It’s Memorial Day Weekend in one of the most beautiful vacation spots in the country. And, with over 300 miles of shoreline on Green Bay and Lake Michigan, a kayaker’s nirvana to enjoy paddling, and, for the anglers, outstanding fishing.
It’s been a cool spring, with water temperatures in many locations as cold as 50 degrees, so, when you take to the water in your kayak take precautions. Be sure to wear your PFD, put your phone in a plastic waterproof bag, wear proper clothing in case you tip, and, be sure to tell someone where you’re launching and will be kayaking. Also, be aware of the weather conditions. In Door County, the wind can shift quickly making conditions dangerous. With the big water and quick weather changes, I stay close to shore.
Now that I’ve touched on some important safety tips, it’s time to get on the water and enjoy kayaking. Top to bottom, there are no bad places to paddle your kayak or kayak fish in Door County, you are surrounded by beauty everywhere. And, there are dozens of kayak and boat launches throughout the county, with many roads that dead-end at the water’s edge where you can launch, just be sure to park your vehicle off the road.
For you anglers, and especially us smallmouth bass anglers, the water will be warming, with smallies heading to the shallows to spawn. You should have good luck from Little Sturgeon Bay all the way to Gills Rock, as well as several spots on the lakeside. As always, I hope you catch, take a nice picture and release that smallie. Or, as the Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance signs say, “Free the Fighter”. Also, please don’t try to catch smallies that are guarding a bed.
If you are new to kayaking, there are several kayak outfitters in the county who would be happy to guide you. And, I am always happy to answer your questions. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.