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 Fishing With a Transducer, WI

I recently upgraded to a combo fish finder GPS unit. I was using a suction cup to hold the transducer to the side of the W fishing kayak but I noticed it would create drag and occasionally fall off. I tried several different methods to mount it in the inside of the W and shoot it through the hull, not so successfully. Again sometimes the simplest method works the best. I wish I would have tried this first. On YouTube tube I noticed a installation using duct seal. I purchased 1lb. at under $3.
Simply form a well at the bottom, lay transducer flat to surface , pinch some of the duct seal over it to hold in place. When you start kayaking simply put a slight amount of water in the well you formed to cover bottom of the transducer and start enjoying drag free readings. This duct seal sticks great, is waterproof, remains soft, and is portable. If you want to move it to another W simply peel off and reset it.

John

 

Transducer for fishfinder installed in bottom of fishing kayak hull

fishing kayak rigged with fish finder and transducer in bottom of hull

Wisconsin kayak fisherman showing chunky bass he caught

Pleasant Kayaking in the Mink River Estuary, WI

Jeanne and I took our Wavewalk kayaks to one of our favorite spots in Wisconsin, Door County.

Temps were great, however we dealt with high winds the first couple of days. Wavewalk kayaks make windy days manageable, where as before we may have had to stick to hiking.

We decided to explore inland the first two days, paddling to the Mud Lake Wildlife area. It was a great area to view many varieties of birds and we had the whole area to ourselves! ( Maybe because of the high winds ). In the afternoon I fished some protected bays around the Peninsula State Park.

Day two we ventured out to the Mink River Estuary. We enjoyed beautiful skies and comfortable temps while viewing birds that were hunting for fish in the shallows, they had better success then me. We monitored weather conditions and decided to watch the sunset at Ephraim. The wind diminished slightly but we still had swells to deal with. We donned our life vests and had a spectacular evening. We had no problems with the occasional swells, the Wavewalk kayaks seemed to be in their element staying on top of the waves comfortably. Remember kayakers, always respect Lake Michigan and the Great lakes…safety first.

The last morning the seas cooperated and turned to glass. We were able to paddle out to Cave Point and enjoy what seemed to be the best water visibility we have ever had in this area.

It was a great vacation and it was made even more enjoyable by the views from our Wavewalks.

John

 

Door county kayak trip, Wisconsin

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Door county kayak trip, Wisconsin

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Lake Michigan

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Quality vs. Quantity…

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Stretching and relaxing after long hours of paddling

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Two fishing kayaks beached, Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county kayak fishing trip,Wisconsin, Lake Michigan

Door county map

Kayak Fishing in the Oconomowoc River, WI

We decided to get some kayaking in today because the weather was perfect here in Wisconsin. Today we paddled the Kettle Moraine Loew lake unit – Oconomowoc river.

We tried a little fishing and my brother caught his first fish in a Wavewalk.

He said that these kayaks make pretty good fishing vessels…

I said you don’t have to tell me that!

We also had to do the “limbo” today to get under a bridge. Don’t try this in a conventional kayak! It may be difficult to keep your balance laying down and getting up again.

John

 

More about the Wavewalk Fishing Kayak >

Steve's first bass in a Wavewalk fishing kayak

Oconomowoc river fishing

limbo in a wavewalk fishing kayak

limbo in a wavewalk fishing kayak

large mouth bass in a Wavewalk

kayaking the Oconomowoc river