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Camp ISA Weekend: 10/2 - 10/3

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Myself and a few other ISA members have been discussing the idea of doing a float camping trip on the Kishwaukee River.

It has been decided that camping at Larsen's in New Milford, IL. would be our best choice.

It has also been decided that this event should be opened to all members whether you choose to float and/or wade.

I have already notified Larson's of the this event and they are looking forward to our arrival.

We are set up for Friday night and Saturday night.

 

Camping cost is $10.00 per night plus the cost of fire wood.

Bring you own food and drink, or...... there are about 5 restaurants/taverns near by if you so choose to go that route.

Larsen's does have canoe & kayak rentals for those interested, and also a livery service for a cost that I am not sure of.

You can contact Steve Larson here > https://www.facebook.com/canoethekish

 

If you have any questions let me know and I will try to find the right answer.

If you have any suggestions that you feel might make this event more enjoyable for all, please share.

 

Winter is drawing near. Why not spend a weekend of smallmouth fishing with your fellow ISA members?

 

Camp ISA Weekend: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3.

 

This is an RSVP event.

 

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Count me in!

 

You are counted.

When do you plan to arrive, Friday or Saturday?

I plan to be there both Friday and Saturday nights.

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I will stay Friday and Saturday nights. I reserved a Kayak from him as well.

I spoke to Rocktown about renting a vessel. Thinking they may have better choices of craft. Would not livery one customer. Minimum of four.

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PUSH....

 

Myself and a few other ISA members have been discussing the idea of doing a float camping trip on the Kishwaukee River.

It has been decided that camping at Larsen's in New Milford, IL. would be our best choice.

It has also been decided that this event should be opened to all members whether you choose to float and/or wade.

I have already notified Larson's of the this event and they are looking forward to our arrival.

We are set up for Friday night and Saturday night.

 

Camping cost is $10.00 per night plus the cost of fire wood.

Bring you own food and drink, or...... there are about 5 restaurants/taverns near by if you so choose to go that route.

Larsen's does have canoe & kayak rentals for those interested, and also a livery service for a cost that I am not sure of.

You can contact Steve Larson here > https://www.facebook.com/canoethekish

 

If you have any questions let me know and I will try to find the right answer.

If you have any suggestions that you feel might make this event more enjoyable for all, please share.

 

Winter is drawing near. Why not spend a weekend of smallmouth fishing with your fellow ISA members?

 

Camp ISA Weekend: Friday, October 2 & Saturday, October 3.

 

This is an RSVP event.

 

 

Terry Dodge - Friday & Saturday nights.

Jim Wright - Friday & Saturday nights.

 

Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

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Yes cmon! The Bears stink. The Hawks don't begin regular season play until the 20th. The Sox will be done. It can be quite the quality opportunity to bend your rod on a large Bronze Brutus!

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I really want to, but cannot commit on this one yet. I usually get all of 2 days to plan any free time I find myself with. It sure would help my cause to bring along my 2 and a half year old weather permitting, what are your thoughts on this Terry?

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I really want to, but cannot commit on this one yet. I usually get all of 2 days to plan any free time I find myself with. It sure would help my cause to bring along my 2 and a half year old weather permitting, what are your thoughts on this Terry?

 

It's a free country, do want you want. Just keep that kid on a stringer. :o

 

Although, Larson's is not really a family friendly establishment. There could be some NIU nuts staying there at the same time, and from I understand about

college students, I wouldn't be surprised to see them consume a can of beer or two. Just so you know.

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Yea that's not really the scene I'm looking for when camping. appreciate the info though.

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Steve,I can,t camp but can I still fish with you guys,I have wanted to fish the kish for a long time and I would like to come on Sat,is that OK.Thanks Dan.

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Steve,I can,t camp but can I still fish with you guys,I have wanted to fish the kish for a long time and I would like to come on Sat,is that OK.Thanks Dan.

 

Steve?

 

I'm sure we can work out something.

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I regret to say I can't attend. no choice but to move out of state travels to that fri-sunday weekend as taking my daughter for a college visit and then stopping to see my son at college in iowa. just the way the dates had to line up that fit for them.

 

i will be fishing moving waters until not navigable due to ice so i'm open to fishing other weekends in that awesome region of many moving waters both big and small. as long as they are reasonably safe from hunters. i already had a close call with farmers shooting riverside a couple weeks ago. practicing i guess. last nov/dec i dealt with duck hunters more than i wanted to.

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I can,t camp but can I still fish with you guys,I have wanted to fish the kish for a long time and I would like to come on Sat,is that OK.Thanks Dan.

 

 

We'll be floating in kayaks on Saturday. Wading on Friday and Sunday.

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Too bad we couldn't get any more participation on this. Oh well, it's the first year in many to come. (I hope)

If any of you NW Region guys are free, feel free to stop by for some campfire chat. I think it's pretty dark by 7:30pm.

Hell, I even thinkin' 'bout bringing my fiddle.

Hope this wind dies down.

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CAMP ISA

In attendance - Jim Wright. Terry Dodge

Friday 10.2.15 - We met at camp right around 11am.

Unloaded our gear and began to setup camp.

We had the property at Larsons Landing to ourselves.

After setting camp we pulled on our waders and stepped foot

in water to checkout the flow of the Kishwaukee River around the

camping area. The wind was blowing strong and the bite would started off tough.

I believe we ended the first days outing as listed ~

Jim - 6 smallies with the largest at 14.5"

Terry - 3 smallies the largest at 17"

We enjoyed skirt steaks and a can of pork & beans for dinner

Pics from first day....

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Saturday 10.3.15 - We started the morning off with chef Jim perking up

a damn good pot of coffee followed by a mean egg scram/bacon skillet.

After chow we loaded up out yaks and headed up stream fer enough so as

to be able to to float the entire day back to the camp-site.

Fishing and floating would both prove to be very tough on this 2nd day as

the strong wind just refused to subside.

​I guess I should mention that the air temp during our camping trip wasn't all

that favorable either.

Both Jim and myself got blanked during the float until we hit the lower Kish area

just up-stream of our camp.

The numbers were as such (Jim you may correct me if I'm wrong)

Jim 9 with the largest @ 17"

Terry 6 with the largest @ maybe 10 inches.

We tore up some brats and sauerkraut for dinner.

Pics from day 2.....

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Sunday 10.4.15 ~ Kind of got off to a later start to the day, but

after filling our bellies with more eggs and bacon

we broke camp and headed out for one last wade. We decided to stick to

the campground area as this area seems to be where the fish are at.

On this day Jim would breakout his fly rod and hook into the first fish of the day.

Again the wind was strong, the air temp mid 50's, and the fishing was tough.

I was tossing a tube and could find no action at all. I switched to a topwater

and got one blow-up

Numbers for day 3....

Jim 3 with the largest @ 11.5"

Terry 1 @ 17'5"

Pics of the day....

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It was a fun weekend even though the weather and fishing could have been better.

I look forward to trying this again in 2016 but will be shooting for a date in September.

Thanks to Jim for attending and playing the role of chef for the weekend.

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Indeed! A really fun time!!

Despite tough fishing conditions.

This was the first time I had fished the Kish. Although we came up dry on the float, the scenery was wonderful. Fall colors were just beginning. Lots of different kinds of birds. I could not get over how clear the Kish's waters are. Really cool. I definitely liked the kayak experience. Floating can allow for an easier elimination of bad water. Terry really knows his water and generously offered up his knowledge. Thanks for taking point on this outing. Nice pics too.

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Bummed I couldn't make this, looked like a great time. Fishing aside the ISA camaraderie always makes these events a good time and you'll definitely walk away with more knowledge of this river than you had to start. Lets do another in the spring.

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