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Don't Put Your Kayak Away Yet! -- Kayaking Series VII

We all know that Door County is one of the premier locations in the Midwest to view those amazing fall colors.  And I can tell you from personal experience enjoying them from the water is great!  So, don’t put your kayak away yet; there’s great kayaking all fall and into November if the weather cooperates.  I’ve talked about places to launch in Door County and in fall I’d suggest the two launches at Peninsula State Park, which will put you on some great water to view the colors on Eagle Bluff.  I also enjoy the colors and kayaking in and around Ellison Bay Bluff.  But there’s not a bad place to kayak and view the colors in Door County!


I’ve talked about this in the past, but as we got into summer, many of the bigger smallmouth bass go deeper, which is a challenge for anglers in boats or kayaks.  However, as the water cools, those smallies begin to come back in shallower.  Probably not as shallow as in the spring, but in a normal fall, you’ll find them in that 8 to 20-foot range.  For my fall fishing, I’m still using the Ned Rig with buoyant soft plastics, 2.5-inch tubes, and smaller soft plastic swimbaits.   


Two points of caution with fall kayaking and fishing from a kayak.  Be sure to wear proper cold weather gear and be sure to check the forecast related to the wind.  I’m only kayaking and fishing close to shore just in case of an emergency.  Also, always wear your PFD no matter what time of year you are on the water!


It’s been great sharing my thoughts about kayaking and kayak fishing with you again this year, and, as always, if you have any questions email me at



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