looking for thoughts: last year i discovered a little group of ponds right along the road i take to and from work which is on a flood plain and populated with the kind of fish you'd expect to get distributed by a flood from local farm ponds: lmb, pumpkinseed, bullhead, crappie, etc. i started prospecting it sometime in march or april last year with a spinning rod and once i found fish i started stopping each day on my way to and from work and taking a few casts with the fly rod. i had success virtually every stop until it got choked with weeds in the summer. sometime in the fall i noticed one morning that a TON of the weeds which had choked up the ponds were piled up on the shores, and then for a few mornings in a row i noticed a small group of bait fishers working the ponds on my way to work. didn't think much of it but i wondered whether all those weeds were somehow dredged cause it seemed really odd the way they showed up overnight and seemed to coincide with the presence of the same group of people showing up and fishing every day for several days. with the weeds gone i gave it another try but had zero success. i've been looking forward to this time of the spring to enjoy this spot again, but as i've driven by it leading up to april i've noticed that the water color doesn't look quite right. i've been taking a few casts coming and going for about two weeks now, with both a little spinner and fly gear, and have seen zero signs of fish. maybe its still a touch early, but i have a cruddy feeling that something catastrophic happened to these ponds. the color seems a little off, and while i still see signs of beaver and otter work, ducks, redwinged blackbirds, and signs of insect life - there's no sign of fish. anybody have any thoughts? is it possible someone dredged the ponds and killed off the fish in the process, or that they've been poisoned? there were no floods this year, and the kinds of fish in these ponds are pretty robust.