Fishing remains steady on Big, Little Green

KERRI LYNCH-COHEN of Chicago shows off her early morning catch while fishing on Big Green Lake in this 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Donna Lynch of Green Lake. 

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, bluegill, musky and white bass

What’s not: Lake trout

Guide’s Corner:

Joel Baranowski, North Bay Sport and Liquor, 920-294-6462

Baranowski noted there’s still plenty of fish biting in Big Green Lake.

Smallmouth bass are being found along the rocky shorelines. The fishing guide recommends using hellgrammites and nightcrawlers as bait.

Meanwhile, walleye are going for crawler harnesses in 12- to 35-foot water, he noted.

Northern pike can be caught in about 40-foot water, with chubs being one of the best baits.

Bluegill, on the other hand, may be found along the weed edges in about 30-foot water.

Baranowski noted the lake trout are slowing down, but should pick back up in September.

Musky have been seen along the weed lines in 12- to 20-foot water. Baranowski recommends using bigger baits such as crank baits, suckerfish and trout to catch them.

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

So far this August, Walker has been having luck catching smallmouth bass. He has used nightcrawlers and leeches.

“Smallmouth have been biting real good for us,” Walker said. “I just had a young lad catch a nice 5-pound smallmouth.”

He noted walleye have been seen in their usual spots on the lake.

“Most walleye guys know where those areas are,” Walker said.

One of those areas is the east side of Big Green Lake, from Horner’s Landing to the Heidel House in 25- to 30-foot water.

Walker hasn’t heard much about the northern pike bite, but he noted the best set up for the fish is a live trout or sucker fish in 25- to 40-foot water.

Walker added the lake trout bite have slowed, but he expects them to pick up.

“I think it’s just a slow time for them, but they go into spawning mode and they’ll start beefing up in the next three weeks,” Walker said.

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

Norton’s been spending most of his time fishing for white bass and lake trout.

He’s been finding the white bass 25 feet down, over the deep water.

“We’re using a flasher and a fly mostly,” Norton said.

He’s had success catching lake trout down in the cold water, between 50- and 150-feet.

“We’re using spoons for the lake trout,” Norton said.

He’s also catching the occasional brown trout.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Panfish, crappies, largemouth bass, walleye

What’s not: Not much

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

Despite slowing down a bit, fishing is still steady on Little Green Lake.

“Everything’s a little slower this time of year, but it’s still pretty good fishing,” Schulz said.

Schulz noted panfish are being found in 13- to 16-foot water and that chunks of nightcrawler have been the best bait.

Crappies are being caught using minnows in 16-foot water, about 10-feet from the bottom.

“The crappies are suspended up, so you have to go out and find them,” Schulz said.

According to Schulz, the largemouth bass bite remains good on Little Green.

He noted they can be found under the piers and that plastic worms have been the best bait.

Walleye have been found out in deeper water; Schulz recommends using spinners to catch walleye.

“It’s a little different with no weeds in the lake right now,” Schulz said.

Todd Schulz displays a 22-inch walleye that he caught on a leech and slip bobber on Little Green Lake. submitted photo

Fun Fish Joke:

Why are DJs not allowed to work at fish markets?

Because they’re always dropping the bass.


Fun Fish Fact:

Fish diets vary by species. There are some carnivorous (meat eating) fish, some herbivorous (plant eating), and many omnivorous (both meat and plant eating) fish.