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Old 08-14-2013, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got out to Wilmington with my oldest brother yesterday around 4pm... Only my third time fishing Wilmington, first time wading that stretch of river. Entered off the north island, and waded clear across the middle... immediately working the opposite bank/weedline. Hook up with something that quickly comes unbuttoned. Join up with my brother who had entered a little further upstream. Casting downstream, just off a current break, i hook up with a nice smallie... She got out in the current and ran a bit of drag.. After a helluva fight on a medium light walleye rod, I took a quick measurement she measured in right at 18, immediately released. we decide to start working our way downstream (of the train tracks)..Just before we get there my brother ties into a fish that immediately gets out in the current and starts running out drag downstream. After working her in another nice fat smallie.. this one 19 inches w/ a nice girth. He said that was the biggest smallie he had ever caught. Fish released. We worked our way further downstream to explore a creek mouth, and some alleys just off a series of islands. Both of us hooked into several more bass but had some good ones that unfortunately came unbuttoned. However, with a mild cool day, great weather and sunshine, and the opportunity to explore a new stretch of this great river we enjoy... we couldn't help but feel like winners. All fish caught on Mepps Spinners. Sorry for no pics today, I'm always cautious carrying my phone when i'm wading new stretches or river, in case i step in a hole and fall in the drink.

Terrain i'd rate moderately more difficult downstream of the tracks than above it

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yep, Kankakee has definitely been on these past few days..caught my biggest smallie also at 18" on top water..this morning caught a hefty 16" largemouth on topwater along with some healthy 12-14" smallies..this cooler weather is fantastic. forgot to add a 28" northern also....
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I went out today and caught 4 more walleyes..All thick between 18-22 inches...I have never caught this many walleyes in the middle of August..Caught many small bass today also...I had a biteoff on a meeps #3 spinner, the fish missed it twice and when i set the hook on the third strike he bit me off..my guess is a gar or northern...but i have never caught a northern in wilmington in my 25 years of fishing this river..Most of my fish were on a Mepps#2 and roaches....What size Mepps were u using?
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yep, Kankakee has definitely been on these past few days..caught my biggest smallie also at 18" on top water..this morning caught a hefty 16" largemouth on topwater along with some healthy 12-14" smallies..this cooler weather is fantastic. forgot to add a 28" northern also....
Great report! Can't forget the 28 inch Pike! That wouldve been the highlight of my report
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I went out today and caught 4 more walleyes..All thick between 18-22 inches...I have never caught this many walleyes in the middle of August..Caught many small bass today also...I had a biteoff on a meeps #3 spinner, the fish missed it twice and when i set the hook on the third strike he bit me off..my guess is a gar or northern...but i have never caught a northern in wilmington in my 25 years of fishing this river..Most of my fish were on a Mepps#2 and roaches....What size Mepps were u using?
Excellent report! 4 walleyes in a single day, I'd say you were dialed in! All of ours were on number 4 spinners.. I've never broke off by a Gar but could be Pike or Gar. The times I've had biteoffs w Pike were with a #3 or smaller mepps w no liter. For some reason (& this could be pure luck) when I've used #4 or bigger I've been able to stick the lip and not get broke off on magna thin line w no litre. My guess would be Pike. I've heard reports of some big ones below the dam (big gar also)
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Caught 2 more horses today and a small one...thats 15 walleyes in three days from the same spot....im trying to figure out how to post some pics on here...but im not doing something right
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