Wanted to try some new spots on the east branch after the morning rains. Tried a section connected to river off rt. 53 in Glen Ellyn. Total wash left with a skunk. Ran down to Woodridge and pulled out a few dink large mouth in green valley preserve. The lake on Google maps at green valley east of the river basically was a puddle. Continued to a new spot and had my luck improve. Pulled out about a dozen large mouth, a hungry green sunfish, a spotted bass and thankfully one fiesty smallmouth. Missed a bunch and lost a few large mouth too. The smallie came off the hook after a short fight. Was absolutely devasted cause I seen how nice of a fish I just lost. Instantly threw back in and to my surprise it hit again. This time the hook set perfectly. Forgot how much of a fight smallmouth put up! Pics below. Water was a bit stained cause of rains and current wasn't too strong. All fish caught on keitech swing impact 4" on 2/0 owner twistlock.
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