state park 4/27
Had to work Saturday in Bourbonnais and decided to throw the waders in the trunk. Hit the river from 4:30-7pm Saturday evening before my older reel started to crap out on me. Wish I could've had that extra hour of daylight back. But fishing was decent nonetheless.
River was up near 13,000cfs I believe, but surprisingly not as completely muddy as I expected. Still dirty though, but you could see down maybe 6inches or better.
Fished a stretch of a couple hundred yards in the state park upstream from Warner Bridge. Traveling and casting angles were tough with the high water.
Started out throwing faster baits (rattlebait, spinnerbaits) to no avail. Quickly switched to craw imitating plastics and that was all she wrote. Browns, green, reds all worked. Fish were stacked behind any sort of current break and in the slackwater. Letting presentation sit/drift and little jigs was the ticket. Ended up with 7 smallies and a smaller largemouth. Biggest being 16 inches or so and full of eggs probably pushing 2.5lbs. The rest were 10-14 inches but all hearty and put up fantastic fights in the blistering current.
3 smallest fish came 3 casts in a row behind the obstruction you can see in their pics. Pretty fun.
Hopefully be out again before the spawn. They're starting to beef up that's for sure.
Having trouble with pics, not posting here but posting to hosting site. Hopefully will come later...