The word of the day is High Water!
The river is very high and very tough to fish right now. We have had 3 days of steady rain the the river is bank to bank. Not many people fishing except a few Jet boats. Kings are being landed but it is tough fishing for sure. I was up to Sailors Pit yesterday and the water is almost up to the launch road but has very little junk in the water in the way of sweepers. If you're going to raft the river understand that a PFD is a must as the water is cold and fast! Don't take chances with these conditions guys!
We are just starting to put groups out on the upper sections of the river and the water is high as well. The Paxon-Sourdough section will drop much faster than the lower sections but it still will be a tougher trip than past years at this time. Plan for wet conditions!
Crossing Paxon Lake: Paxon Lake is big and I tell my groups to plan on 2-3 hours to row to the outlet. The lake can be windy in the afternoon and I try to get my groups on the lake in the morning or evening when there is less wind to deal with. I have been on the lake when the wind picks up and it can get scary fast. Stay close to the shore line in case you need to get off and it is easier to row the north/west side that the south/east side. If you run into any one that has an outboard when you up on Paxon don't shy away from offering them a $20 to run you across the lake, well worth the cost!
Take care and keep safe!
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