What do you guys consider to high to fish? I have only been out on the river a handful of times, so I'm no expert. I put in at the New Richmond ramp. If the Cincinnati water level is higher than 29 feet, than it is over the little docks there. Should I put in somewhere else or should it be fine to put in there. Your thoughts?
- Curtis Moore
That is a comfort level thing. Only person who can make that call is you. How confident are you in your abilities as a captain and your equipment...and is someone else going out that you can call if something goes awry?
I have put in with the river at 40 ft. I did it at Schmidt. Would I recommend it, absolutely not. Lots of guys go out when the cincinnati gauge is at 29-34. Some start to get weary at 35+. Remember, river level and current are one thing, how much debris is coming down is another. Clear river and high water/current isn't so bad...but it is terrible when there are full sized trees you are dodging all day/night.
Know this really isn't an answer, but just some things to think about. You have to make the call. Be safe, and hook a big one.
Curtis summed it up, well said... I like it to be under 35 personally but the amount of debris is the key here on safety, 2 times I have had bad things happen ( close calls) while anchored in high water, lessons learned that I will not forget.
Thanks guys. I am pretty comfortable in the boat, but at the same time I am very, very cautious. I guess the only way to find out what is to high for me is to go and try iif I get the chance to go I'll let you guys know how I did.
- Travis Halsey
I have put in at NR plenty of times when when that big yellow pole at the ramp there is under water. I love fishing high water, but no sense in doing something if your scared the entire time, takes the fun out of it. Just be careful, 45 and up I usually dont bother, to much debris for my taste. But high water usually makes the fish easin pickens, atleast before every netter and their brother started on the markland pool...sorry had to throw that in there lol...Typically in high water around cincinnati NR is the only ramp you will find open. Other than Tanners
I pretty much agree with curtis , it is mainly dependant on how much debris not nesissarily water level. like after all these big storms we had i would say there will be a good amount of debris and it could get a little hairy out there.....RAT