When we have high water in Mississippi the fish just about always go shallow. Fish in the woods, roads and fields, pay special attention to the small ditches, even roadside ditches.
High water is some of the best fishing!
I'm not sure where you're at but they could be spawning. Spawning bass will often pick a bait or live salamander up and move it away from their bed. Bed fishing can get under your skin unless the females are locked on and guarding it.