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  1. “Professional fish” 😄
  2. July 3, the launch at 135th had every spot full and cars three rows deep into the grass. River was full of tubers. Eaton Preserve packed too with everyone heading to the river. Seeing a lot more tubing, rafting, leisure floating on the Fox too. I’m sure lots trying to beat the heat and spend time outdoors. Kind of a weird summer, to put it mildly! River water is basically pea soup now with the constant heat. Or pee soup, depending at how you look at it! 😉
  3. I know it's not the ISA's, but the sign under ours about the water usage stamps -- those are now defunct, correct? Thanks for posting the yellow signs.
  4. Thanks. Get a Ketch board. Heard they are gonna make an aluminum one now too. https://ketchproducts.com/collections/fresh-water
  5. Scroll to bottom of pages for tournament results: Super Duper: Round 1: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/super-duper-round-1-west-branch-dupage-river Super Duper Round 2: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/super-duper-round-2-west-branch-dupage-river There’s a Fox River kayak fishing tourney this Saturday, June 20: https://tourneyx.com/app/tourney/fantastic-river-fox-fox-river-il
  6. Oof! Ron K. rolling over in his grave. 😢 https://patch.com/illinois/plainfield/village-approves-river-tubing-electric-park Fished a Dupe bass tourney a couple weeks ago. Only six kayak anglers. Anyway, floated from Black Road down to Shepley Road. Lots of tubers from Cottage Street (59) on. Bad down towards Shepley. Drunk and raucous. Saving grace was some nice curvy and rocky runs down that way. Much different than the farm fields of southern Naperville and Plainfield. Worth exploring.
  7. I look forward to plucking those lost DT-4s and 6s out of log jams while kayaking. 🤭 On a serious note, careful on those depths. Squarebills and wake baits will get it done, as will swim jigs and spinnerbaits. Wouldn’t even consider tossing a long bill in our local rivers.
  8. Cool story bro. Nice to read about your adventures.
  9. Sounds worse than it is. It’s literally only a handful of participants. Would be nice to have more interest in local, smallmouth-only tournaments. People are gonna be out fishing anyway!
  10. My brother-in-law is an aquatic biologist with the State of Kentucky and found this beautiful valley flame crayfish in Russell Springs, KY while doing field work on March 16. Thought is was neat looking!
  11. Shifting precipitation patterns, more frequent rainfall. You can read up on it here: https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/clean-water/impacts-rivers/
  12. It certainly is perplexing! I suspect that it’s related to global warming and how the upper Midwest in general is draining. I’ll be surprised if we ever see flows of 900 to 1,200 CFS for extended periods like we were used to. Higher and faster seems to be our new reality. Now if we could only get rid of the dams on the Fox!
  13. That’s a winner for sure! I saw that on the Strike King IG page. Very creative!
  14. Great story. Love that the angler took care of the fish and ensured a healthy release. That is really respectable. Kudos to him! I’d like to see IL have a record for both lake AND river smallmouth. That would better represent the species.
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