Fishing is starting to heat up on lakes

Linda Alberty proudly displays her catch. She noted in an email to the Green Laker, “My husband and I live in Chicago and have a permanent campsite at Green Lake Conference Center. This is our second year coming to Green Lake and we can’t get enough of it! This place has truly become our home away from home. We simply love it here. As amateur anglers, we’ve been dreaming of the day we make a big catch. Well, on May 29, my 33rd birthday, that dream came true. I could hardly believe my eyes when I reeled in this 11-pound[er] … It’s sure to be a birthday I will remember forever!” submitted photo

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: lake trout, bass

What’s not: Most other fish

Guide’s Corner:

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

Norton noted lake trout are biting well on Big Green.

“We’re catching a fair amount of lake trout,” he said.

Norton also have seen anglers having success catching bass, but is unsure of the details of the catches.

“I’m mostly fishing for lake trout, so I don’t really know,” he said of where the fish is biting and what it is biting on. “I’ve seen a lot of people fishing for bass and I’ve seen a lot of people catching smallmouth bass.”

Norton has been catching lake trout in 80 to 100 feet of water and has been using Sutton spoons to catch them.

“It’s the spoon that put Green Lake on the map way back in 1951 …,” he said. “Sutton spoons don’t need bait.”

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

Walker noted he also has seen an uptick in lake trout.

“They’re biting pretty good,” the guide said.

He noted that smallmouth bass were spawning and will be done in a few weeks.

“A lot of people don’t fish them when they’re spawning,” he said. “That will pick up once they get done spawning.”

Walker added the season has only just begun and will only heat up as the summer progresses.

“It’s only going to keep getting better as the water keeps warming up,” he said. “It’s going to keep warming up every day now.”

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Walleye, musky, panfish, bass.

What’s not: nothing

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Schulz, the fishing season has been heating up on Little Green

Among the fish that have improved lately are panfish.

“The bluegills and the crappies are in spawning, you can catch bluegills and crappies close to shore,” Schulz said, noting the best bait for crappies has been minnows and the best bait for bluegills are worms.

Both walleye and musky also are biting, he noted.

Schulz said to concentrate on the weed lines for walleye and musky. For walleyes he recommends using leaches as bait and for musky he suggests using minnows or bucktail as bait.

He added bass are biting as well.

“Everything’s pretty good,” Schulz said.

Fun Fish Joke:

I rang the fishing helpline today and said, “I’m rubbish at fishing, can you help me?”

The guy said, “Can you hold the line?”

I said, “No.”