Smallmouth bass, bluegills among those still biting – by Laura Lyke
Green Lake Reporter
Big Green Lake
What’s hot: Bluegill – What’s not: Lake trout
Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611. According to Dennis Walker, fishing on Big Green is slow, but hopefully not for long. “Generally, everything has been slow,” Walker said. “Smallmouth bass have been caught pretty consistently and I hear they’ve been catching the bluegills in the shallower water, but nothing’s really great right now.”
Walker noted the trout population is low this summer, but looks forward to when the weather cools down and trout begin preparing for spawning. “I’ve been on the lake for over 45 years and this just hasn’t been a good summer for lake trout,” Walker said. “We need some colder weather to cool the water back down. Until the water cools down, things are going to be fairly slow.”
Although nothing’s biting really well, the guide has recommendations for those fishing during the last few hot days of summer. “When fishing for northern [pike], you want to use bigger bait like shrubs or suckers and troll along the edge of the weed lines in the deeper water,” he said. “Walleye are kind of slow right now, too, but a few guys are catching them toward the evening with a night crawler harness with spinners or a slip bobber. The fish are slow, but as we get into fall mode I’m sure everything will pick up a little bit.”
Guide’s Corner: Joel Baranowski, North Bay Sport & Liquor, 294-6462. According to Joel Baranowski, bluegills right now are the hot catch in Big Green. “Bluegills are biting real good right now,” Baranowski said. “Some are around cribs and a few are around weed edges.” The guide reports that perch also are biting well when minnows, worms or hellgrammites are used as bait.
“Smallmouth are also biting good along the rocky shorelines,” he said. “Also along the sandbars a number of walleyes have been caught in the evening or early in the morning.” Baranowski added he hasn’t heard as much about lake trout success in a while, except for one exception. “I had a guy go out and catch a 9 ½ pound lake trout in 80 to 100 feet of water,” he said.
Little Green Lake
What’s hot: Muskies and smallmouth bass – What’s not: Walleyes and crappies
Guide’s Corner: Todd Schulz, Landing on Little Green Lake, 920-398-2620. While fishing on Big Green has slowed down as of late, Todd Schulz noted it is still decent on Little Green. “So far, Little Green’s been OK,” the guide said. “Bass are consistent under the piers and muskies have been really good these last couple weeks.”
Schulz recommends fishing in water 8 to 12 feet deep when on the hunt for muskies. He also mentioned that perch are able to be caught. “Perch seem to be moving in a little bit in the shallows and in the deep water,” he said. “They’re using chunks of crawlers or minnows when fishing for those.”
Although many fish are still biting well, Schulz reports that walleyes and crappies have been “kind of slow.” “Bluegills have also just been OK” he said. “[There’s] not a lot of them, but a few do seem to be hanging in the deep waters.” When fishing for bluegill, the angler recommends using wax worms or red worms.
To obtain a fishing license in our are, you may visit any of the following stops:
- Green Lake County Clerk’s Office – 571 County Road A, Green Lake, WI 54941. Te: (920) 294-4005, Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm.
- North Bay Sport & Liquor – 501 South St, Green Lake, WI 54941. (920) 294-6462
- Reilly’s Pub and General Store – N 4111 Lakeshore Dr., Princeton, WI (920) 295-0656
For more fishing information, regulations, season dates and maps, please visit the DNR Fishing Website.