2021:  It's Time to Get Back on the Water in our Kayaks!


Spring is here and we have over 300 miles of amazing shoreline in Door County to enjoy in our kayaks this season.  Each year I see more and more kayakers on the water and plenty of kayaks on the tops of vacation vehicles heading into Door County and up the peninsula!


Each year as I begin my bi-weekly kayak and kayak fishing articles, I feel it’s extremely important to touch on safety.  It’s been a cool spring, with water temperatures in the 50’s and low 60’s.  Be sure to wear your PFD, put your phone in a plastic waterproof bag, wear proper clothing and tell someone where you plan to kayak, especially if you’re alone.  Also, be aware of the weather conditions.  In Door County the wind can shift quickly, making conditions dangerous.  Personally, I stay close to shore.


Through the 2021 season, I will be touching on many kayak-related topics.  We’ll look at selecting the right kayak and paddle, great places to launch, rigging, transporting your kayak, and tips on kayak fishing.  For additional information, there are Facebook groups like Wisconsin Kayaking, Kayaking Wisconsin and for you anglers, the Wisconsin Kayak Fishing Club.  Questions are welcome and group members love giving answers.


Spring is a great time for you kayak anglers to get out and chase smallmouth bass.  To help protect our fishery, I strongly suggest you practice catch, photograph, and release.  Also, with the spawn starting it is very important to not disturb those male smallies on a nest guarding their brood.  This too will protect and enhance our fishery for future years.  Having just written a nest fishing feature for Badger Sportsman magazine, I can tell you that even catching and releasing a nesting smallie will still result in 50 to 100% loss of the brood from that nest.


Over the past five years of doing my articles, I’ve had more and more kayakers email me with questions, which I’m very happy to respond to.  You can email me at  I hope you have a great year of kayaking fun!

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