Lake trout are among the best bites on Big Green

MIKE GEDVILLE WAITS for a fish to bite as his dog, Bella, watches intently in this 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Kari Gedville of Lindenhurst, Ill. 

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake trout and smallmouth bass

What’s not: Northern pike and walleye

Guide’s Corner:

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

According to Walker, lake trout recently have been the best bite on Big Green Lake.

“They’ve been biting pretty good,” he said.

He recommends fishing off Sugar Loaf Road, noting the lake trout also are suspended in deep water.

The smallmouth bass bite, meanwhile, has slowed in recent weeks but the fish can still may be found along the edge of the deep water. Walker recommends using nightcrawlers or minnows as bait.

“They’re changing to their winter pattern, so they’re a little tougher to catch,” Walker said.

He added the walleye bite has been hit or miss.

“Some days can be good, some days can be kind of tough,” Walker said.

He recommends using a nightcrawler harness for walleye. The northern pike bite also isn’t great, according to walker.

“They’re a little slow, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t pick up,” he said.

Bluegill may be found along the edge of the weed lines. Walker noted a slip bobber is the best set up for them.

Reflecting on the summer’s fishing, Walker said, “It’s been a great summer for fishing.”

He believes fishing should pick up as boat traffic on the lake starts to slow down.

Walker added lake trout season ends at the end of September.

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

As he’s done all summer, Norton continues to catch lake trout on Big Green Lake.

“We’re still doing really good with the lake trout,” he said.

He’s finding the fish out by Sugar Loaf Road. Norton has been caching them in 100-foot water, trolling on bottom, using a cowbell rig and Sutton spoon.

Overall, Norton said it’s been a successful summer, especially compared to past years.

He’s been keeping a record for about 30-years. Norton said fishing peaked on Big Green Lake in 2009 and went steadily downhill until 2014.

“Now the fishing is improving dramatically because of the stocking effort and now our numbers are increasing,” Norton said. “Looking at the size of the lake trout population, next year should be a really good year.”

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.

“This time of year is pretty good for everything,” Schulz said of fishing on little green.

Schulz noted the musky bite has been good as of late.

“They’re moving into the shallows, rock bottoms and into the weeds,” he said. “They’re moving up and feeding on the little panfish.”

Schulz noted crappies can be found suspended over the deep water and caught using minnows.

Bass continue to bite on plastic worms under the piers, Schulz added.

He said it’s been a good summer for fishing on Little Green Lake.

“The musky and bluegills were good early, but as weeds died down things got a little harder in August,” Schulz said. “But now that fall is coming around fish are moving back in and things are looking good.”

Fun Fish Joke:

Which fish can perform operations?

A sturgeon!


Fun Fish Fact:

Relative to their body size, fish have small brains compared to most other animals.