Raging river, debris create dangers for anglers

wwny Raging river, debris create dangers for anglers

DEXTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - As the Black River rages, all the water ends up in Dexter and Lake Ontario.

In a normal year, this would be the perfect time to catch salmon, but in Dexter, this is no normal year.

"You don't want to go in the river when the water's this high because you won't be coming back," said Dexter Mayor James Eves.

As the Black River recedes from this weekend's flooding, the high water and debris from the northern parts of the river surge through Dexter, the last stop before Lake Ontario where debris can be spat out.

"It's quite amazing to see Coke machines and stuff like that floating down the river, stuff that washed up from up north, all kinds of stuff you see, coolers and logs," said Eves.

All of that debris, coupled with the high water, make fishing a dangerous pastime.

Even in the calmer waters, putting a boat out is too dangerous with whole trees, docks and everything in between floating by or sinking down.

"You're out there with a motor, you don't see them until you feel it and that's when it goes bump on your outdrive and you've got a problem," said Eves.

And along the riverbanks, many spots are either swallowed by high water or present a danger of sucking a wading fisherman in.

For those reasons, Patrick Skarrup couldn't go to any of his usual fishing spots.

"It's just too high, it's too unpredictable, you've got trees coming down and it's just not worth it. It's not worth your life," he said.

The Black River will continue to go down and should be safe to fish in by the time steelhead trout come through.

Until then, Skarrup said, “Just pay attention to the water levels and don’t misjudge it.”

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