Good season for bass in Wisconsin

John from Milwaukee, WI went on several fishing trips this season. He was fishing mainly for bass, and his favorite lures this year were frogs.





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Big largemouth bass caught on a frog lure, in Michigan Upper Peninsula



17 inch bucket mouth bass
17 inch bucketmouth


bass caught on a frog lure
Another largemouth bass caught on a frog in Fox River, WI


John caught some other fish as well, such as this nice longear sunfish –

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Longear sunfish


Nice perch


First crappie of the season

First Kayak Bass Fishing Trip of the 2012 Season, By Rox Davis

Rox is undoubtedly one of the finest bass yakkers in America. Read more about kayak fishing for bass >>

I finally got out in my W500 for the first trip of the season in my yak.
I launched at 10:30 am at lake Congamond in Southwick Massachusetts.
Today was a picture perfect day.
Slight wind with sunny skies, I was hoping for some clouds, but they didn’t show up until the end of my day.
Water temps were 43 degrees to 47.8 degrees, and gin clear.

Long story short, I threw everything but the kitchen sink.
Though I had 3 Bass follow my jerk bait all the way to the boat, but they just wouldn’t commit and bite it.
I caught 5 pickerels, and only small bass.
I called it quits at about 3:30pm.

I was paddling through the flats, an area where the water is 2’ to 8’ deep, and decided to give one more lure a try.
I had a little mepps inline spinner in brown trout color, tied onto 8’ test floro.
I cast it almost to shore and retrieved it back to me slowly.
That picked me up a couple more small Bass, but not what I was looking for.

I made a cast up shallow next to a dock, and as the spinner came past the very end………….BAM!!! Fish On!!
I had a head shaking fool, running for deep water.
Now I’m getting my first tow of the season, as she turns and heads straight at me……………
I’m reeling in the slack line as fast as I can to catch up to her, and up she comes for my first tail Dance of the season.
She dives under my W500 and Pops out the other side, my pole dipped down under water hoping she would pop off.
She surges back out for the shallows on the dock I pulled her from.
I pull her up towards the surface, back towards my yak, and into my net.

Now this is what I was Looking for, 3.5 lbs fat healthy Large Mouth Bass.

large mouth bass - first kayak fishing trip of 2012Called it a day after that, and headed home.
A side note, I picked up another motor, a 2003 2hp Honda 4 stroke.
After it gets a tune up, I’ll be making another video.

Life Is Good.

Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.

Minnesota Kayak Fishing Trip Report

This is a reprint of an amazing fishing report published on Minnyaks ,  Minnesota Kayak Fishing blog:

Our opening trip of the 2011 fishing season was a success!

Weather was lousy, but that made for good fishing. We caught and ate a lot of crappies, caught and released a lot of bass and northern pike. Didn’t really fish much for walleyes, but managed to catch and eat a few anyway. The W500 was really fun to fish from. I was able to go anywhere I wanted, and was never tired, even after hours of fishing. Trolling, casting, bobber fishing, and fly fishing were all easily managed. We tried transporting the ‘W’ with our ‘mother ship’, our 18′ bay boat. It was too easy! The long run into the wind to the fishing spot took only a few minutes! We will be doing that again. All in all, I can honestly say that fishing from the ‘W’ was one of my more memorable fishing experiences to date!


18' motorboat carrying W fishing kayak on boardGood size northern pike landed in fishing kayakbig large mouth bass landed in fishing kayak - Minnesotastringer of fish caught by Minnesota kayak angler

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The MinnYaks Kayak Fishing Fleet in Action - Minnesota

Another Kayak Fishing Trip in Colder Water, Wisconsin, November

The temps hit sixties so we decided to go out on a little lake that is only accessible by smaller craft. This lake can be a challenge to get to sometimes because of the bogs that have to be crossed.

The Wavewalk is the perfect answer for this challenge. We crossed several obstacles easily with the Wavewalk technique. Again, the dry entry that’s made possible by the W’s design is so important this time of year.

The reward was that we had the entire lake to ourselves all day. I thought I would go after some crappies, but the bass kept hitting. The water was 47 degrees with very light South winds. I tried to locate crappie in deeper water and started to get light hits that turned out to be small perch. I started getting action in 15 to 20 feet of water from the largemouth so I continued to fish that depth for a couple of hours and had a fun day. The bass really fought hard for this time of the year. But maybe they always did I don’t know because I have never fished for bass this time of year. the only reason I had this opportunity is because of the great weather and Wavewalk kayaks. The W’s have really lengthened my fishing season.

John Fabina, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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lauching a fishing kayak, and staying dry and snug…
Fishing kayak going over obstacles in cold water, Wisconsin, November
Hopping with a fishing kayak over obstacles in cold water, November, Wisconsin
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Bass caught in kayak, Wisconsin November 2010. It’s cold!