The algae has made fishing from shore difficult, but as long as you don't mind cleaning junk off your hook after each retrieve, its do-able. The algae is only one issue lately. The other issue is the bluegills (and crappies) have been ultra-finicky. Willing to hit almost everything, but not wanting to hang on to anything long enough to get HOOKED. So, I've been tying up a variety of patterns I normally don't use, in order to try and pinpoint something the fish will take and hold onto longer.
First was a variation of John Scott's CFC October Caddis. I left the rubber legs/antenna off this example:
I was excited to try them out on the bluegills. It needs more experimentation, but it DID catch fish!