River Conditions - Summer floating weather is finally here and our water flow is excellent with the recent rainfall. Some good gear tips are good river shoes, food, beverages, and extra dry clothes. Get out of the house and Get out on the river! If you can't find a floating partner take a single person Kayak. Thru the week most days you will have the whole river to yourself. With the daylight hours it is always easy to squeeze in a 3 or 2 mile river trip. We can put canoes and Kayaks in as late as 4 p.m. at our upstream three mile put in. (the University). Water temps are perfect for swimming and going snorkleling.
Fishing Conditions: Lure choice's are zoom finesse worms, topwater, jerkbaits, crankbaits and tubes. Smallmouth are active right now chasing anything that looks like a crawdad, worm , or minnow. Look closely on the smallmouth's back there may be a slimy green tag for a reward of $25-75$ MDC tagged some.
Be looking for the channel in the river that has the most water in it. A good way to tell a channel with the most water is to look at the V the water makes at the beginning of a riffle and take your craft down the middle of the V. The river level gauge below is not all that accurate because the river itself has moved away from where the gauge is located on the HWy 8 bridge.