Thanks for the report Husker, nice looking fish!
The weekend rains did little for the low water levels. This weeks forecast should help. Smallmouth continue to be good on top water early before the sun comes over the tree tops. After that work the bottom with craw imitators and TRD’s. Focus on faster moving water above riffle areas and current seams.
Banks thanks for the info .I know what ya mean about the conservation area.I talked to a guy at the hiedeckie boat ramp one day who told me to try by the KKK college.I might try it this fall i too have a 16ft deep v hull.The guy at the ramp had the exact boat i have.
sbnut the conservation area by hwy 55 is the deepest area,but to crowded for me.I like to put my 16' deep v on hwy 113 hunting area 9.5 (ramp) river is under 1' now and in that area can only boat 100 yards south and around 1 mile north.When water is normal can fish more both ways.Will only see couple ,few rigs in lot.Peacefull.
Now is the time to get out and explore the river while it’s low. Many areas are now exposed that will hold fish during normal levels. I would highly recommend getting a Kankakee river atlas. The trading post off of rt 102 Just outside the park might have them.
Husker Outdoors.Enjoy your post on here and the other site.I know you wade mostly any information on boat fishing the KKK? I have fished the consevation area some but would like to learn the Kankakee area,Any info on the stretch of river over by the the college.Im hearing that water is deeper there from the dam up to some islands.Like to find smallies and Walleyes.
Levels are very low and clear. Many areas with no current are choked with grass. Focus on faster moving water with riffles and current breaks will produce good numbers of smallmouth. Jackall cover craws and TRD’s have been the best baits.
Nice looking fish.Have to get into water to get any action with low water.Live 200 yards from K-3 If everything goes accordingly will own house on the water in a couple of weeks.Been so many bumps in closing and selling houses due to Covid.Going to sell my 16' deep V and purchase a pontoon boat.Good luck with the smallies,haven't had much time to fish this year but will make up for it next year.
Wading conditions continue to be excellent. Tributaries are low and last night’s rain will only help improve conditions. The topwater bite is very good for smallmouth before the sun gets high. Zara spooks and whopper ploppers are the best choice. After the topwater bites fades, switch to bandit 100’s and craw imitators on a keeper hook. Focus on faster moving water.