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alright this has been bothering me for a while. I can catch Large Mouth in any pond that has them, but i cant seem to catch anything in large lakes anybody have tips or lures that you use and what time of the year do you use them.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

You need to move around a lot to find an ideal spot. It is much easier to cover a pond than a lake. A lake just takes more time and patience.

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from crowdpleaser73 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I had the same problem i could slay bass like a bandit on farm ponds all day and not get anything outa the small state lake near my home. It wasn't intill i bought a cannoe and tried fishing where most people don't. I like to fish the streams coming into a lake preferably with grass or lilly pads, or the shallows of a cove with good cover. I like to use a hula poper mid size yellow. My secret bass slayer of choice for summer bass anywhere is a shadow with sparkle softy twin tail with a medium size painted eye jig head. It works like a charm in any condition. Hope this helped.

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from Briatica wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I also have had some difficulty fishing in large lakes. I live several minutes from a large lake with rocky shores that drop quickly (up to 40 feet deep within 10 feet of the shore). There is little greenery such as pads and grass, and bottom baits can get easily snagged on the bottom.

The key is to find what level the fish are at, and cover that level with a variety of baits -- I am a big fan of "match the batch" where I prefer to use realistic colored baits that resemble what the bass are feeding on. I also enjoy fishin crank baits as opposed to soft plastics as I feel I have more control over the action.

As we are entering fall, shad are balling within the top 15' of water. For this, I like to use a silver colored Rapala X-Rap Shad that covers the 7'-15' level. I use Acme Kastmasters, Rapala Skitterwalks, and various hard plastic jerk baits for the upper layers. For greater depth, I use a Norman D22 or the Rapala DT series crankbaits.

As far as locations, I try to fish wherever there are changes in conditions. I look for current changes, sediment buildup, structure such as bridge pilings, rocks or stumps, points on coves, etc. Bass prefer to linger around these structures. If you are using a fish finder on a boat, you can look for balls of shad which appear as a smear of suspended debris. From the shore, look for disturbances on the water -- bubbles may simply be a vent which would not signify fish, but disturbances on the surface can mean that baitfish or bass are feeding non-aggressively on the surface.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

There is more pressure on the lake bass. Alot of lure selections depend on conditions. If it early morning i like to throw a topwater along shorelines and points. poppers work great for this. If they arent bitin go for a senko style worm into the shallows. Rig weedless to start. If its slow try a wacky rig but youll get hung up alot more. Late mornig and afternoon I throw cranks to the points and drop offs. Jigs work well too. If its summer work them med fast to fast. Colder water work them slow and steady. Drop shot a golby rig behind the boat as you move down the shore line, kinda like trolling with it while you work the shore. Be as quiet as possible if they are spooked bass they might not hit!

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from dwerner wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

For big lakes it really helps to have a good boat and a depth finder along with a general knowledge of the lake. For pond fishing though, use plastic worms, spinnerbaits, or a topwater buzzbait or popper and you should catch something eventually. If none of that works, which is will if you give it time, try using live minnows hooked thru the lip with a small hook and bobber.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

You need to move around a lot to find an ideal spot. It is much easier to cover a pond than a lake. A lake just takes more time and patience.

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from crowdpleaser73 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I had the same problem i could slay bass like a bandit on farm ponds all day and not get anything outa the small state lake near my home. It wasn't intill i bought a cannoe and tried fishing where most people don't. I like to fish the streams coming into a lake preferably with grass or lilly pads, or the shallows of a cove with good cover. I like to use a hula poper mid size yellow. My secret bass slayer of choice for summer bass anywhere is a shadow with sparkle softy twin tail with a medium size painted eye jig head. It works like a charm in any condition. Hope this helped.

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from Briatica wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I also have had some difficulty fishing in large lakes. I live several minutes from a large lake with rocky shores that drop quickly (up to 40 feet deep within 10 feet of the shore). There is little greenery such as pads and grass, and bottom baits can get easily snagged on the bottom.

The key is to find what level the fish are at, and cover that level with a variety of baits -- I am a big fan of "match the batch" where I prefer to use realistic colored baits that resemble what the bass are feeding on. I also enjoy fishin crank baits as opposed to soft plastics as I feel I have more control over the action.

As we are entering fall, shad are balling within the top 15' of water. For this, I like to use a silver colored Rapala X-Rap Shad that covers the 7'-15' level. I use Acme Kastmasters, Rapala Skitterwalks, and various hard plastic jerk baits for the upper layers. For greater depth, I use a Norman D22 or the Rapala DT series crankbaits.

As far as locations, I try to fish wherever there are changes in conditions. I look for current changes, sediment buildup, structure such as bridge pilings, rocks or stumps, points on coves, etc. Bass prefer to linger around these structures. If you are using a fish finder on a boat, you can look for balls of shad which appear as a smear of suspended debris. From the shore, look for disturbances on the water -- bubbles may simply be a vent which would not signify fish, but disturbances on the surface can mean that baitfish or bass are feeding non-aggressively on the surface.

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

There is more pressure on the lake bass. Alot of lure selections depend on conditions. If it early morning i like to throw a topwater along shorelines and points. poppers work great for this. If they arent bitin go for a senko style worm into the shallows. Rig weedless to start. If its slow try a wacky rig but youll get hung up alot more. Late mornig and afternoon I throw cranks to the points and drop offs. Jigs work well too. If its summer work them med fast to fast. Colder water work them slow and steady. Drop shot a golby rig behind the boat as you move down the shore line, kinda like trolling with it while you work the shore. Be as quiet as possible if they are spooked bass they might not hit!

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from dwerner wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

For big lakes it really helps to have a good boat and a depth finder along with a general knowledge of the lake. For pond fishing though, use plastic worms, spinnerbaits, or a topwater buzzbait or popper and you should catch something eventually. If none of that works, which is will if you give it time, try using live minnows hooked thru the lip with a small hook and bobber.

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