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Old 05-31-2013, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Never fished it but was thinking of giving it a try. Is there anywhere to put in and float a 17 ft. V hull? I'm thinking from Kankakee to the Illinois. What about areas that would be a problem for the lower unit?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my opinion, anywhere below the Kankakee dam would be a hazard to a lower unit. Desplaines Conservation area would be the best water, but still need to know where not to go
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With the river high as it is now you can go from Bird Park to at least 1/2 to the state park IF you take it easy and drive sensibly. That's as far as I've been with my mod-v but I saw others go by with v hulls. Get a map and follow the travel path marked on it.
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If you launch at DesPlaines Conservation Area and head downstream, you will be fine. That stretch gets a lot of power boat, and recreational boating activity.
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Thanks for the info. I'll let your know if we catch anything. Might be a bit before I get on it.
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if you go to Desplaines Cons.area, do not go left when leaving launch. Very shallow and rocky. There is only a short distance you can go before hitting, and I'm not sure how far.
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if you go to Desplaines Cons.area, do not go left when leaving launch. Very shallow and rocky. There is only a short distance you can go before hitting, and I'm not sure how far.

With the high water, you might be able to make it up to the railroad track bridge if you stay on the south side, but even high water, you would be hard pressed to make it any further.
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I never understand the fear people have of going up river from the Des Plaines Cons. Area. I wonder if they say its not safe just to keep people away, as for me its been the best area to fish for the last 15 years(for that area anyway).

Yes it can be dangerous in some areas, but once you familiarize yourself with the river its very easy to run up river. Stay on the southern end and head for the 2nd or third opening of the bridge (starting from the south). I would keep your trim up of course, just enough to keep the prop in the water....but its very feasible...Once at the bridge you can either drop the trolling motor if you have one or trim up and run further up a good 300 -400 yards, staying about 30 yards off the southern shoreline. Is it better to use a trolling motor once beyond the bridge?.. of course but I've had trolling motor issues on a few occasions and had to use the outboard to get up river and float back down to bridge several times.

Stay away from the northern end up the river completely if you want to head east from the launch. The north end is very shallow in spots and very dangerous.. trolling motor of course has no problem. Just east of the railroad bridge on the north side of the river about 15 yards off shore is a "sandbar" that is about 40 yards long.. there is no sand though, its only rock... depending how high the water is you can sometimes see it. DANGER ZONE
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I like to go where others don't. Boat is only in its 2nd year but is banged up pretty good. Kranged my prop at Braidwood Sunday. Run aground alot cause we are running shallow most of the time.
Thanks for the info. I'm going to scout it out. Whats the worst that can happen? Another dent another prop?
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