I flyfished a local public pond. I had fished it earlier in the year and caught some decent crappies, but in the half-dozen trips since April, I had only caught a grand total of 6 more crappies. I was worried about the population, and also concerned about all the algae and weeds that had rimmed the pond all summer.
The algae and weeds have mostly died off now, but may decompose over the winter, robbing the water of precious oxygen and possibly causing a winterkill. I hope my fears do not come to fruition.
The migratory geese and ducks have stirred up the sediment in the pond, reducing the water clarity significantly.
The rest of the story is good news. I found plenty of crappies and bluegills, and they are in GREAT SHAPE right now....all very chunky and healthy! I caught one 13" bass, and my "pet" bass...the 20-incher I caught 3 times last year...showed up. She hung out right in front of me for quite awhile. Because of the mud stirred up by the waterfowl, I could only see her when she was very shallow, right in front of me. She gave chase to a nice bluegill I had hooked, but she didn't catch it. I released a crappie back into the water, and as it swam towards deeper water, she appeared and gulped in the front 1/2 of the crappie, then turned and swam off with it still in her mouth. Pretty cool!
Pretty much all the fish hit a chartreuse 1/80th oz microjig suspended @ 18" beneath a Fish Pimp strike indicator.
And the pictures: