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

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17 inch bucket mouth bass
17 inch bucketmouth

 

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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

 

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Nice perch

 

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First crappie of the season

Kayak Bass Fishing In Early December, In Connecticut

The following kayak fishing report was posted by Rox Davis earlier this month on the W fishing kayaks blog. Rox is one of the world’s finest kayak bass anglers. BTW, now all fresh water in New England is pretty much under ice… –

How can I complain, it’s December 6th, and I’m still fishing out of my yak, the W500.
Today I fished rainbow Reservoir. I left the motor home and paddled… halfway to my spot I was thinking… I’m an idiot, yep certifiable. The motor would have been soooooooo much quicker, and easier. rolleyes
Any who………….I got the the waters edge at 10:45 am, reached my spot at 11:20 am…………frigging winds.   :)
Water was stained, dark tea, 44 to 46 degrees, and the current was ripping.
Winds were light to 10 mph.
They are drawing down water, it dropped a good 4′ by the time I left at 2:30 pm.
Light rain fell almost the whole time I was fishing.
Which was fine, I have my new rain gear, and I was dry as a bone.
Tossed a deep diving crank, chewing the bottom up good with nothing to show for it.
Tossed the blade bait, nada, plus I left 3 of them on the bottom snagged to what ever lurks in there.
Pulled out my paddle tail on a 1/8oz and 1/4oz jig heads.
The 1/4oz had a smoke colored PT, and the 1/8oz a shad colored PT.

I would cast upstream, and bump bottom all the way back to me.
Lost many to snags……. banghead
But when I would make contact, and pop that jig off of it, Thump!
Every time. cha
I moved around quite a bit, but the faster water produced the Bigger Smallies, the slower side perch and smaller smallies.
I ended the day with 8 perch, some were ready to pop they were so fat, and 12 Smallies.

Life Is Good!
Tight lines and MoPaddle safe all.
Rox

Rainbow reservoir, CT, Rox' preferred lake for kayak fishingSmallie caught in rainbow reservoir on kayak fishing tripPerch caught in Rainbow reservoir, CT, Rox' favorite kayak fishing placeSmall mouth bass caught at Rainbow reservoir, Rox' favorite kayak fishing spot

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
kayak bass fishing in cold November, Wisconsin
Bass caught in kayak, Wisconsin November 2010. It’s cold!