Sometimes when I think about where fish may be holding in a river or creek it is incredibly simple, but on the other hand it can be incredibly complicated. My mind starts racing and I start living through the fish vicariously and try and soak in every piece of information available. I think a good angler negotiates a balance between these two extremes and invariably finds what he or she is looking for. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always equate to putting a bend in your rod but you should be comfortable with where you decided to spend your day on the water when you retreat from the bank.
The dog days of summer are finally coming to an end as the first fall like weather pattern moves into NE Illinois where I live. I’m already starting to get giddy thinking about migratory fish entering the Milwaukee River. I have spent most of my time fishing local water this past month and per usual I can find the smallies biting in my favorite type of water. Rocky areas where nice seams form off the edge of the riffle. Ideally there will be slack water off the seam to boot and a large pool. I love the fact that fish love the same type of water I do. Rocks, riffles, and beautiful places.