Time for Some Kayak Fishing

It’s been a cool spring, but, a warm-up is coming and with it warmer water temperatures.  This should turn on the smallmouth bass fishing, which, has been slow so far this year.


One great thing about Door County is that even if the smallies have lockjaw, the beauty makes it a pleasure to be on the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  I’ve been out over the past week in both my Jackson Kayak Kraken 13.5 as well as my boat.  The fishing has been decent, but, not what it usually is.


As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve had success with the Ned Rig, a finesse presentation with a light 1/15th or 1/10th ounce jig with the Z-Man Finesse TRD.  All the colors can work, but, the best is Green Pumpkin Goby.  For the first time this spring I’ve also used the Keitech Fat Swing Swimbait with success.  I like the 3.3 inch and 3.8 inch and swim it slow and steady on a lighter jig.  Both of these presentations will add to your success.  And, I hope you practice catch and release and try not to catch smallies as they guard beds!


Looking at equipment, I have to revisit your paddle choice and the weight of that paddle.  Many don’t realize how a lighter paddle can make your time on the water more fun.  I use the 30 ounce mark as what you should try for.  And, yes, lighter paddles do cost more, but, there are some very good paddles out there in the 30 ounce range under $200.  Remember, you’ll be using that paddle for years.  In fact, I’d suggest in proportion, spend more on the paddle than kayak.  Check out paddles at one of our Door County outfitters.


With warmer temps and fishing picking up, it’s time to get on the water.  And, as always, if you have any questions, email me at

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