Sarge - not sure this will help - I know the south branch better than the north.
You could put in at Russell Woods west of Genoa on Rte 72 & paddle to Pottawatomie Woods out past Kirkland. Putting in at Russell isn't easy - you have to carry your boat over a bridge. Alternately you can put in in downtown Genoa. It's an easier put-in but it cuts off some nice parts of the river.
It's a medium distance from Genoa to Kirkland - not sure how you feel about paddling upstream to get back. Better to have cars at both ends.
Keep calm and fish on...
There's a fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid