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i went to see what hte flooding did to the wabash down at the mouth yesterday and it took its toll at mackey bend there are two new islands it washed a ditch 150 or 200 yards wide by 30 or 50 yards deep for more tyhan a mile down there we only made it to thumperkeg island and no farther real devistating
 

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Talked to a guy today at the Posey County Extension Office who went down there to shoot some pictures. According to him the ditch you referred to may become (if it hasn't already) the new river channel and Mackey Bend an island, for now and a possible Oxbow in the future. He said the Army Corp is scheduled to take a look at it too. I'm planning on making a run down there this weekend in the boat and seeing it for myself. The silt from the Wabash has closed barge traffic on the Ohio until they can get the channel dredged back out. He claimed the "ditch" is all the way through to the bottom of the bend and has a swift current flowing through it. Give me some more details or advice if you have any.

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don my very good friend and duck hunting partner works for our local barge service he said the the dredge is going right now but nhe said that after it makes a pass when it turn to make another his last pass is all ready full of sand again i guess its all the sand in the wabash coming out as for the new channel when we went down there we didn't go all the way to fish slew i think thats where its flowing through but not sure we went to i think its called hickory or walnut ridge slew sure is a mess
 

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Benelli7979,
I've hunted several times in Mackey Bend when the water was up and had success. I'm real curious what affect this change will have on the waterfowl hunting down there. Old river channels are fair game when you can access them by boat, so there may be some good to come out of this in the long run. Of course, you would still be trespassing any time you got out of the old channel. Everyone has to protect their leases.
 

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don i too have had good luck there but i now hunt different areas that arent quite so crowded i think it will only in prove the area but if the farmers cant get there to plant crops it might not be good might make a good nesting habitat
 

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The farmer with the deepest pockets down there will invest in a ferry/barge set-up and end up farming the majority of the ground. Some of it may end up in the WRP too. The biggest losers were the ones who owned the ground that is now the new channel.
 
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