I'm sure if we would have downsized our baits a little .........
I wouldn't bet on that either, Bob.
Now I'm no expert on the "east of Momence" section, but I did fish it almost every weekend one summer by boat.
We've had 14 hour days with artificials/live bait,anything we could think of, and only a few fish to show.
I remember spending a day jigging every brushpile in the river looking for gills or crappies and getting skunked.
But then again, we boated a 7lb. Walleye in 100 degree bluebird sky, exactly high noon.