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#1 Posted : Friday, March 30, 2018 1:36:50 AM(UTC)
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin during the week and Lincolnshire, Illinois on weekends.

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Although not Driftless related, I had a fun time today fishing for smallies on the Kankakee River down in Illinois. I was hucking big ol' articulated streamers to the bank as we floated down stream in a drift boat. All new for me. I'd never fished for smallies before. Pretty fun, I must say, and the fish were beautiful. Trout fishing is always going to be my first love, but I could get used to fishing for SMB. The water was still cold, 46 degrees, and the takes were a little soft, but they sure pulled hard. The K3 is a bigger river than I'm used to, and was running near 10,000 CFM, so I want to see it in mid-summer when it's running at 1/3 of that, and the fish are looking for topwater flies.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
#2 Posted : Friday, March 30, 2018 2:01:43 AM(UTC)
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The Mighty Kank!

Sounds fun and yes, smallies are a hoot.

Any photos to share?

Haven't laid eyes on the Kank since the early 80s.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, March 31, 2018 9:04:41 PM(UTC)
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Cool. Smallmouth have come back around the last few years as my favorite to fish for. They're great.

I'm already ready for the warmer weather and more divers fishing opportunities.
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