By Bill Schultz
It’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer. But, fall in Door County can be the best time of the year for kayaking and kayak fishing!
When you take all the beauty of the bluffs and beaches, and add the fall colors, it just doesn’t get any better than that. And, over the next couple of months as the water begins to cool, those big smallmouth bass and other species will start their feeding binge to get ready for winter. So, from late September through mid-November fishing will improve and you could have a shot at catching, photographing and releasing a real trophy.
During summer, many of those big smallies have gone deeper, but, once the water begins to cool, they will start roaming and coming into shallower water making fishing for them from a kayak easier. I’ll be on the water several times this fall using two presentations I’ve talked about before. One is the Ned Rig with the Z-Man Finesse TRD and TRD TubeZ soft plastic lures. The other is swimming a Kalin’s Lunker Grub on a jig. Both should provide lots of action this fall.
I kayak fish from Jackson Kayaks and use Bending Branches and Aqua-Bound paddles. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your fishing or recreational kayak and paddle, this is a great time to check out one of our local outfitters. They will be having great sales on un-sold inventory and demo boats and paddles.
On a cautionary note, as the water cools, please be aware of weather conditions. Always wear your PFD, take your phone in a waterproof bag and let someone know where you are fishing or paddling.
So, don’t put that kayak away yet! As always, if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.