We Asked Our Pro Team Where Their Favorite Local Kayak Fishing Spot Is

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Since our National ProStaff and Ambassador team members are the kayak fishing experts, we wanted to find out where they love to fish in their own area.

kayak angler at Bayou Cumbest, Mississippi, at sunset

Fishing Mississippi’s Bayou Cumbest (photo courtesy of Jeff Jones)

We got answers from three different parts of the United States. If you live near one of these areas, you’ll want to check out these spots:

Turnip Rock (Michigan)

Rob Wright is on our National ProStaff team. He lives in the Detroit area and loves to fish and kayak in Saginaw Bay—the bay that forms Michigan’s mitten shape.

Rob says, “My favorite paddling spot has to be Turnip Rock. Turnip Rock is a small stack in the beautiful waters of Lake Huron. I love being able to paddle around some of Michigan’s most beautiful landscapes and, at the same time, enjoy some of the best smallmouth bass waters I’ve ever fished.”

Rob Wright with his Bending Branches paddle kayaks to Turnip Rock

Rob kayaks to Michigan’s Turnip Rock (photo courtesy of Rob Wright)

Turnip Rock sits just off the shore at the very tip of Michigan’s “thumb.” It’s what’s known as a sea stack—a geological rock formation that’s been separated from the main shoreline by wave erosion.

Kayaking the water trail along the shoreline to Turnip Rock is one of the most popular things to do in that area. If you want to head there to fish or kayak, though, remember—Lake Huron is BIG water. Be sure to check the forecast, be in the right kind of kayak and know your limitations.

map of Turnip Rock

Turnip Rock is at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb”

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Great Miami River (Ohio)

Brad Hicks is a Branches Regional Ambassador from the greater Dayton, Ohio area, and host of “The Final Cast” segment on Paddle N Fin podcast.

Brad Hicks kayak fishes on Great Miami River in Dayton, OH

Brad kayak fishing on the Great Miami River in Dayton (photo courtesy of Brad Hicks)

His favorite local kayak fishing spot is the Great Miami River. “I love rivers and the Great Miami has great fishing. I enjoy catching smallmouth bass out of it,” he says. “There’s something truly unique about a river that goes from rural to urban within a matter of miles. It’s a pretty cool setting.”

This page on the Great Miami Riverway website lists all the launches and dams along this 156-mile river. It eventually feeds into the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

map of Great Miami River running through Dayton, OH

The Great Miami River offers both urban and rural fishing

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Bayou Cumbest (Mississippi)

Jeff Jones is a Branches Regional Ambassadors from the Mobile, Alabama area. He named his favorite day trip spot as one just across the border into Mississippi—Bayou Cumbest.

He says, “The Bayou is home to a multitude of species. On any given day you could catch speckled trout, redfish, flounder, tarpon, striped bass and largemouth bass.”

Jeff Jones fishes from his kayak at Bayou Cumbest, Mississippi

Jeff fishes Bayou Cumbest (photo courtesy of Jeff Jones)

A bayou can be a slow-moving creek, or a swampy section of a river or lake. They can be salt water, fresh water or a combo of the two and are usually shallow. (source)

Bayou Cumbest is one of the combo type, and is influenced by the tides since it feeds directly into Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Besides the main waterway are many connected marshes and swamps.

map with Bayou Cumbest circled

Bayou Cumbest is in the very southeast corner of Mississippi

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We hope this has given you more ideas of where to kayak fish, especially if you live near one of these favored spots!

Do you have paddle questions our friendly Customer Service Team can help you with today? Contact them: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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