Creekin and Rivering

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Creekin and Rivering

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Tue 25, 2015 8:41 pm

Played around in a tributary for part of the day and then on a branch of the Kish. Very nice day cloudy and cool. The water temperature dropped a lot also and I didn't know how that would effect the fishing but I'd have to say it helped in hindsight. 7+ hour outing and a big numbers day but not a big fish day. Water was very skinny fishing an upriver section at some point this fall I expect fish to move down stream to winter where there is more volume but for now they were still in the skinny zone and conservatively I handled 45 fish, perhaps even low 50s and most likely the most game fish I ever caught in a day. Roughly 25+ pike, 15+ smallies, and 2 largemouth. Most all bass were in the 10-13" range and most all pike were small (16-22") and perhaps a couple reached 24" but I love fishing skinny water and don't mind the small sizes. I think the only 2 fish I netted were 2 pike everything else I tried to keep in water unless I was taking a photo.

Great time to fish rivers decent water clarity and enough water still to navigate...

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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Tue 25, 2015 8:47 pm

Few more pics :wink:

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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby RamblingBen » Aug Tue 25, 2015 10:30 pm

Spot on about the water levels, if we don't get rain the yaks will start dragging soon. Excellent numbers report.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Wed 26, 2015 3:28 am

So you were catching fish in a barrel and didn't bother throwing a top water??? Only way I would have gone, been thag way on the shallow sections of the dpr.

Nice report, always good to get some news from the Kish.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby jmdog2003 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 6:17 am

Nice lookin fish you got yerself there. I always regret not fishing that river while I was at NIU.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby JL3 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 6:58 am

Wow sounds like a pretty amazing day. Nice pics
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby FISHdank » Aug Wed 26, 2015 7:14 am

Thats the way its done, killer outing skidaddy!
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby urbanHog312 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 7:59 am

cant beat a numbers day like that with some quality specimens. i always enjoy the kish reports
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby ohoffm » Aug Wed 26, 2015 8:27 am

Nice report and fish. That does look like some skinny water in a couple of those pics. Nice to hear multi species being caught.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby rigmewacky » Aug Wed 26, 2015 8:47 am

A numbers day like that sounds like a blast! Nice kish fish.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Joeshoto » Aug Wed 26, 2015 9:05 am

Thanks for this great Kish report......pikes and smalls.

What the hell kind of snake is that snake????
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 9:24 am

Joeshoto wrote:Thanks for this great Kish report......pikes and smalls.

What the hell kind of snake is that snake????


Actually its a large water snake and that's the only pic I included that wasnt from Kish trip yesterday. The snake was from DPR. I was wading DPR over the weekend and I ran into an odd character who was kayaking oddly. He would paddle up to laydown messes and snoop around, sometimes get out. He was driving me nuts sometimes following right behind me sometimes right in front me, we were going down river same pace...there was no way I was going to catch fish by choice laydowns with him spooking fish.

I got to talking to the guy some. Nice guy but very odd. He knows which laydowns have them and which dont. He told me 50/50 chance I would see a snake on a particular laydown and sure enough I paddled up and there was a couple. He actually tried to catch the one I had pic of but it scurried off. He is catch and release :lol: He's looking for rarer snakes including a poisonous snakes like Massasauga which are very rare here but he has found them in a couple areas in cook county dpr.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby bassman29 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 11:20 am

I find everything in the post awesome except the selfie stick 8)
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby DasGoby » Aug Wed 26, 2015 12:42 pm

Nice long session. You own the Kish!
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Wed 26, 2015 12:52 pm

I know the snake guy, hes been on the board before too I think.
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Postby bassman29 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 3:38 pm

those northern water snakes are pretty cool.....the recovery project for the massasuaga has been capturing them for years in order to breed then release them so don't be surprised if in the next couple years you hear about more sightings of them once the adults are released each year.

I hope any he does see he reports it so they can be captured to help the recovery project and or tagged. It was always a native species but we pretty much wiped them out.

I know lincoln park zoo is a big contributor to the conservation project for them.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 5:59 pm

bassman29 wrote:those northern water snakes are pretty cool.....the recovery project for the massasuaga has been capturing them for years in order to breed then release them so don't be surprised if in the next couple years you hear about more sightings of them once the adults are released each year.

I hope any he does see he reports it so they can be captured to help the recovery project and or tagged. It was always a native species but we pretty much wiped them out.

I know lincoln park zoo is a big contributor to the conservation project for them.


He said the last he seen was couple years ago and hasnt seen them since. Pretty cool stuff introducing venomous snakes back in wild kind of makes me be more weary when on shore Camouflage is so good on snakes surprised I dont see water snakes more often I never would have seen it unless I specifically looked for one. We have probably missed a lot of them sunning themselves on laydowns
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby bassman29 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 6:08 pm

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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Aux Pleins » Aug Wed 26, 2015 6:08 pm

Some water snakes have more color than others, I see these guys every where. They will latch onto you if you're wading.

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The biggest snake I've seen around here was a 5-6ft black rat snake that I originally thought was a dirt bike tire :| Didn't check my undies after that, I just threw them out immediately.
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Postby bassman29 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 6:17 pm

or you can just come to my house on feeding day....
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby roleplayaj1324 » Aug Wed 26, 2015 8:56 pm

Sweet report. Wish I knew where that tree is. I live right on the kish practically but don't know where to fish it. Good to see there's decent fish in there!
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby JB » Aug Wed 26, 2015 10:28 pm

Nice report Ski. Those are some great numbers what a worthy outing. Awesome.

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I always regret not fishing that river while I was at NIU.


Total ditto. As far as I knew the Kish near NIU was ankle deep if that. Didn't know at the time that it had such potential. Time to go back to school. :lol:
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Skifish1 » Aug Thu 27, 2015 12:03 am

roleplayaj1324 wrote:Sweet report. Wish I knew where that tree is. I live right on the kish practically but don't know where to fish it. Good to see there's decent fish in there!


If you live in Genoa the best bet is get in the river in waders and try and walk up or downstream a mile or so. Look for county parks or places for access. I have entered the river at a Genoa city park at Rt72. There are also access points as you go further upriver towards Dekalb. A lot of the river can be unproductive so just try and find holes here and there. Shallow river fishing is not for everybody there are definite hassles involved, calories to burn, mishaps and just in general a pain in the rear for access and wasting time in shallow water. And its difficult to quick hit and fish you need a chunk of hours usually. You really have to love river fishing but I can guarentee you that in that area where you live there will be some pike, smallies, and occasional largemouth and most will be small but occasional (ie rare) larger fish more like the size you can find in a lake.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby WetWader » Aug Thu 27, 2015 8:08 am

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Postby billebob5 » Aug Thu 27, 2015 8:38 am

bassman29 wrote:I find everything in the post awesome except the selfie stick 8)


amen! aside from that great report.
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Re: Creekin and Rivering

Postby Joeshoto » Aug Fri 28, 2015 12:06 pm

Great posts, all. Thanks for the if or on snakes darn it.

My sis lives Florida, inlaws in AZ and my son lives Denver. Several times I've said that one of the things I like about northern Midwest outdoors is that we don't have any real poisonous snakes, and nothing like scorpions or gators that could kill you too fast.
But geeze now I better shut up cuz now I gotta worry about snakes, a few mountain lions, increasing bears and these toothy pikes everywhere. but still good news. I'll shut up now.
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