I had 1 hour to fish on Thursday (9/22). I visited the closest public pond, which was in a nearby 'burb, since that is where I was at the time. Like the last visit here, there was still a LOT matted floating algae around the edges of this pond...and the water clarity is still rather poor. I neglected to fish the spots where I've had the best success in the past, because it would have been too much of a hassle trying to get a hooked fish up and through that much algae and get it to shore.
I fished a couple spots where the algae mats were less obtrusive. I tried a microjig & indicator. I had some hits, and even caught a couple bluegills, but it was tough and slow. I had a few good strikes at the indicator, so I tried a foam topwater pattern, the Chernobyl Ant/Hopper. Got some good strikes on that as well, but couldn't hook up with the fish. I switched to a yellow boa yarn leech and caught a couple more bluegills on that. There were some healthy 8-inch bluegills! I switched one more time to a chartreuse Docaroo, and fished my way back to the car. No more fish were caught, however.
Today (9/23) during lunch, I fly-fished a local pond for 1/2 hour. I had the chartreuse Docaroo still tied on, and I fully planned to change flies right away...until I walked down to the pond. There is a large fountain in the pond, but it was not on this time. The wind died down several times, and combined with the bright sun and clear water, I could see the tops of aquatic weeds almost everywhere. Even out in the area I'm pretty sure is the deepest part of the pond! The weeds came to within 12"-18" of the surface in most places, and even touched the surface in a few places.
I decided to go ahead and fish with the Docaroo. I could see a few fish near shore, most were small. Well, small is a relative term, I know. There are Crappies in this pond that might touch 10", Bluegills might top out at 8" to 8.5" and the abundant Green Sunfish are all sizes from 1"-8". I didn't see or catch any Crappies today. I did catch 4 nice chunky Bluegills, and at least 10 Green Sunfish...mostly the larger ones, but I did catch 3 of the tiny ones too. They're rather cute when they are that small!
I thought about taking some pictures of the fish I was catching, but in the end I didn't bother.