norton recommends anchoring and fishing over the side of the boat with enough weight on the hook to get near the bottom.

Bass are catching on the rocky shoreline with hellgrammites or leeches. The key is finding not too many weeds and a hard bottom.

Walleye and northern pikes are also catching in 25 to 40 feet of water with a harness and trolling slow.

Big schools of minnows have recently been spotted which Norton cited as “definitely a good thing” for future fishing.

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

According to Walker, the best bite on the lake right now is smallmouth bass.

They are biting over the rocks and edge of the weed lines in 10 to 20 feet of water. With leech season ending, Walker suggests nightcrawler and hellgrammites in lieu of leeches.

Walleye are biting along the weed edges and on top of the weeds in deep water of 20 to 40 feet on nightcrawler harnesses or a spinner with nightcrawler.

Those fishing for northern pike, meanwhile, have had “good days and bad days.”

“They are biting, but some days they are pretty tough to find, especially with no wind blowing,” Walker said.

When northern pike do bite, they are being caught in 25 to 40 feet of water with chubs or suckers and trolling right on the bottom with a lindy type rig.

Walker echoed the sentiments of Norton with lake trout being slow on the water, but believes that in a couple of weeks they will start biting more as they begin to spawn.

Rainbow trout are catching on spinners and cowbells with a Sutton spoon in 40 to 60 feet of water, while panfish are being caught in the edge of the weeds or on top of the weeds in 10 to 20 feet with a worm on a plain hook.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Perch and bluegill

What’s not: Walleye and musky

Guide’s Corner:

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

As Little Green experiences “a little bit of an algae bloom,” Schulz reports slower fishing out on the lake.

Perch are being caught in deeper water with a chunk of crawler, while bluegill are biting on red worms or wax worms in 12 to 16 feet of water.

Walleye, meanwhile, are slowing down, but are being caught in the middle of Little Green using crawler harnesses.

Muskies also are slow as the water temperature is high.

Schulz reports seeing lots of crappies that are biting on minnows.

“In 1-2 years the crappies will be very good, but right now they are only 6-8 inches long, but if you are looking for action on the water there are plenty biting,” he said.

Fun Fish Joke:

Two parrots sitting on a perch. The first one says to the other: “Can you smell fish?”


Fun Fish Fact:

The spotted climbing perch is able to absorb oxygen from the air and will crawl overland using its strong pectoral fins.