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Fishing Report 9/8/17

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My brother and I took 4 employees on a canoe/fishing trip from Elk River Campground to Wayside.  We got on the river at about 10:00AM and the air temperature was cool (low to mid 60s).  The water was low and clear.  The bite was slow early but picked up as the temperature increased and the breeze picked up.  Fortunately the breeze was blowing downstream for the most part because the gusts were occasionally strong.  We caught over 80 fish between the 6 of us with several nice sized smallmouth and largemouth mixed in with plenty of little ones.  There were at least a half dozen bass over 14 inches with a few over 16.  Most fish were caught on white rooster tails, several were caught on hard and soft plastic crawdads and a few on crankbaits and other swimbaits.

I have had a lot of luck with the fishing on the Elk and always think of it as a very good fishing river but there is one thing that is always very disappointing about the Elk - the way people treat that river is shameful.  The amount of trash that people carelessly litter the river with is an embarrassment.  I am absolutely fed up with seeing that river treated like a trash can.  It is time that the authorities view the littering as a potential revenue source and start ticketing those that have such little respect for the river.

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