I got a list of open boat ramps from the COE, and chose to head out to Yegua Creek park. When I got there, the gates were open, but nobody was manning the station. I pulled up the parks website and it said Closed on Saturday. So I headed over to the next park, Rocky Creek, and it is closed until further notice apparently. So I called Lake Somerville Marina and they were open, so I launched from there.
Light rain and clouds stayed around for most of the morning, and they gradually gave way to mostly cloudy skies. Surface water temperature was just over 70 degrees. It was breezy about midday but calmed down later in the afternoon.
The lake must have been impacted by the recent rains we've been getting down here because the lake was very high; the picnic tables by the boat ramp were nearly submerged. Not being very familiar with fishing the lake, I headed out for the dam and fished the rocks and emergent vegetation along its length, using some custom deep diving and squarebill crankbaits (courtesy of Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad), plastic worms and Senko-type baits, a chatterbait, and Ned rig with a Z-Man LeechZ in green pumpkin. I was able to pull one shorty on one of the crankbaits:
Lake Somerville has lots of emergent vegetation and shoreline cover. Nearly every bank I followed had an abundance of cover, mostly in the form of reeds and grass beds. I did some pitching into the reeds with a creature bait, and also tried Texas rigged worms. Neither produced a bite. I caught another shorty on a Carolina rigged Black/Blue flake Strike King Zero.
Later on, I fished some newly submerged vegetation in about 2-3 feet of water and caught another handful of dinks on the Ned rig as well as a 4" shaky head trick worm in black/blue flake. I pulled another small one into the boat on a shad colored Red Eye Shad lipless over some submerged grass at one of the flooded parks in shallow water. Right near this area was a huge flock of Pelicans that were huddled together in one spot. There's no sense of scale in the photo, but they're big birds, and it was an impressive sight:
Coming back to the ramp, on the other side of the wide cove, I saw this rectangular thing roughly the shape of a shipping container blasting across the water. It was the strangest thing. I sat there for a minute trying to figure out what it was and couldn't, so I got my boat out of the water and started cleaning it up. When I looked back over to the ramp area, I saw it sitting there in the water so I grabbed my phone and ran down there. It was a pontoon boat converted into a duck blind. They guy told me he had just finished building it, and I guess they were taking it for a test run out there.
All in all, I boated seven small largemouth. By the end of the day I was wondering if Somerville had any bass over a pound. I don't hear a lot about people fishing for black bass there, just white bass and catfish. It sure is a nice looking lake, though. The features of the lake and the land around it remind me somewhat of the Hill Country.