For what it's worth, I did load up the boat and head to Mississippi river on Friday. After watching the Big Cat Safari dvd the night before, I was fired up. First I went to Columbia Bottoms, but was apprehensive about putting in. I was by myself and wasn't comfortable with the high water. I haven't been on the river when it's running this high and was a bit concerned that I didn't remember where all the dikes where. I assume this is a major problem when the river is just about 6 inches above the dikes????? They probably wouldn't have come into play, but I wasn't going to risk it. Then, I went to Melvin Price thinking I didn't have far to run to get a line wet. A few gentlemen were snagging Asian carp every cast and I saw one boat launched, but the wind was really whipping it. In the end, I wussed out and opted to watch the Masters instead -- probably missing out on the Blue of a lifetime, but I stayed warm and the prop is intact.