Yes layouts are allowed, but be careful. Have a brightly colored flag and a Qbeam handy for those knuckleheads that think scouting means running threw flocks at full throttle. After opening weekend we will get decent sized rafts set up in the center of the larger bodies of water that a layout could work well on.
In the winter, you have to be careful not to get caught by an outgoing tide in the Delta and end up on "dry" land. By "dry" I mean 4' deep mud that a boat has no problem sitting high on but you sink.