Don't know where you're hunting, but I can personally attest to the bay. It's not just the water levels, but what that does to the habitat. The water levels on the bay right now are comparable to '96-'97, after which they took a nose dive of several feet until just a couple years ago...so 20 years approximately? What that did is change the habitat, which (according to the theory) changed the patterns of waterfowl. The phragmites on the bay is out of control, and that started in the low water years. Phrag provides very little, if anything, in the way of habitat for ANY critters, let alone waterfowl. I hunted areas this fall that I hadn't been able to access with a boat for 20 years due to low water, and what used to be cattails and other lower cover is now solid phrag, and the stuff is darn near impenetrable so most of that area is now nearly unhuntable. Birds don't like it any more than we like it. So what the theory suggests is the low water created a lot of other problems, not just a lack of water.