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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.
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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.


Even after taking apart, upgrading hooks & splitrings then gluing screws back in the bait this still happens?????
 

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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".



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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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 .
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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?
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