Kankakee extremely low right now

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Kankakee extremely low right now

Postby UglyStick » Jul Tue 31, 2018 3:16 pm

Been looking for an apartment in the Wilmington, Braidwood, and Coal City area. I stop by the Wilmington dam
to stretch my legs and take a look around. Right now the river is as low as I've ever seen it. Drought conditions
there the same as up by Chicago. July has been dry after a wet June. River yo-yo's up and down. Way down now.

If you're planning a trip I'd hold off. The only thing to gain is seeing the bottom structure exposed for when we
get some rain again. And the Wilmington South island park is prohibited from any fishing near the dam due to
drownings in recent years from people trapped in the hydraulics by getting to close to the dam itself.

On the other hand, if you know the holes, they're probably packed with fish. I don't know anything about
launching a boat any where around the river as I shore fish. The city of Kankakee is undergoing a building boom.
Where I used to see the river, now there's a five story building next to another and another. Park land replaced
by commercial property, sad to see.
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Re: Kankakee extremely low right now

Postby mike son » Jul Tue 31, 2018 4:32 pm

Yep we need rain. Checked the levels for the DuPage this weekend and it was extremely low, couldn't make it out though. You're right, a lot of fish in the deep holes of you can get them to bite. First good rain we get should make for a good bite imo.
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Re: Kankakee extremely low right now

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Wed 01, 2018 8:54 am

dpr at less than 4 inches in some areas. realized i was better off walking to a specific spot while i was already halfway through my paddle. the one fish i was after however, was waiting patiently for me in that deep (2.5 ft) hole
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Re: Kankakee extremely low right now

Postby Woohoodude11 » Aug Wed 01, 2018 12:15 pm

Fox in the Geneva area same. I went yesterday and was struggling keeping a 1/8 oz jighead from dragging bottom. Saw a few guys wading within feet of the dam in only shin deep water too. Unfortunately, the water was too murky to learn any contours/structure. Yesterday was my first time on the Fox so I was fishing totally blind.
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