That really stinks!
I would never even think about going on a river in a canoe or kayak right now. I probably wouldn't even go on a larger river in a power boat. That's just asking to hit a submerged log the rain has washed down (never mind all the raw sewage, blech!). There's so many additional dangers to paddling that a PFD wouldn't necessarily save you from anyway. You could get caught on an underwater obstruction and dragged under by the current, even wearing a PFD. You could get slammed into a bridge support or the underside of a bridge. The water level in many places is right up to the bottom of bridges so there's no room to squeeze underneath. You can't swim your way out of danger either.
My passion for catching fish is eclipsed only by the fish's passion not to be caught.