There are very few public fishing areas on most bodies of water, and this one is no different. I have had very little success over the last 2 open water seasons but I still rather be out there trying than sitting on my butt at home.
Now, the river, especially this time of year, is a popular Walleye fishery. This means there are lots of people fishing, and the majority are in boats. Drift jigging is a very popular method that has good success from what I have seen. It just so happens one of the better shore fishing spots is at one of these "hot" spots for jigging.
Since jigging from shore in a river is darn-near impossible, and slow reeling 3-ways usually ends up in snags, I typically have no choice but to cast it out and let it sit and wait for a bite. Meanwhile, the several boats working this same stretch of river, insist on coming so close to me, they catch my lines. This has happened 3 times this week, twice results in my rig getting snagged and having to snap my line, and today it got caught in the guys trolling motor and he keeps going down river as hes apparently trying to free it, I either have to cut my line or throw my rod in, and I'll be damned if thats going to happen, so I had to cut it.
My point is.. Is getting that 5 yards closer to me really that important? Gear isnt cheap and snags happen on their own, I dont need you in your boat to come by and catch my line a couple times a day.
You have just as much right to fish the river as I do. However, you (boaters) can fish the entire river, anywhere you want. I have very limited places. If you insist on fishing the same stretch of river, please, please, please... Have some common courtesy to your fellow [shore> fisher men and women, and give us a little more room. The river is plenty wide enough and I'm not even close to half way across.