MIKE NORTON SHOWS off two lake trout that are 17- and 22-inches long, respectively. submitted photo
by Joe Schulz
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: White bass, lake trout
What’s not: Walleye, northern pike
Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611
Though the water hasn’t warmed to it’s summer temperature quite yet, Walker believes fishing will only improve as the summer continues.
He noted white bass and lake trout are the best bites on Big Green Lake.
White bass can be found fishing on the east end of the inlet bridge, which Walker said has been a “hot spot” for fishing from shore.
Walker recommends using artificial baits, such as spinners and crank baits for white bass.
He noted the lake trout can be found in 125 to 150 feet of water. He said the best bait for fishing lake trout is Sutton spoons.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass also can be found along the rocky shores.
Walker noted walleye and northern pike haven’t been biting yet.
“We’re in a little bit of a transition period right now,” he said. “Once the water hits 65, 70 degrees it starts clearing up.”
When the water clears, he added fish will see the bait better and fishing on Big Green Lake should improve all around.
Mike Norton’s Fishing and Hunting Adventures, www.biggreenlakefishing.com, 920-295-3617
Norton noted white bass have been biting near the east shore by the inlet bridge.
“People are casting and catching mostly white bass there,” he said. “That’s been a good spot on shore.”
He said the northeast corner of Big Green Lake has been a good spot for white bass and walleye.
He’s been finding lake trout in 80-foot water, concentrating on the bottom. Norton has been using Sutton spoons and other lures to catch the lake trout. “We mostly concentrate on the deep water,” Norton said.
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Crappies, bluegill, walleye and musky
What’s not: nothing
Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620.
According to Schulz, Little Green Lake has been a fisherman’s paradise as most fish are biting.
He noted crappies and bluegill can be caught in shallow water with almost any bait. Specifically, waxworms, red worms and nightcrawlers have been great baits.
“All of the bluegills and crappies have moved into the shallows, so you can catch a lot of bluegill and crappies,” Schulz said.
Walleye can be found along the weed edges. Schulz recommends using leeches as bait.
He added musky are being found “all over” and are biting on small baits, such as small bucktails, and other small lure-type baits.
“Everything’s pretty good out here, it’s getting to be the best time of year,” Schulz said. “The end of May and into June are always the best time of year.”
Fun Fish Joke:
Two fish are sitting in a tank. One looks at the other and says, “Hey, do you know how to drive this thing?!”
Fun Fish Fact:
Fish typically have quite small brains relative to body size compared with other vertebrates, typically one-fifteenth (0.06%) the brain mass of a similarly sized bird or mammal.