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Post Posted: 10:42am - Mar 16,18 
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I know wind direction and speed has a big impact on where I fish on a lake. Does anyone have an opinion for wind on the river or does the current negate the winds effect?

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Post Posted: 06:58am - Mar 18,18 
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I have nothing to back this up...but I would say the wind has a negligible effect on a small river like the Kankakee, but could on something a bit wider like the St Clair or Mississippi. I briefly looked through the book Walleye Wisdom which has some good information on river fishing and another chapter devoted to weather. It did indicate that river fish seem to be less affected by barometer changes which is often accompanied by wind.

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Post Posted: 10:43am - Mar 18,18 
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Agreed, not much if any impact - some people might say it has an effect on the bite but I only think it impacts boat control and line direction(if you are fishing from shore) which directly impact the bite as if you don't have good boat control your presentation will be wrong, or your line is bowed and you can't detect a shore bite.

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Post Posted: 09:31pm - Mar 19,18 
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I'll agree with Mhimes and Rat after fighting that wind today.It just totally messes up your presentation.I have seen a few times over the years gale force west winds beating against the current dirty up the water pretty good.

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Post Posted: 12:17am - May 2,18 
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Boat control can be tricky when the wind is blowing against the current flow.

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Post Posted: 11:08am - May 2,18 
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In the past, I've always had trouble with wind and boat control. As "Mhimes" mentioned,
you may want to get a copy of "Walleye Wisdom" from the In-Fisherman folks and do
some serious reading and then put those guidelines into practice. I added twin bags
to my boat in addition to obtaining a stronger(80 lb thrust) trolling motor. I'm sure
that with a little bit of practice you'll be a much better and more knowledgeable river
fisherman!

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Post Posted: 02:36pm - May 2,18 
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One thing I though of as well is it may change fish location as it could pile up bait fish in a certain part of the river where they might normally might not be.

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Post Posted: 10:17pm - May 5,18 
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It depends on the spot, it depends on the species, it depends on the time of year.

For the most part, I would say ABSOLUTELY!! On a clear river like the Kank, if you can find a nice spot with some chop - fish it! It will be to your advantage big time.

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