Welcome once more to the Fishing Report.
It's still pretty floody around here. The lake was dropping, but with more rain yesterday and forthcoming, I don't see it going down any time soon. The good news as of Thursday was that the road to one of my fishing spots has been re-opened. (Good thing for all those people who live up there, too. Now they can drive the direct pavement instead of the dirt backroads.)
What happened last week... let's see...
I went out on Monday, I think. Cleared some more detritus out of the road at my go-to spot, but on a different part. The bluegills were biting, but the bass were bored with worms. I mean, I could literally see bass ignoring my bait. Casting out underneath the trees caught me three 8-9" bluegills. They all went back.
Back out again on Thursday. I tried going to a few different spots first thing in the morning. The first one up under the bridge on the main lake: The parking lot is above water which meant it was full of trucks and trailers. The only place I thought I might be able to stand and cast out was a poison ivy garden. The next spot was a state park I'd fished in last week, except now they're 'open' and charging $5 to enter, so I left. Plenty of free places to fish. As often as I fish, I'd be broke if I fished there. Went exploring some of my usual regular spots and found that road open, so I went to the top of the peninsula. The parking lot is above water, but just barely. I cast out from there, but it was super sunny and getting hot. No luck. Then I went to another, semi-hidden spot. The water was up to the sign that says 'Lake Ahead'. Which means the parking lot is totally flooded. I made a 7-point turn in the road and left. Off to my go-to spot again. Got some solid hits there, casting out into the parking lot, but was unable to seal the deal. Left about noon.
Update on the reel saga. The shiny-new Plueger is dead. Thus, to avoid wasting more money on shit that breaks, I went back and taught myself how to use that damn Abu Garcia I had so much trouble with. Umm, once you get the hang of it, it's really a good reel. Derp. So, I'm using that and an old spincaster Hubs had. The Abu Garcia is great when I have loads of room to cast and the spincaster is great for when I'm in a tighter spot - like when I was casting under those trees on Monday. (Mainly because or rod length, I guess. The Abu is on a 6.5' rod and the old spincaster is on a 5.5' rod.) Anyway, it's all good now, baby.
I'd tell you to get out and enjoy nature, but the weather is weird, so do what you can. Until next week, Hasta la bye-bye.