Smallmouth bass one of best bites on lake

KAYDEN STRONG SHOWS off the fish she and her brother, Carter, caught while fishing in Green Lake’s Mill Pond. This photo was submitted by Kent Strong as part of the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest.

by Ariana Hones

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Smallmouth bass and walleye

What’s not: Lake trout

Guide’s Corner:

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

“We are mostly fishing for lake trout, but they are fairly slow,” Norton said.

When they do bite, lake trout are being caught on flasher and minnow, cowbells and a minnow or a strip of fish like white bass or cisco.

They are staying near the drop-offs of 80 to 100 feet of water and biting near bottom in deep water.

Walleye, meanwhile, are active in 25 to 35 feet of water on nightcrawler harnesses. Perch, on the other hand, are biting well in 12 feet of water, fishing over the boat “with enough sinker to get down near the bottom and using a small shiner minnow or nightcrawler.”

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

Walker reports the best bites on the lake last week were smallmouth bass and walleye in the early mornings and evenings.

Smallmouth are biting over the rocks and along the weed lines in 8 to 20 feet of water on nightcrawlers.

Walker is casting over the side of the boat with a piece of nightcrawler hooked in the middle and either trolling slowly or anchored.

Walleye are biting on nightcrawler harnesses on the edge of the weeds or over the top of the weeds and in rocky areas.

Panfish, such as bluegill, are still small, but are biting more frequently as late summer hits. They are active on the edge of the weeds and in the weeds in 10 to 20 feet of water.

White bass are slow on the lake, but Walker noted that “on a calm day you can see them pop on the surface of the water and can cast small, hard baits or possibly a spinner into the schools of bass without spooking them and catch some.”

Northern pike are not biting consistently, but are being caught in 25 to 40 feet and along the weed lines with live chub or suckers and trolling slowly on the bottom.

Lake trout also are slow, but should start to pick up as the water cools down. They are biting in deep water of 150 feet-plus on spinners and minnow or plain Sutton spoon or silver spoon.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Perch and bluegill

What’s not: Musky

Guide’s Corner:

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

Bluegill and perch are being caught in deeper water on Little Green. Perch are biting on crappie minnows and chunks of crawler, while bluegill are taking the bait of red worms and wax worms.

Northern pike, meanwhile, are going for bucktails, small suckers or perch, or live bait.

Crappies, on the other hand, are small, but biting well. Musky are slow, but biting on bucktails or minnows in 8 to 12 feet of water.

Fun Fish Joke:

What swims in the sea, carries a machine gun, and makes you an offer you can’t refuse? The Codfather


Fun Fish Fact:

Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.