We launched around 6:30 in the evening hoping to do some fishing for small mouths along the way. We had 3 single seat Pelican kayaks, one 10 footer and 2 14 footers, and one Pelican Flow 10.6 stand up paddleboard on this trip. We caught a nice smallie on the first cast just south of the put in so we were all liking the river from the start. There was a nice current to help move us along starting off with scattered areas of riffles and water moving at a faster rate. Cindy on the paddleboard did an awesome job of maneuvering the rougher water and was having a blast. We continued to fish on and off where ever we thought a small mouth might be lurking. We saw 3 young eagle that had yet to get their white tails and heads as we paddled south. They were still quite large birds and really talked to us they took flight.
The river was at a really nice height to kayak down and the current kept us moving along at a nice clip till about half way between the I65 bridge and the take out. From that point to the take out the water started to slow down and back up from the dam that is just south of the take out.
We reached the take out just before dark after about 3 hours of paddling and fishing. There is a nice boat launching ramp at Mills Race Park where we took out and ample parking for a recovery vehicle.
We can't wait to go back when we have more time to fish as we had to pass up many spots we all wished we could have explored for the large small mouth the river is known for.