Fishing should heat up as temps cool

MASON KLASSA SHOWS off the fish he and his sister, Aylah, caught while fishing on Big Green Lake. This photo was submitted by Charlie Klassa of Berlin as part of the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest.

by Ariana Hones

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Not much

What’s not: Everything

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Norton, lake trout have been “pretty slow” the past couple weeks.

“When they do bite, we have been catching some nice lake trout, but it takes a lot of time,” he added.

Lake trout that are being caught are weighing in around 8 to 15 pounds.

Norton is using cowbells with minnows or a piece of bait fish to catch the trout.

It is primarily biting in 120 to 150 feet of water on the bottom or in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Norton reports that he “has not had luck with anything else beyond trout.”

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

Walker echoed Norton’s slow fishing sentiments.

“For some reason everything has slowed down,” he said.

Smallmouth bass are harder to find and are going into their “fall mode,” so they have moved away from the rocks and edges of weeds and into deep water.

Smallmouth are biting on night crawlers. Walker has been catching the bass close to bottom and going real slow on the edge of weeds in 15 to 17 feet of water.

Bluegill, meanwhile, are catching in and on the edge of weeds and biting on small trout worms and nightcrawlers.

Northern Pike are slow, but are biting occasionally on larger suckers and chubs, while trolling on the edge of weediness in 25 to 30 feet. Walker predicts they should pick up a bit in the next few weeks.

Walleye also should improve as the water cools down and are biting on night crawler harnesses and spinners.

Another fish that could get better in the next couple weeks are lake trout. Anglers, however, may run out of time to catch them.

“Lake trout are really slow going, but will be going into their spawning mode and should beef up in the next week or so, but their season will close at the end of September,” Walker said.

Lake trout spawn in shallow water, so they are starting to pick up there.

The water is about 10 degrees warmer than usual, so Walker predicts that as it cools down the fish should start biting again.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Perch and bluegill

What’s not: Walleye

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Schulz, fishing has been picking up on Little Green Lake and will continue to do so as the water temperature cools down.

Among the fish he noted are biting well are bluegill and perch. He said they can be caught using red worms, night crawlers and even wax warms in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Another fish that is biting are crappies. While the bite is good this year, Schulz noted it will be even better next summer.

“Crappies have been really good, but they’re a little small,” he said. “One more year and they’re going to be really good out here.”

The fish is being caught in the middle and deeper waters using minnows.

Musky, meanwhile, are just starting to pick up and can be caught using suckers or slow-moving baits.

Walleye has slowed down a bit, but Schulz expects a rebound once the fall hits and the weather cools.

Fun Fish Joke:

Thanks for putting up with a summer’s worth of fishing jokes. If you hear of any better fish puns let minnow.

Fun Fish Fact:

Fish don’t grow new scales as they grow. The scales that they have just grow bigger. This means that you can estimate the age of a fish from the rings that are formed over time, similarly to how you would guess the age of a tree.