Much less structure up in the shady guts of these ponds
There were dozens of fish in this little area, barely sticking their heads out of the grasses. They were so lazy that they wouldn't chase weighted lures down or across the bottom, so lazy that they wouldn't hit surface lures, but I threw a few weightless/suspending "presentations" (lol) at them that proved pretty effective. I had used up my "hiking" time so had to cut the effort short - but now I know what types of areas to target the next time I visit this spot.
That same day, I was able to stop into one of our state forests, which has protected a lot of the headwater acreage of Zekiah Swamp. Zekiah Swamp is one of the largest and most intact freshwater wetland systems in Maryland, the largest intact forested wetland system in Maryland, and one of Maryland's 9 scenic rivers. Although its "scenic" nature is not navigable by even the smallest kayak.
For a few years, I've tried finding some high quality fishing through this corridor, but because of the area's natural state (flooded swamps instead of deep creeks and streams), I've largely failed. The pond in the picture above is a great, shining example of that failure. However, I keep looking, and hopefully I'll find that perfect spot in the swamp one day!
And as for my fishing on the rising barometer - perhaps I'll limit it to the aftermath of SMALL rain events. If nothing else, it was great to get outside and enjoy the smell of marsh mud baking in the sun....another summer will soon be upon us.