Little Green Lake Wisconsin
Most Musky hunters are aware of this great Musky lake located just 180
miles north of Chicago, or are they?
Little Green is a 467 acre lake, maximum depth 25 ft. located just 2.1 miles from Markesan, in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. Don’t be fooled by the name “little”, as this lake has been producing some big action since it was stocked with hybrid and true Muskies since 1970. Here is an interesting fact! Little Green, so far as it is known and recorded, set a world record for Muskies caught per acre when the 467 acres produced 455 legal Muskies in 1973. You should not go to this lake expecting to catch a state record, although it’s a easy lake to fish, and there are few days that the waves exceed three feet. Musky hunters will also find just about every kind of fresh water panfish, Walleye and Large & smallmouth bass in good numbers. Because the lake was only a three hour drive from Chicago, it was my favorite place to bring my family to camp and swim on the nice sand beach while I went out every morning and threw my arm out of it’s socket trying for a beast of a lifetime.
Here is a true fish story I just have to tell. It happened years ago before I started great lakes trolling flies, back in the late 70’s while camping with my family on Little Green Lake.
One morning I went to Radtke’s landing and bait shop located on the S.W. shore of the lake. Gale Radke owner & operator of the bait shop had been there for about nine years. He not only catered to musky hunters, but designed and manufactured some great musky lures. Naturally I bought a few of them myself.
Gale said my best bet for a mount would be to soak a big sucker right in a weed bed, as it was late summer. I had been pounding the water for about three days prior with an array of the usual musky lures with nothing to show but a few small follows. I was ready to take his advice and relax for a change. Back then, catch & release was not a big thing, and musky fisherman were mounting fish of the 20 pound range, and even keeping smaller ones to eat!! ( I would never eat a Musky) I was always after a thirty pounder to mount myself, so I thought I would buy the biggest sucker Gale had in his live bait tank.
I launched my boat and headed out to a nice big weed bed I had scoped out the day before. Took a baseball sized float and attached it to my forty pound braided line above a giant hook attached to a 150 wire leader. Hooked my 15 inch sucker behind its dorsal fin and flipped it out about ten feet in a pocket surrounded by tons of weeds. As close as I could figure, it was about fifteen feet deep, so I set the float about six feet up. Just before the Major ( About 10 A.M.) on the Solonar Tables, my float went out of site! The sucker was so big, I thought I would wait almost an hour before setting the hook. Sitting and waiting by myself and being so excited about a possible mount, it seemed liked three hours before I finally tightened the drag on my reel and gave a big yank! I felt a little resistance but no fish! I pulled in the line and looked at the sucker. The musky stripped off the scales up to the hook., and was about to swallow it, but I guess I set the hook to soon for the size of the bait. I was so pissed off, I pulled up my anchor and headed in. I took the sucker to Gale and he said judging by the teeth marks, the musky would have been over thirty pounds! Probably one of the biggest almost caught that year on Little Green Lake, LOL! Well, there went my mount!
Note: I have never used a sucker or any live bait for musky since then, and never will. I think SUCKER fishing should be banned by the DNR’S of every state. Most musky hunters use artificial lures and practice CPR (catch,photo,release), but many novice musky fisherman still use suckers, and end up killing undersized fish because they don’t no how to land and release a fish properly. Muskies, in many cases swallow the entire sucker and end up with a big steel hook inside their guts, and though they might swim away, end up dead!