Kayak Fishing and Hiking in Illinois and Missouri

This past May I went back to my old stomping grounds to visit some family, kayak fishing with my dad, and do a little day hiking. The area I visited is on the Illinois/Missouri border and has many great fresh water fishing ponds and rivers.

Many of the areas my dad and I fish are private ponds that are on his friends land or at a state park in Missouri called Wakonda. A lot of what I was fishing for when I went back up north was bass, blue gill, crappie (sacalait), and catfish. When we went to his friends pond in the Illinois countryside we caught a lot of crappie and ended up doing a fish fry with them later that week.

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A couple of the crappie my dad and I caught at a private pond and at Wakonda State Park.


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Spring time in Illinois and Missouri is full of greenery and flowers. Couple this with amazing 70 degree weather and you get the perfect conditions for day hiking the hilly countryside.

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A black eastern grey squirrel we saw on a day hike in Missouri.

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One of the overlooks of the Mississippi from the Missouri side of the Mississippi

Gear Used During the Trip

Columbia Tamiami L/S Fishing Shirt- Offers great UV protection and is quick drying for when you get a little wet.

Free Fly Breeze Short- An amazingly comfortable short for travel, athletic wear, and fishing. Dries quick, lightweight, and comfy. A great “do-whatever” short.

Exoficcio Give-n-Go Boxer Brief- The best underwear I have ever owned, Never bunches up and dries fast if you take a dive into the water.

Costa Fathom 580p Sun Glasses- Lightweight, polarized sunglasses that help you see into murky water while in the kayak.

Keen Uneek Sandal/Shoes- Breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. These will give you great footing on the boat, dock, and bank while fishing, and if you do get them dirty they are easily hosed of for your next adventure.

Yeti Tundra 35- If you are looking for an ice chest that is great for every occasion, look no further. This ice chest is great from the kayak to the car for the road trip. Put it through anything and youll still have ice at the end of the day.







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