Got my typical late start, launching off the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Have to say, it wasn't a bit harder than using the ramp under normal conditions and the caretakers of the courtesy dock had it pulled up and usable.
Started out with a blade and square bill on the deck and found the scattered hardwoods and flooded backyard grass I was looking for without much effort. Finding the bass wasn't quite as easy. Ran several good stretches without a sniff. Finally pulled out a finesse jig, started flipping it in some willows and came up with a keeper LM. Probably should have stuck with that approach but frankly, it just didn't appeal to me. Having the boat to myself and the opportunity to position it however I wanted in the flooded timber, I was determined to catch em on the winding baits.
Could go on ad nauseum but will save you guys the boredom. Story of the day was about one bite every half hour. After that first jig fish, the rest came on a 3/8-ounce War Eagle spinnerbait with double willows and a Strike King replacement skirt in some shade of blue shad. Finished up throwing a sunperch colored War Eagle 3/8 with a single willow and Colorado kicker.
With the cold front blowing thru, it seemed critical to bump the trees with the blades as you came by. No bump, no bite. Fished a lot of very good stuff that on a better day would probably have produced more fish. Did manage five keeps for probably 10 pounds and change. Nothing to write home about.
Water clarity was very fishable from SK bridge down to Big Creek, with noticeable clearing down around Campbell Point. I'd say visibility ranged from 15 inches to maybe 3 feet. Water temps were 76 to 78.
Might go back Thursday but not planning to join the Memorial Day fray this weekend. Anyone who does please be careful out there. It's crazy enough in normal conditions, let alone this flooded mess. Launch ramps should be a real hoot. Back in my drinking days, I'd have set up a lawn chair and enjoyed the show.