Every year one of our annual trips to to Big Green Lake to try to get some Lake Trout. Our skills have improved over the years but I will admit that some people have been out there several times and have never landed a Lake Trout. This year we have created some additional options for those on a serious quest.
Option one is to go out with a Guide by the name of Justin Kohn. I have seen him on the ice of several years and that guy is always on fish. If the bite slows down, he moves his clients in an efficient way and you are back to fishing in no time. He will teach you jigging techniques, what to look for on the electronics and you will be in the comfort of a heated hard sided shack. He usually ends up catching some either species as well. The cost for this is $100 per person which includes a ride out. Spots are limited.
Option two is to get a ride out with Dennis Walker and fish in one of his heated fish houses. He tries to keep his houses on fish, but they do not get moved during the course of the day. Dennis does have some equipment that you can use, but it would be good to bring your own.
Option three is on your own. You bring your own gear and transportation. We will be getting some starting points from Justin, but then we are on our own. The best way to get fish on the ice is to move if needed. There is a possibility of a ride out on to the ice by Dennis Walker for a small fee. Do not plan to drive onto the ice as the ice may or may not be thick enough. Those that can remain mobile and adjust their position will find more success.
Big Green Lake is really deep and clear. You better have a lot of line on your tip ups and a long fluorocarbon leader. Last year Cisco were the best bait on a tip up but the only way to get some is to catch them yourself. Shiners work as well or jig with artificial baits. More information on bait choice will be given to those that are registered.
Out of my many trips to Big Green, one stands out as the best where Robin, Holly and I met out there for an afternoon of fishing. I wrote a story about that adventure and you can read all about it here. http://iceteamfishing.com/Pub/IceTeam-Digital-2-14/
One of our members has a house right on the Lake and has invited us to a Chili feed and invited those from out of town to stay over if they want. Communications between members is conducted on our members only facebook page.
Here is the link to register. Pick the one you want. I will be there with my flip over searching for the big ones. Hope to see you there. As always, you must be a member of WI Women Fish to attend.