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Im good at bass fishing in small ponds and streams where I can easily locate cover but I struggle in large lakes where everythin

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  • Im good at bass fishing in small ponds and streams where I can easily locate cover but I struggle in large lakes where everythin

    Im good at bass fishing in small ponds and streams where I can easily locate cover but I struggle in large lakes where everything looks the same. What do you do the first time you fish a big lake that you don't know very well?

  • #2
    Get a map of the lake that shows bottom structure.
    Hope this helps, good luck and good fishing.

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    • #3
      Boat docks, riprap areas, fallen tree tops, points, bridges all provide cover for fish. Try these on a new Lake as you learn to fish it.

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      • #4
        After trying everything above,fish off the points at different depths.
        If you are fishing from shore,be sure to keep a low profile.
        Good Luck!

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        • #5
          The areas beekeeper suggested are correct, also try to use a bait you can fish rather quickly so you can cover a lot of water to determine where the fish are. Once they are located you can come back through that area with a soft plastic and catch a lot more then.

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          • #6
            All of the above are correct. The only thing I can add is check in with the boat dock. In 5 minutes those guys can tell you where, when, and what they're biting on. Other than that I go out and look at the shore line, fish around docks tree tops, weed beds etc. I try to visualize what it will look like 15-20 feet out. Other than that you can buy a map as Big O says if you plan on fishing that place a lot. Another thing that helps is developing a click or group that fishes every weekend, we pass info back and forth all the time. I know guys this time of year that take their boats to work and don't make it home till after dark. (Wives very moody this time of year)

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            • #7
              Docks, bridges, hydrila/lily pads depending on where you live, and points...Good luck!

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              • #8
                shade under brush and trees, or docks, works like a charm

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