By Bill Schultz — Guest Correspondent
I can’t remember the three months of summer going any faster than the time between Memorial Day and this Labor Day Weekend! For all of you who are visitors to Door County and those of us lucky enough to live here, have a great weekend. But, just because it’s Labor Day Weekend, the official end of summer, don’t put those kayaks and that fishing gear away just yet.
September, October and even into November can be some of the best kayaking and kayak fishing of the year. And, you won’t see too many others out on the water. Paddling our beautiful waters in fall is enhanced as the colors start to change on the trees, it can be truly spectacular. Also, most of the fish species will begin to put the feedbag on to fatten up for winter. My one caution is as the water temperatures begin to drop be sure to wear proper cold water clothing and wearing your PFD becomes even more important.
Over the years, some of my best smallmouth bass fishing has come in the fall. Last year in mid-October I had a tremendous week of fishing over a five day period with many smallies from 4 to 6 pounds. The bass usually don’t come in as shallow as in the spring, but, you can find great fishing in that 8 to 15-foot range. My go-to presentation will continue to be the Z-Man Shroomz 1/15th or 1/10th ounce jig with the Z-Man Finesse TRD in Green Pumpkin Goby. I make a long cast and fish it very slowly with occasional twitches. The unique plastic is buoyant and stands up off the bottom, giving it an irresistible look to the smallies.
So, take it from me and don’t put those kayaks and fishing gear away for at least a couple of months. You won’t be disappointed. As always, if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org