Another tough day, but we may have found one of the reasons. We hit Beaver at about 9 AM in the fog. Very calm and beautiful morning with the sun shining through the fog. Once we got enough light we noticed the water was very murky. Blaming it on the recent rains we just kept plugging along.
Nada for most of the day as we worked our way around the East side of the lake in the fog and only picked up a few small fish. As we about finished our circuit of the lake when my son said, "Holy Crap!" I looked over and he was pointing at the shore on the west side. There, where there is usually a nice bunch of lily pads along the road, was a HUGE section of the floating mat that surrounds much of the lake. I'm talking a section of mat full of 8' cattails, and even some small trees about 100 yds long and 50 yards wide that had broken loose from the North end of the lake (probably in the recent high winds) and been driven across the lake and against the shore. If it had travelled an additional 100 yards it would have totally blocked off the launch ramp.
Anyhow, that's where a bunch of the murky, muddy water came from and most likely screwed up local bass behaviour for awhile. I've attached a picture--the mat came somewhere from the far back of the picture.