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Launching Your Kayak for Door County Smallies

With over 300 miles of shoreline there are plenty of places to launch your kayak
to find Door County smallmouth bass.  Here are a few great places to launch
where you can find smallies to catch and release this time of year. Most kayak anglers stay close to shore, where, in shallower water and around docks you’ll always find fish.  Although, they tend to be smaller, but, still fun. Bigger fish can be found in deeper, 8 to 20-foot depths.

I suggest heading north from Sturgeon Bay and a good starting point is launching
at Murphy Park and fishing Horseshoe Bay to the north. There are many roads in
Door County that dead-end at the water making great access points to good
fishing.  Along White Cliff Road going north out of Egg Harbor there are several of
these roads that get you onto the east shore of Egg Harbor and south end of
Juddville Bay, nice locations to find smallies.

In Peninsula Park, there’s a great kayak launch at Tennison Bay.  Launching at the Sister Bay Park puts you on smallies both north and south.  There’s a nice launch at Garrett’s Bay that gets you on the bass there and Hedgehog Harbor. On the Lake Michigan side is the free DNR launch for Rowleys Bay.  The bays farther south all have places to launch and hold smallies, however, not in the numbers you see on the Green Bay side.

If you are looking to do some Door County kayak fishing, use these tips, but, also
get on Google Maps to find those roads that dead-end at the water and other
access points. The wonderful thing about Door County is that even if the fish
aren’t biting, you are kayaking in some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable,
a real bonus. And, our Door County smallmouth bass get a tremendous amount of fishing pressure, so, please practice catch and release!  If you have any questions, I’m always happy to help at

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