I have to go at least 18 mi. to get to a good fishing spot on the same river that runs through my city. My city is about 24,000 and has 2 boat ramps on a small creek (Yellow Creek), but no boat ramps on the river that runs through town, the Pecatonica River. The river has more than 10 mi in town without any open access. I cann't find a good spot to fish on the bank within the 18 mi radius. I have go about 40 mi to fish on the large river, the Rock River. I'll fish from about 6:30 PM to about 10 PM. The largest lake near me is only 40 acres, and it is very, very heavily fished. To get a boat ramp on the Pecatonic River in my city, they have to do a toxic site cleanup of an old battery manufacturing factory. So sometime in the next 2-3 years, we may finally have access to the river.