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Confluences: To big smallmouth

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The plan had simply been to show naturalist Joel Greenberg where the Des Plaines and Kankakee join to form the Illinois River (below). But Friday turned into so much more.

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Bill Anderson landed this 20-inch beauty shortly after I caught an 18-incher we had thought would be fish of the day.

Those were the treat fish of the day.

But it was simply nice to be out with two people I enjoy being with for their curiosity and wonder of the outdoors.

And to see my friend Joel enjoy his first time being on the water where the rivers joined.

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Sighting a very early black-legged kittiwake shortly after we took this photo only converged to make for an even more outstanding day.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on September 12, 2009 9:07 PM.

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