GREEN LAKE WISCONSIN LAKE TROUT

Big Green Lake, Wisconsin produces many trophies and holds the WI state record Lake Trout for inland waters. There simply are no other bodies of water in Wisconsin like Big Green.

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Even its origin is different than most lakes which results in it’s 200-foot plus depth with oxygen clear to the bottom. This means lake trout can thrive there and yet a plethora of other cool water species can thrive in the upper reaches.
All the major species are present…. small mouth, walleye, pan fish, northern pike, musky, and even channel catfish.
The huge cisco population provides a unique sport fishery unavailable in any other lake.
Big Green Lake has it all.

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Spring and Fall are prime times to troll spoons and plugs on long lines (75 to 100 feet)

Using a lead line setup is especially effective, but can be a pain in the ass at times! See my article:

Always remember to check the water temperature. Lakers prefer 43-56 degree water and will generally be somewhere within that range. Lakers are lazy fish, so troll slowly. When marking fish, change trolling speed and direction often , as it triggers strikes. Never assume Lakers aren’t there. Many graphs can’t single them out when they are at the bottom, especially on this beautiful deep lake.

Positive thinking! Believe the trout will hit as soon as the right depth and speed are presented. Days with a good amount of wave action are better, as the boat imparts more action on the lures. Even though Lake Trout can be the easiest of all the popular sport fish to catch, they don’t just jump in your boat! Experimentation is the key with Lakers! Once located, which is not easy on this large deep lake, one can easily limit out with some really big lake trout.

Always be mindful of your gear! I heard of a guy that snagged a reef with his four downriggers and it ripped off his trolling board, taking with it a ton of rods and all four riggers. Note: This almost happened to yours truly…..

If your thing is trolling or jigging, please be considerate of each other. It is a big lake out there. Watch for trolling patterns, markers, etc.  If you see a fisherman trolling or if you see a marker of a boat that is trolling, don’t start fishing in someone’s trolling pattern. Likewise if someone is jigging, don’t troll too close. Anchor lines can be out there a long ways. Don’t drag your lines through an area where there are anglers in boats that are jigging. Some anglers like to sit and cast out. If you pull in beside other boats you could be pulling in where they are casting. Ask if they are casting, where their anchor lines are, etc. If we all do our part, there won’t be a problem.

Below are special fishing regulations for Green Lake

Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler….

DAILY BAG LIMITS:

  • CATFISH
    Open All Year
    See specific species regulations in this group
  • CHANNEL CATFISH
    Open All Year
    No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25, 25 in total, but only 24 if one flat head catfish is included..
  • FLATHEAD CATFISH
    May 5, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    The minimum length is 30, but flat head catfish from 36″ to 42″ may not be kept.The daily bag limit is 1.
  • LARGE MOUTH BASS AND SMALL MOUTH BASS
    May 5, 2018 to March 3, 2019
    The minimum length limit is 14″ and the daily bag limit is 5.
  • MUSKELLUNGE AND HYBRIDS
    May 5, 2018 to December 31, 2018
    The minimum length limit is 40″ and the daily bag limit is 1.
  • NORTHERN PIKE
    May 5, 2018 to March 3, 2019
    The minimum length limit is 26″ and the daily bag limit is 2.
  • PAN FISH (BLUEGILL, PUMPKINSEED, SUNFISH, CRAPPIE AND YELLOW PERCH)
    Open All Year
    No minimum length limit and the daily bag limit is 25.
  • TROUT
    See specific regulations
  • WALLEYE, SAUGER, AND HYBRIDS
    May 5, 2018 to March 3, 2019
    The minimum length limit is 15″ and the daily bag limit is 5.

Note: Regardless of what you are fishing for on this big deep lake, it’s a good idea to hire a guide for at least one trip before you venture out on your own. It’s well worth the money just in tackle savings alone…..Good Luck!