The lake information found on Fishidy.com for Big Green Lake. / Contributed photo
GREEN LAKE COUNTY — Fishidy.com shares the first installment in their 'Off the Beaten Path' series.
This week's focus is on Big Green Lake in the central region of Wisconsin, about 30 miles west of Fond Du Lac.
The lake supports both excellent cold water and warm water fisheries and is especially known for its quality lake trout fishery. Special restrictions exist on the harvesting of lake trout so be sure to check the current Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fishing regulation handbook before heading out.
Walleye, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white bass, yellow perch, cisco, northern pike, largemouth bass, muskie, crappie and brown trout can all be found in Big Green Lake. Excellent water visibility makes it a popular destination for scuba divers as well. Recreational boating can be heavy on weekends and holidays so be sure to plan your fishing trip outside of peak seasons and hours.
For a detailed lake map and fishing reports from local anglers, visit the Big Green Lake waterway page on Fishidy.com.
Here are some tips for locating and catching fish on Big Green Lake:
• Rocky shorelines in Woods Bay, Indian Point, Sugarloaf and inlet areas will hold early spring walleye. Small jigs tipped with fathead minnows work the best at this time. Focus on areas containing broken rock or in areas with developing weeds.
• Lake trout can be found in shallow water in early spring when water temperatures are low. Fish are often scattered and can be easily spooked at this time. Cut and dead baits, especially dead cisco, produce the most fish. Shore anglers are successful in catching these lakers. Trolling slowly with crankbaits and trolling spoons is effective when using planer boards.
• Spring is a good time to catch white bass. Fish will move into Silver Creek when there is enough water flowing in it. Many of the bridges where inlets enter the lake will also attract spring bass. Small jigs tipped with a twister tail should be used. Bank anglers can be successful around the bridges. Red, green, chartreuse and white are good colors to try.
• Shallow bays attract northern pike in spring to spawn. The Dartford Bay area is a good place to look for early season pike. Following the spawn, many northern pike can be found by following the schools of perch and other baitfish.
• In spring, smallmouth will move into shallow areas with a gravel or sand bottom to spawn. At this time, spinners, tube baits and crankbaits are effective.
• Spring is a good time to locate bluegill. In early spring, fish will move into shallow bays to spawn. Fish are attracted to developing vegetation in Beyers Cove, Norwegian Bay and Dartford Bay. Tip waxworms or pieces of nightcrawlers on a light wire hook and suspend this below a small bobber.
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