Fishing is getting good on Big, Little Green

Jordan Honish shows off her first musky, which she caught recently while fishing on Big Green Lake. submitted photo

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: lake trout, smallmouth bass and walleye

What’s not: Bluegill

Guide’s Corner:

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

Fishing on Big Green is heating up as most fish are biting, according to Walker.

Lake trout are among them, typically being caught in 60 to 80 foot water.

“Cowbell spinners and a minnow has been the best bait,” Walker said

Smallmouth bass may be found along the rocky shoreline and along the weed lines, but mainly along the rocks.

“A lot of bass guys have been using artificial bait, but a better bait would be a leech or a nightcrawler on a plain hook,” Walker said.

Walleye have been biting on nightcrawler spinners, in 10- to 25-foot water.

“It’s a better morning than night bite,” Walker said.

He added bluegill are beginning to go into its beds.

“You can catch them, but I don’t like to fish them now because they’re spawning,” Walker said. “Let them do their thing and catch them later.”

Walker believes the bluegill bite will get better as the summer goes along.

If a fisherman doesn’t have a boat, they can catch a variety of fish offshore at the inlet bridge off County Road A, according to Walker.

“It’s a good time to get out there and enjoy yourself on the lake,” Walker said.

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

Norton has been fishing for lake trout. He noted the lake trout are biting really well in 60 to 100 feet of water.

He’s been using the Sutton Spoon to catch lake trout.

“Guys are doing really well with the walleye,” Norton added. “They’re catching them mostly close to shore.”

Norton noted there are a variety of baits that can be used on walleye, including nightcrawlers and leeches.

Norton noted there’s a lot of bass on the lake as well right now.

“I think just about everything is biting,” Norton said.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Most fish

What’s not: nothing

Guide’s Corner:

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

June is usually the best month of fishing on Little Green, according to Schulz, who said, “Things are still pretty good.”

Schulz noted panfish are biting right now, specifically bluegill.

“Bluegill are finishing up their spawning, so they’re still in the shallows,” he said.

Schulz noted walleye are being caught with leeches along the deep weed lines in about 9 to 11 feet of water.

“Walleye have been really good,” Schulz said. “Musky have been really good too.”

Musky can be caught pretty much anywhere, but are being caught on the top of the weed lines the most, Schulz noted.

“Bucktails seem to be the best bait for the musky right now,” Schulz said.

Fun Fish Joke:

Why did Batman and Robin quit going fishing together?

Because Robin ate all the worms!


Fun Fish Fact:

More than 1,000 fish species are threatened by extinction.