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Old 05-10-2012, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First off I'd like to say that this site is well constructed. Me and my nephew would love to hit some spots on the river targeting some smallmouth. First time fishing the river, what type of techniques should I use? What type of lures live bait would be smart to pack in my box? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Smallie reports have been sporadic the past couple years on the Kank... Try the old tube jig... crawfish colors like brown or orange...
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Depends on where exactly you will be fishing.

Out by the State Park I have seen anglers pull smallmouth on nearly everything. It really depends on the depth you're fishing, clarity of water, temperature of water...etc..

Overall some good lures would include Rapala, Rebel Crawfish (nothing TOO BIG), mainly any assortment of crankbaits that range in a natural color of food for the smallmouth. The Kankakee River is filled with Crayfish, therefore a crayfish color is ideal when fishing.
Mepps Spinners as well as spinnerbaits have been working quite well already this year as well!

Once you find one smallie, you'll generally will come across more in that area.

Due to the heavey rain we had about 5 days ago , the river has come up and clarity got worse but it's starting to look better therefore early next week (As long as no rain) the smallmouth action should be ideal, especialy with the consistant warm weather we have been having!

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Hey I'm down here in momence and fished the **** but where else can u find spots besides the private property, please help
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momence park district property, idnr property i.e. old river isle campground
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