The multiple floods that have hit Louisiana over the last year have changed the river fisheries like the Red River and Atchafalaya. Last night a Louisiana DNR officer spoke to anglers about being more cautious than normal because the areas that were fine to travel over by boat may not be this time around.
The sand, silt and mud that has washed from land into this fishery has changed the contour lines and the navigable waters greatly. For instance, this sand bar that now has grass growing on it wasn't here last year at this time, but it looks as if it's been here forever.
A lot of these areas are enclosed with rock jetties, which with high water is dangerous because you can't see them in the dirty Red River water color.