Fishing remains on the slow side on Big Green

MIKE NORTON holds a 10-pound lake trout that he caught Friday, May 10. submitted photo      

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Occasionally lake trout

What’s not: Mostly all other fish

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Walker, cold waters are still thwarting anglers early in the season.

“The water hasn’t warmed up a lot,” he said. “It’s still fairly cold. It’s still hit or miss yet.”

He said some people have caught bass, but “I haven’t heard much.”

Lake trout also are hit or miss. Walker noted once anglers find the fish you have to keep hammering away at them until they bite.

“They aren’t biting real good yet, but I was out [Wednesday, May 22 and] I caught three,” Walker said.

He noted that the trout may be found in 75- to 100-feet of water, close to the bottom. Minnows are working the best to catch them.

Other fish are being caught sparingly, but until the weather warms up it will be slow going.

“We just need some warmer temperatures, to get it back to where it should be,” Walker said

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

Norton hasn’t seen a lot of fishermen out yet, but noted that he’s caught some lake trout despite it being slow.

“[Lake trout] can be just about anywhere this time of year,” Norton said. “Usually, we find lake trout in 80 to 100-foot water.”

Norton has been using a cowbell rig with minnows to catch lake trout.

Norton noted the cold temperatures on Big Green have been a factor so far this fishing season.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Walleye and musky

What’s not: Bluegill and crappie.

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Schulz, musky have been biting on Little Green Lake. He’s been finding them in the shallows on warmer days and along the weeds on colder days.

The guide noted the water along the shallows is 4 to 6 feet, while the water is 10 to 12 feet on the weeds.

He added bucktails have been the best bait for musky.

Walleyes have been biting along the deep weed line, as well, with leaches being used as the bait.

Schulz noted bluegill and crappie aren’t biting yet.

Fun Fish Joke:

What did the trout detective say?

“There’s something fishy going on here.”


Fun Fish Fact:

Fish are vertebrates. That means they have a backbone. But unlike mammals, fish don’t have lungs.

They breathe by taking oxygen from the water in through their mouths, where it passes over the gills. The gills then absorb oxygen from the water and send the oxygen throughout the body.