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Got back from our trip to the Apple River Sunday. It was just my brother and I and we left Friday after work and stayed until Sunday afternoon. The fishing wasn't at good as the last trip but did manage some nice sized smallies. We probably caught between the two of us around 50 fish of small in-line spinners and yum craw bugs.

If you have never been to the Apple I highly recommend it. It is one of the most beautiful places in Illinois as you will see by the pictures.

Day 1:

Our trip started out arriving at the state park just before dusk. We set up camp and decided to do a little shore fishing. Not much action, we caught a couple smallies and some creek chubs and decided to go back to camp and drink some beers and get ready for and all day wade for the morning.




Day 2:

We waded upsteam from the main park a stretch that KenG recommended. I don't know what to say, I'll let the pictures do the talking. We fished all the riffles, runs, pools, catching many small one with the bigger ones mixed in.
















This is a cool cave that we came across, it is after the deep pool with all the mud that is nearly impossible to get around, Ken I believe I remember you telling me about that pool




Nice little action shot




As you can see more pictures of scenery than anything, but how can you pass up the beauty of this place.
We probably waded a total of 6 miles that day. That river will kill your feet. Here my brother is taking a break



We were beat after that and decided to take a ride into downtown Galena and grab some grub.
This is your campfire for that night



Day 3:

We fished a stretch down stream from the State Park called the Thompson Unit. I had previously fished this area last year and did good but this time was just ok.







Look at the colors on this Smallies, it has some orange in it




All of the male smallies we caught had these black spots on there belly, anyone know what that is from. Maybe the spawn?




All in all we had a great time and will be making this trip every year, Maybe beginning of summer. It was still a little cold in the mornings and I think that had some effect on the fishing.
 

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Beautiful Pictures and an oustanding report! Thanks for sharing.... I am jealous! :p
 

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What incredibly beautiful place!

Great report, super jealous!
 

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wow. truly awesome elaborate report. Nice and beautiful bronzebacks you caught. Awesome scenery, awesome pictures. And oh ya, awesome action shots of the bass. Congrats on your fish and one hell of a getaway! Nice job!
 

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That area up in NW Illinois is beautiful and there is some nice water on that river. The scenery in the pics says it all!
 

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Yea that place is awesome! Can't wait to go back. Next time i want to check out that cave up close and wade that river much further than we did last time just as long as we don't get stuck out there at night cause i wont want to run into that pack or coyotes lol. Great place for a weekend trip! Thanks for the comments guys
 
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