Despite some dirty water, fishing remains good

STEVE SIDERS, LEFT, of Green Lake and Jeff Astrach of Berlin kneel behind a nice day’s catch. submitted photo

by Joe Schulz

Big Green Lake

What’s hot: Lake trout, bass

What’s not: Walleye, northern pike

Guide’s Corner:

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

The best bite on Big Green Lake is lake trout, which can be found in 75- to 125-foot water. Walker noted cowbells and Sutton spoons have been the best bait for catching lake trout.

“Everything else is still fairly slow yet,” Walker said.

Bass also are being found along the shoreline because they are spawning. Walker noted largemouth have been a better bite than smallmouth, but both can be caught.

White bass also may be found on the Inlet bridge.

Walleye fishing has been slow on Big Green. Walker noted anglers are finding them “every once in a while” in 10- to 30-foot water.

The northern pike bite also has been slow, but can be found in 25- to 40-foot water.

For those looking for northern pike, Walker recommends using crank baits and chubs.

Additionally, panfish are spawning in shallow water and can be caught with nightcrawlers. Walker expects fishing to pick up as the water clears.

“Our water is still fairly dirty, but if we get a good rain, it’ll clear right up,” Walker said.

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

Norton’s been fishing for lake trout in the southeast corner of Big Green Lake.

He’s been having success in 70- to 90-foot water using Sutton spoons.

White bass can be caught close to shore, where they’re spawning, according to Norton.

Walleye may be found in areas with current, specifically on the Inlet bridge, he stated.

Little Green Lake

What’s hot: Crappies, bluegill, walleye and musky

What’s not: nothing

Guide’s Corner:

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

Schulz noted fishing remains strong on Little Green Lake as anglers are having success catching a variety of fish.

Bluegill are spawning and may be caught along the shallows. Schulz recommends using wax worms as bait.

Crappies have finished spawning and can be found out in the middle of Little Green Lake. Schulz noted minnows have traditionally been the best bait for catching crappie.

Walleyes can be found along the weedlines, with Schulz suggesting using leeches as bait.

Musky also have been found along the weedlines. Schulz believes bucktails are the best bait for musky.

“Everything’s biting pretty good, but there are a lot of floating weeds right now,” Schulz said. “It is hard to troll, so a lot of it is bobber fishing and casting.”

Fun Fish Joke:

What did the shark say after eating a clown fish? This tastes a little funny!


Fun Fish Fact:

Fish are very diverse because they live in a variety of habitats ranging from coral reefs and kelp forests to rivers, streams and the open ocean, and because they are very old on the evolutionary scale. According to fossil records, fish have been on Earth for more than 500 million years.