I assume you are talking about the Illinois river between the areas of Tahlequah Oklahoma and Siloam Springs Arkansas? 1-2 hours east of Tulsa? If so: YES. Very pretty little river loaded w/smallies. Lots of options: small spinners, little crankbaits, clear Tiny Torpedo's(small topwater prop bait).....typical small river baits all will work at different times but a 1/8-1/4oz jighead with a 3"-4" curley tailed grub will always catch them. Any color....as long as its chartruse!
If they are not biting this bait they are not biting anything! Concentrate on the pools just below the faster water/rapids. Enjoy!