By Bill Schultz
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 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 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, which holds small. Launching at the Sister Bay Park puts you on smallies both north and south. There’s a great launch at Garrett’s Bay that gets you on the bass there and Hedgehog Harbor. On the Lake Michigan side for a few dollars you can launch at Cole’s Rowleys Bay Cabins and get out on Rowleys Bay and the Mink River. The bays farther south all have places to launch and hold smallies, but, just 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. If you have any questions, I’m always happy to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.