Do you love big bluegill?
A little over a month ago, during a winter storm, I was driving by a local park that has a pond I've fished a few times. I noticed it was up to full pool. Hot Diggity!
At the end of last Summer, that pond was only about 6 - 12" deep, and I think the only fish present were a few minnows and a couple Gar. I had written it off as dead; it appeared that city parks had no interest in maintaining it.
I talked to the gent that runs the baitshop at my home lake (lake is also maintained by city parks). He said they finally got a new pump, and pumped some water out of the creek to refill the pond. Supposedly it will be restocked here soon as well, probably the standard ODWC load of Bluegill, LMBs, and Channel Cats.
I hit that pond up today, armed with the 4wt I got from Tooty and most of my flies. I didn't catch anything, but then, I wasn't expecting to. I wanted to get a little time on the water with this rod, as well as look around at the pond. Clarity in the pond is about 24", maybe a little more. I saw several different species of insects, some frogs, even a whole BUNCH of minnows in water that was only about an inch deep. Shallow water heats quickly, you know! I did see a surface disturbance, but not what caused it. It could have been a fish inhaling a bug, or a turtle going under, who knows?