I would probably not worry abut the east.
The gunny and the Ark are on fire right now and the places you mention are fishing very well. There is a ton of good fish in the Taylor right now and the Ark is fishing as usual, very good. I like fishing the below stockmans bridge to Howard. On the Gunny I would go for some Kokes. The browns are chasing buggers. AT anytime you can pick up a new bunch coming up river above the Lake City bridge.
Good time to be in the gunny area.