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Joe R

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  1. I will be family camping at sugar river county park with in laws for a few nights starting Saturday , location influenced by my selfish desire to fish sugar and rock. Couldn't imagine fishing there though will be a serious river blowout anything originating way north Illinois or Wisconsin. Crazy I recently fished turtle creek in Wisconsin at about 130 cfs and now it's like 3000 cfs
  2. Boone county Fair with wife is current plans. I fished south branch today upriver. Wow very very low could use some rain. Lots of dead moss coming up from bottom now floating on top very irratating.
  3. Nice. Guess I missed this one, was traveling anyways. That stained thing seems to be going on with some other streams longer then usual.
  4. I sized up bought a 11 instead of 10. Used them for first time this evening not very good in mud but I'm going to love them for the right scenarios since super light and comfy and will be good for hot weather. They will dry very quickly.
  5. Rivers and lakes for pike and largemouth I always carry a few bladed chatter jigs with large grub or swimbait trailers. Especially if water is stained or there is weeds present. Smallies fishing I never throw bladed jigs, there are better options. Something about that blade thumping can really trigger reaction strikes though....
  6. I just tossed a pair of my wading boots in garbage yesterday falling apart not fixable. How is the sizing on these boots just right or size up or down?
  7. I bought a Sportrack SR 1002 roof rack to toss on my older Corolla. Its not Aero but its all metal and its solid and most importantly grabs the car so well there is no way it can come off. For SOTs they are flat top for the most part all I do is flip the yak over so hull is up and I lay it on top of cross bars. I have rubber wrapped around the cross bars. I use good yakima straps and a good method of strapping the yak down I could drive 80mph into a 20mph wind no worries. Rock solid. No way I would pay $450 dollars for a yakima or thule roof rack plus 100-200 for a kayak holder, its not necessary. The SportracK crossbars I bought was $120 at the time. https://www.walmart.com/ip/SportRack-SR1002-Square-Crossbar-Bare-Roof-Rack-System-50-5-Inches-Black/23578463
  8. I use simple cheap and super light mesh lumbar back supports in my kayaks. Not fantastic but I find it does help. https://www.walmart.com/ip/2-Cool-Vent-Cushion-Mesh-Back-Lumber-Support-Car-Office-Chair-Truck-Seat-Black/185116845?athcpid=185116845&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVAV&athieid=v0&athstid=CS020&athguid=7b3ccc2d-aae-16afc11f8ae136&athena=true
  9. Rather odd rivers that I fish mainly like Kish and Des plaines, and tribs, can go to summer time levels in winter. They can get very low which in skinnier parts can be a challenge to fish in harshest winters. Looking at long term graphs for V this doesn't seem to be the case. Just odd. Like you said looking at this more you have to be careful with refercing median for V it's such a seasonal river certainly not the norm for northern Illinois rivers. It's not like there are gates holding water back like on the fox where they may drain down the chain of lakes seasonally.
  10. Manny do you know why the vermilion varies so much? All local rivers vary seasonally do but why vermilion more so? Usually you can associate gradient to faster draining rivers. Last two fall trips passing through to and from Iowa i waded leonore gauge at 3.8ft other time was 4.4ft both were manageable. Another time when I was passing through it was close to 6ft and I didn't bother to stop for that.
  11. Common sense always prevails but who steps into a danger river to wade. You assess the situation when you get there. Wading is relative and wading may just be creating casting distance and not getting into water very deep. Main point is if you have no intelligence on a river and you were considering a general rule of thumb can be look at median gauge. For the vermillion I've only been a few times and I actually write down on paper gauge heights when I fished.
  12. Best advice is what Bart says ...in general if you don't know the water well just reference the median or the mean level of historical river levels/flow for that particular day. Once you get above the mean and nearing the 75% percentile chances are water will be stirred up and stained and not worth fishing anyways https://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd
  13. Does anyone know the true laws with respect to Illinois laws and non navigable waterways? Most small rivers and streams are considered non navigable in private lands and my understanding is private land owners own the river bottom and banks so in theory you are trespassing. Questions.. Is it considered trespassing if you are in a kayak floating through private land areas? What about bridge areas does anyone know if there is some leeway laws where space around bridge is never considered private land? For example if you stay within like 20 feet of bridge for example.
  14. Wow long outing on a tough weather day! Sorry I didn't make it for the early outing I didnt free up in time but I did float the Kish one way from 3 to dusk that day on one of the branches in private water areas. Very surprised have to say it was probably my best day smallie fishing in Illinois not from a total fish count but from an average size perspective I'm assuming breeders on the feedbag moving up river. Caught a lot of fish couldn't care to count but I don't think any were under 13". Any area i thought would come contain smallies yielded 2 or 3. Unusual to have such predictable fishing I don't think any fish passed up the opportunity and they made multiple efforts.
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