Sunrise at the Marina
Our expectations for fishing were not very high due to the bluebird skies so we decided we’d jump from spot to spot and see what we’d see. Within the first few minutes of the trip, we spotted a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree. We stopped for a couple photos and then continued on to our first fishing spot.
Dale managed to catch a nice Bluegill at spot number one, but fishing there was kind of tough due to all the floating vegetation coming from up river. We didn’t stick around that spot too long.
At our next spot I caught a little Smallmouth Bass almost right away. Before we were done with that spot, we had quite a few fish in the boat. All three of us caught fish. Dale was determined to catch a fish on a top water lure and had several fish hit the lure.
A fish tries to inhale Dales topwater lure
His determination paid off with a nice White Bass.
Dale with a White Bass
Joel also caught a White Bass and his first few Smallmouth ever from that spot. At one point, Joel and I had doubles so we were able to photograph a Largemouth Bass and a Smallmouth Bass side by side. Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass side by side
Once we arrived I put a nice Flathead Catfish in the boat right away.
Lotus blooming in the distance
Once we got the point where the Des Plaines River and Kankankee River meet to form the Illinois River, we stopped to take some photos and talked about the history of that particular spot and how early settlers of our country passed through there.
Joel on the IL River with the Des Plaines River to his left, and the Kankakee River to his right.At our last fishing spot Dale caught the first fish. It was a big Smallmouth Bass.
Lifting my Smallmouth Bass into the boat
20 inch Smallmouth Bass - Thanks to Dale for providing this photo
Joel has a blog at http://www.birdzilla.com/blog/
Dale’s column can be found in Wednesdays and Sundays Chicago Sun Times, and his blog is at http://blogs.suntimes.com/bowman/