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hipster78 07-21-2014 11:36 PM

k3 fishing
 
River is dropping and clearing nicely. Swimming trunks, wading boots and a small waterproof tackle box kind of weather. Got out sunday 6-9pm, fished lower park. Waded out to islands. Flow made it a little dicey, had to do some back floating a couple of times. Threw various in-line spinners and larger crawdad imitating crankbaits. Spinners were more productive, fish were in the harder current not far from the break. Ended up with around 20, two around 17" the rest were all punks.(10"-13")
Monday 6:30-9pm, fished middle park. Waded a generally shallow stretch with heavy current. Concentrated around bigger rocks that affected or changed flow. Can definitely see a clarity change from yesterday. Threw various topwater baits and weighted creature style soft plastics. Noisier topwater seemed to work best. Landed around a dozen, one under 12", the rest 15"-18".
I know its summer, but most fish looked a little on the thin side. Two trips thru the woods and I've already found four ticks on me, beware.

ScottH 07-22-2014 06:21 AM

thanks for the report, going to get out this morning after work, calling for more rain Wednesday, don't need anymore rain for a while..hopefully i can add a good catch report to this later

ScottH 07-22-2014 09:28 AM

fished from 7a-9a..7 total in the 12-14" range..3 on buzzbait and 4 on top water (walk the dog).caught in the faster current..river is dropping quick and yes, it is clearing up

hipster78 07-22-2014 11:40 PM

Nice post, keep em comin! Do you prefer the morning bite over the evening?? Miles and miles of some of best smallmouth stream fishing in the state yet the KKK posts are near nonexistent.
Fished 5-9pm, middle park. Waded a half mile stretch of quick, shallow heavy willow w/ numerous breaks along the way. Threw strictly topwater, cross current retrieve drew the only bites. Landed first double of this year, two 15" bass on a single cast! Other than that the first 2.5 hours were slow, four fish and a couple good blowups. Lost a gunfish to a stupidass gar, there went 17 bucks.
Moved downstream a couple miles for a little deeper water, bite improved as the sun faded.
Picked up 5 more, 1 on top, 4 on a 4" skirted split tail grub.(15"-18") Tried a white buzzbait
w/trailer hook and got a few wiffs, I'm thinking they were smaller fish. Try running the dog instead of walking him, more of a reaction bite.
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Even after taking apart, upgrading hooks & splitrings then gluing screws back in the bait this still happens?????

ScottH 07-23-2014 09:29 AM

i work nights, so, yes, the morning bite is prefered and 90% of the time, i'm the only one out where i fish

hipster78 07-26-2014 12:04 AM

7/25
Fished 5-9:15pm, started in upper park. Water a little more stained than the day before. Fished bank and rockbars(above and below), front of riffles seemed to produce best. Fish were scattered, no real pattern.Threw plastics, spinners and silent square bill crank, spinner did the best with a few on plastics. Got around 12 with most under 13".

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Moved to lower end of park around 7:45. Clarity was a little better four miles downstream.
Fished current breaks behind island and willow banks. Small hatch around 8:30 with fish taking advantage. Threw weighted plastics, variety of topwater and an xrap. Even with surface activity nothing on top, xrap got a couple and plastics after dark. Picked up another 8 from 13"-16". Should have stayed but my headlight was getting dim.

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ScottH 07-26-2014 02:13 AM

nice

hipster78 07-29-2014 12:43 AM

7/28
Fished lower park 12-9pm, starting to see moss on shallow rock mid river. Mainly fished deeper fast moving riffles. Bite was ok for smaller fish,(under 14") at least waist deep with the a broken surface produced best. Inline spinners, #3 & #5 countdown raps, and a weighted gulp minnow caught fish, Started to see a hatch around 6:30, loaded up and moved downstream a mile. The mayfly hatch kicked in high gear around 8 and so did the bite, above and below riffles was an all you can eat buffet, spinners and topwater worked. Mosquitos were bad even with the breeze.

hipster78 07-30-2014 11:56 PM

7/30
Fished mid park 7-9:45pm, concentrated above and below rockbars. Threw a variety of crankbaits, all caught fish. Quite a mixed bag, six walleye 11"-19",two cats and around 15 bass 13"-18". After dark the helgramites took to the air flying in and out of the water, you could here fish busting them in the darkness. Caught a big cat and a couple more bass and a few other blowups on a 1/4oz war eagle buzzbait in the dark. All fish after dark came in less than knee deep water.

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Creekyknees 07-31-2014 11:35 AM

nice night

did extremely well with rattlebaits on bass and walleye on the evening bite last night. got a few on a spook

hipster78 08-01-2014 02:18 AM

QUOTE=Creekyknees

did extremely well with rattlebaits on bass and walleye on the evening bite last night. got a few on a spook.

Lipless rattlebaits?? Might have seen you way upstream as the sun faded, you left a little early dude.

Stonecat 08-01-2014 05:25 AM

You are the new king of multi species fishing. Hammer handle walleye, fiddler cats, etc..Old time Hot-n-Tot. High vibration. Shows what's out there when you can throw cranks in early Aug without grass, weeds, moss, etc...Be careful with those photos. Maybe too revealing.

Creekyknees 08-01-2014 02:24 PM

early
 
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Originally Posted by hipster78 (Post 570770)
QUOTE=Creekyknees

did extremely well with rattlebaits on bass and walleye on the evening bite last night. got a few on a spook.

Lipless rattlebaits?? Might have seen you way upstream as the sun faded, you left a little early dude.


lipless rattlebaits

caught enough fish to make me happy, went home to eat something .

after 5 decades of fishing, you come to realize you don't need to catch every fish to be satisfied with the results of that trip .

hipster78 08-05-2014 12:57 AM

8/4
Fished 7-9:45pm, started below Rock creek. River level makes for a great wade. Threw basically the whole arsenal, got a couple of nice wiffs on a jumping minnow w/ a fast retrieve in swift current, maybe 2ft. deep and lots of chunk rock. Saw some activity mid river, multiple fish pushing shad but only in heavier current. Moved downstream a mile around 8:15 still working with a skunk. Seemed to be a little moss flowing w/ the current downstream. Went oldschool with a #9 floating Rapala silver/chart. and picked up a couple 19" walleyes out of a hole in front of an island. Landed 5 bass 13"-15", all came on a 3/16oz buzzbait. Bass had no interest in plastics whatsoever. Rockbars w/ riffles that broke up the surface pretty good produced my only bites. Expected a lot better bite but there is always next time.

RonG 08-05-2014 01:27 PM

You must be doing something right to keep catching fish this summer on the K3. :)2

I keep reading of local guys and regulars that keep bombing out and getting skunked over and over again there. The fish definitely haven't gone anywhere. :lol: You are one of the few left with the skills to find and catch them. Keep the reports rolling!

LetsGoFishing 08-05-2014 05:19 PM

I went out further down stream on 8/3 in the later afternoon with the flyrod. The water was very stained with maybe 6-8" of visibility. I tried a variety of flies in fast water slack water, near shore, out in the middle. I got nothin'. I saw some shad eating off the surface and some carp spawning or something in some shallow riffles. I only stayed for a couple hours. Maybe should have brought the spinning rod and some lipless rattlebaits and crawfish.

hipster78 08-05-2014 11:04 PM

QUOTE LetsGoFishing I went out further down stream on 8/3 in the later afternoon with the flyrod. The water was very stained with maybe 6-8" of visibility. I tried a variety of flies in fast water slack water, near shore, out in the middle. I got nothin'. I saw some shad eating off the surface and some carp spawning or something in some shallow riffles. I only stayed for a couple hours. Maybe should have brought the spinning rod and some lipless rattlebaits and crawfish.

If you enjoy fly fishing and are proficient at it there are windows you will blow any guy out there casting away. Main hatch right now is white mayflies 3/8"-3/4", dry. That bite does not materialize until later, could be 7 or 8pm, if you like a challenge the bite continues well into the dark. The fish you saw in shallow riffles could very well have been bass feeding on the surface(generally the best dry fly bite). The water definitely has a brown stain, visibility at least 2' tonight. Managed four bass 11"-16", buzzbait and inline spinner. Terrible bite this evening.

hipster78 08-05-2014 11:23 PM

QUOTE RonG You must be doing something right to keep catching fish this summer on the K3.

I keep reading of local guys and regulars that keep bombing out and getting skunked over and over again there. The fish definitely haven't gone anywhere. You are one of the few left with the skills to find and catch them. Keep the reports rolling!

There are quite a few river rats out there that I could learn a thing or two from! The KKK will always produce fish, but you have to work twice as hard for half the fish as compared to say seven years ago. In my opinion Indiana is the cause of the decline in this river

hipster78 08-08-2014 12:27 AM

8/7
Fished 7-9pm, mid park (below swirling vortex). Water is still dropping but the clarity sorta sucks, not dirty but a tea colored stain, less than 2' vis. Moss suspended pretty much thru out the water column made working anything subsurface difficult. Managed two bass 14" and one other bite, all on a rattling spook. Heading north for a long weekend, hopefully the lake smallmouth will be more cooperative.

First Light 08-09-2014 04:30 PM

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8/7
Fished 7-9pm, mid park (below swirling vortex). Water is still dropping but the clarity sorta sucks, not dirty but a tea colored stain, less than 2' vis. Moss suspended pretty much thru out the water column made working anything subsurface difficult. Managed two bass 14" and one other bite, all on a rattling spook. Heading north for a long weekend, hopefully the lake smallmouth will be more cooperative.

One for one yesterday in the park, covered a lot of water for that one take, but it was a good one. Took a sculpin streamer pattern on the strip, great fight but no jumps. Quickly released looked to be 17-18 inches in length. Where are all of the young small mouths?
FL

mrkank 08-09-2014 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by First Light (Post 571858)
One for one yesterday in the park, covered a lot of water for that one take, but it was a good one. Took a sculpin streamer pattern on the strip, great fight but no jumps. Quickly released looked to be 17-18 inches in length. Where are all of the young small mouths?
FL


that's the problem ! same thing with the rockbass and walleye no reproduction !!

macdaddymague 08-09-2014 06:51 PM

where Is K3 located? Can you get good fishing from shore? I have my 6 and 10 year old with me whenever we fish.

First Light 08-09-2014 06:53 PM

Yes this is a major problem, perhaps due to high flows in the past few springs impacting the smallie fry ?:confused:
FL

mrkank 08-09-2014 06:56 PM

sand , sand , and more sand covering the beds in the spring floods !!!

Creekyknees 08-09-2014 10:09 PM

in Illinois it's runs thru Kankakee, will and grundy counties. you can fish from shore but right now wading or a boat is the best chance of success

Creekyknees 08-09-2014 10:14 PM

from what I see at shocking day for the derby and talking to the IDNR fisheries guys, no lack of little smallmouth. many of the tagged fish for the derby are smallmouth under 12 inches due to the regulations in place.

smaller jigs, cranks and spinners are the way to go if you want to catch some.

mrkank 08-10-2014 03:27 AM

I guess theirs no lack of little rockbass either , I;m just using to big of bait !

Stonecat 08-10-2014 07:21 AM

One look at the photo and its sand. While the river has/is recovering and changing, its 50% of what it was just 10 years ago. Bass will adapt. Anglers will adapt, but overall, the catch rate is down.

There looks though, to be a larger class of smaller bass coming. We will see if they can take hold.

First Light 08-12-2014 04:41 PM

Never caught a rock bass in the K3? I only use flys ( streamers,nymphs,poppers)
FL

hipster78 08-13-2014 02:37 PM

QUOTE Creekyknees from what I see at shocking day for the derby and talking to the IDNR fisheries guys, no lack of little smallmouth. many of the tagged fish for the derby are smallmouth under 12 inches due to the regulations in place.

I ran into a shocking crew pulling out last fall in the upper park, water around 55 degrees.The water level only allowed them to shock less than a 200yd stretch of river. In a little over an hour they said they shocked 267 bass up to 15", with the majority around 10".

A few years back the grass mats were scattered all over the river thru the park in early summer which made fishing difficult. But there was no doubt the mats were bass nurseries. It was common to see hundreds of fingerlings thriving in the grass while wading midriver.

hipster78 08-16-2014 12:04 AM

Fished lower park( around area 7), 6-9pm. Water still stained( 2ft+ visibility) but at least the moss has taken a break for now. Good mayfly hatch with a few fish taking advantage. Caught nothing subsurface, threw a few crankbaits and spinners. Landed around twenty all 12"-15" with quite a few whiffs but they missed the bait. All on top, spook, torpedo and buzzbaits. Buzzbait drew the most bites and misses. The faster current and riffles were most productive. As it got dark the bite seemed to totally shut down.

hipster78 08-17-2014 12:53 AM

8/16
Fished 6:30-10pm, lower park. Concentrated around shallow hard current areas w/ different walking topwater baits. Got around a dozen before dark 12"-15", seemed like you would pick one off and that spooked the rest of them. After dark the bite improved, fished slacker current below rockbars. Jitterbug took four bass 15"-17", cross current retrieve and slow. Tribladed buzzbait took three cats around 7lbs., the last one destroyed my buzzbait. Had to call it due to compromised line!


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RandyD 08-17-2014 08:38 AM

Those are some beauties :)2:)2

RonG 08-17-2014 10:41 AM

Nice KankyKats!

hipster78 08-17-2014 11:51 PM

8/17
Fished lower park 7-9:30pm. Fished basically same stretch as yesterday but focused in shallow water very close to channel. Bite was pretty slow until dark, caught eleven 10"-14" on a gold rooster tail(1/8oz) and #3 countdown rapala. After dark activity increased. Switched between a buzzbait and jitterbug, both worked but the jitterbug is easier to control, especially in the dark. Got another five 15"-18" and a few other nice blowups. The bugs were horrible tonight. Every time the headlight went on you had to hold your breath or you were inhaling nats!!

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RandyD 08-18-2014 10:52 AM

Nice ones :)2:)2
Keep em' comeing :smile:

hipster78 08-18-2014 11:10 PM

8/18
Fished lower park (old pier area and down), 7-9:45pm. Concentrated immediately above and below numerous rockbars, 6"-18" deep for the most part. Overall average pretty good, nothing under 13" and a couple at 18", landed over a dozen. Best bite after 9, lost my war eagle buzzbait to a fat cat around 9:40, left with a sour taste in my mouth!!

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18" but old and sickly
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I'm pretty sure they're feeding on those stoneflies!!
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hipster78 08-21-2014 01:33 AM

8/20
Fished 7-9pm, Chippewa area. Took out the fly rod with a friend who had tied up some pretty good looking mayfly imitations. He incorporated foam in the body which really helped it float even after catching a few fish and getting slimed. The hatch tonight was poor, lasted less than 30 min. We landed seven fish 11"-15", fish were all right in front of shallow riffles. Broke off a dandy at dark, struggled with wind knots quite a bit too. Now I remember why I put the fly rod away last year..

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hipster78 08-25-2014 12:03 AM

8/24
Fished middle park, 3-5am. With recent rains and rising waters we thought we would do a little catfishing from the bank. Used bluegills on a beefy circle hook & 1/2oz slip sinkers. We set up on a current break that extends out into the river thirty feet and is at least 50yds long. Grass and moss not a problem this year, the last three years this would have been impossible in this stretch of river. Focused on slacker current right on the break(1-3ft deep). We got three bites, landed 2. My buddy stuck the first one, around 8lbs then missed the next one. My only bite hooked itself, just under 33", wish we had a scale. Biggest cat I've ever caught out of the river. Both fish were released.

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First Light 08-25-2014 08:41 AM

Late report
 
Fished Thursday morning, river low, but no algae weeds, water temp 68 degrees, caught two 10 inch smallies on green and white clouser streamers with red dumbbell eyes, stripped through the fast water. None of other normal productive flys were effective.
Lots of caddis flys hatching. River is on the rise now from the heavy rain over the weekend. Will have to see if I go this week which will be based on the flow rate. Be careful wading.
Fl


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