Northern Wisconsin Kayak Fishing Report Week 1

May 2-8, 2021




My first client of the year was Lee B.  Lee has a cabin in the area and loves kayak fishing out of his sleek and fast Current Designs Kestral.  I must say there was no keeping up to Lee when he wanted to head to a new spot!

It’s always a blessing when you are a guide and you fish with good anglers.  Lee is a good angler and I think he has a bit of luck on his side as well!

Lee and I fished one day and covered two great small lakes. We caught both smallmouth and largemouth bass, plus a huge crappie!

Tactics -Tip’s, and Lures

Lee and worked shoreline structure including brush and docks.  What was working best was pitching Senko’s up in cover and slowly twitched out to the edges of cover.  Fishing slow was the key. We did manage a smallie that hit the 20-inch mark.  A white paddle tail thrown over a rock bar proved too much for the big girl to handle!


Jim E. and Leslie were very special clients for me to be able to fish with! Jim was my neighbor when I was a little shooter!  He and his brother Greg were a few years older than me, they were always hunting and fishing and treated me like a little brother!  Leslie, worked with her family at their family fishing lodge in remote Saskatchewan!  She not only had great stories, but she is also a great angler!

Again, the cold weather slowed the fishing down from a week ago.  Jim, Leslie, and I fished two days and four lakes. Despite the cold front we still managed to catch a good assortment of largemouth, smallmouth, and northern pike.  In fact our last afternoon we really found a great pike bite!

Tactics -Tip’s, and Lures

We fished the shoreline structure.  Some of our best bass came from flipping finesse and creature baits right up under floating bog sections of the lake. Leslie was on fire using a YUM Dinger fished wacky style.  Jimbo. ( as I have always known him)  through custom-made creature baits by my buddy Marty Kwick. Jim Did well and I am pretty sure he caught the biggest bass of the trip.

The pike bite was a bit of luck!  We were trying our luck on a mid-lake weed bed that had the deepest trough on the lake.  Being a small shallow lake this trough was still just eight feet deep.  It normally produces some big bass.  Not this time.  The pike had invaded the area and we caught and lost many pike over about two hours.  Amazing the fight they give you when fishing light tackle from a kayak!

By the way, don’t let the pike get the best of you!