Everyone has their secret spots when it comes to fishing, but while traveling to new lakes, keep these tips in mind. Largemouth bass spend most of their lives in 5 to 15 feet deep water, but occasionally move deeper to hunt for food or to escape sunlight. When near shallow water bass are typically near some kind of shady cover, and more likely if that shade is near deep water. As a fisherman, look near emergent vegetation, lily pads, submerged weeds, overhanging trees, stumps, brush, and docks are always a common place to find them.
Depending on the time of year, bass will locate to different parts of the lakes and ponds. While one spot may be great in the summer, that may not be true in the fall.
Places to try in natural lakes:
· In the spring, get into the shallow bays because they warm faster than the rest of the lake. Bass move in to find a meal and later, spawn. Mud-bottomed bays warm first because the dark bottom absorbs those sunny rays.
· In the summer and fall, get to the weed lines. Too far from there the water get's too deep for adequate light penetration.
· Slop bays attract bass in summer due to the thick layer of floating weeds keeping the water below relatively cool. Also, they offer an abundant supply of food.
· Rocky bottoms or weedy bottoms with humps make for a superb summertime bass hangout. The shade offered by the rocks and weeds and the ability for bass to retreat into the adjacent deep water is attractive to them.
· Shallow flat parts of the water on warm sunny days in late fall and winter work too. The flats along the shore are best because they warm faster.
Places to try in man-made lakes:
· Try the main lake points, especially near river channels or streams, both in summer and winter.
· In the summer, try the river channel bends and intersections; they're typically better than straight sections.
· Any man-made stuff like; submerged roadbeds, railroad grades and foundations make for good bass hideouts. Some reservoir maps will show these features giving you a head start from searching for them.
· In the summer look for humps with timber or weeds, and especially if they are close to river channels.