Here I am, asking more questions everyone. I took the wife and kids to the Illinois river at Kampsville this weekend, both Sat. and Sun. with no luck. Sat. we fished about 7 1/2 hours and caught 1 channel about 3 pounds and a gar. Sun we were out about 5 hours and didnt catch anything. Only had one little bite all day and night. I'm not too impressed with the river right there. I know it may have been just a bad weekend but Id like to do better than that. Im thinking of taking everyone to the mississippi this next weekend in hopes of catching more fish and bigger fish. I looked at my map and Im thinking of trying just west of Kampsville near Belleview and Mozier at the Calhoun Co. conservation area not far from lock & dam #24.. Is anyone familiar with this area? If so is there plenty of bank fishing to make it worth the drive? It'll be about an hour drive for us. Has anyone had any luck here? Should I even try it there or is there a better spot to fish on that river? Alton really isnt that much farther for me. Any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!!!