went up last night, water wasn't too bad. it is up about 1 1/2 feet. it was a little rough trailering my boat. wind was coming from the south and kept pushing my boat sideways into the dock. took 3 tries even though i was using my 35 horse. yes, it is ok to use your big motor to trailer. i was given this info by watershed when i was getting inspected. you can also use it if you're caught in a storm to get back. watershed is at baldridge ramp checking boats every time i come in to leave. the water didn't seem to make a difference to the crappie bite. they were still on. tried a different place to fish than our usual hole. crappies are smaller now. i think the spawn is over at hoover now. not seeing any with eggs in their bodies anymore. think i'll start going to alum now. as long as i was catching nice crappie, i saw no reason to change. i've been at hoover every time i've fished this year. i've caught more crappie this year than i have for a loooong time.