Evan Zinn, 7, left and brother Cole Zinn, 2, practice their fishing skills Memorial Day weekend in this 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Judy Benigno.
by Joe Schulz
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Walleye and lake trout
What’s not: Northern pike and white bass
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
As Big Green Lake begins to quiet down after a busy summer, Walker noted fishing should continue to pick up.
“Less activity out there will help the fall fishing,” he said.
Walker has been fishing for smallmouth bass, but he noted that lately the fish has been a bit tougher to find.
“[Smallmouth are] moving out into deeper water; they aren’t over the rocks like they were,” he said. “I’m catching some over the rocks, but most are on the edge of the weeds in 20- to 25-foot water.”
He added minnows on a slip sinker or a nightcrawler harness are the best set up for catching smallmouth.
Walker hasn’t seen many anglers fishing for northern pike.
“There’s no reason you can’t catch them in 25- to 30-foot water,” he said.
Walker recommends trolling slow close to bottom using suckers and chubs as bait.
According to Walker, walleye have been a morning bite or an evening bite. He noted anglers are catching them near the inlet in 25- to 30-foot water.
“A nightcrawler harness has been the best bait for the walleyes,” Walker said.
Walker added the lake trout bite has picked back up in recent weeks.
“There are some fish being caught on the west end, off Sugar Loaf,” Walker said. “And they’ve been biting really good at times.”
Walker added lake trout fishing will close at the end of September.
Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617
As the summer winds down, Norton continues to have success catching lake trout.
“That’s just what I do,” he said.
Norton has been finding lake trout along the south shore in about 120-foot water, using a cowbell string of spinners and Sutton spoons.
Earlier this summer, Norton was catching the occasional white bass, but that hasn’t been the case lately.
“I’m not catching any white bass; it’s mostly been lake trout,” he said.
The Bruce Lenart group from the Green Lake area went fishing with Mike Norton back in July. On deck are lake trout, white bass and a 21-inch walleye caught in 190-foot water. submitted photo
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Crappies, walleye and musky
What’s not: Bluegill and perch
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
Several fish are biting well right now on Little Green Lake.
Among them are walleyes, which can be found 12- to 18-feet down in the deep water.
Schulz noted minnows and spinners have been the best walleye bait.
“Crappies have also been really good, you can catch lots of crappies,” Schulz said.
He added crappies may be found near the walleye, suspended in deep water, and that crappies will bite on “just about anything.”
According to Schulz, anglers have been catching perch “here and there.” The angler noted the perch are spread out between the deep and shallow water.
“As the water gets cooler, the perch will start moving in more and more,” Schulz said.
The bluegill bite has slowed in recent weeks he added.
“You still catch bluegill, but it’s a little slower,” Schulz said.
Musky are biting on bucktails and live bait in shallow water.
While the musky are biting right now, Schulz noted as the weather cools the bite will begin to pick up.
“In a month it should be really good,” he said.
Schulz added from September to October, the DNR, Little Green Lake Association and the Little Green Fishing Club will begin restocking the lake with fish.
Fun Fish Joke:
What did the fish say when he posted bail?
“I’m off the hook!”
Fun Fish Fact:
Some flatfish use camouflage to hide themselves on the ocean floor.