Fishing down state has been good, generally. It has been very poor the last two weeks, however. I mostly bass fish with a fly rod and deer hair poppers and since I retired (2012), I manage to get out everyday, literally.
I am soooo jealous!
I live on the Mississippi and have yet to try my PA on it. Have you been on the rivers with your kayaks, either Illinois or Mississippi? if so, how did your PA handle? Prior to my PA I had an outback and sport. I took them on the Miss near Monticello, Mn. and they worked well, but it was a much smaller river. I really had to be careful because of the rocks, current and shallows.
The Illinois River is pretty close, and we've been out on it several times. The PA (and my wife's Outback) handle just fine, and the areas we've gone the current has been slow. The pleasure boats racing around can kick up some nice wakes, which are fun to play in. One time we went out on a windy day to a very wide slough/lake area north of Peoria, where the wind had plenty of space to create constant 1-2 foot swells, which was alarming at first, but a blast once we got used to it. Hard work peddling against that sort of wind, but worth it.
I'm going out again this afternoon to the Starved Rock pool. The river is very wide there above the dam, and away from the navigation channel there are a lot of islands and interesting looking stuff. Should be fun.