I agree...I dont fish lakes that often that are not connected to the SJR system but the fishing this year for me on the SJR hasnt been that good. late June early july it started off good once the water level was close to normal but sense then its been high and I havnt had much luck compared to past yrs. We took a day and hit a lake for some smallies a few weeks ago and it was the best fishing I had all summer.It is just crazy how high the water has been on the St.John River system. Thinking if people want to try fishing bass or pickerel before the season is over is to try a lake that is not connected to a major river system. Where I live, that means a longer drive but if it means better fishing it would be worth while.