"If a lake has literally thousands of boat docks, you know that's where the fish will be," he says. "On the other hand, if a lake has only a few docks and piers, you won't want to spend all your time fishing them." Finally, what if the lake has few visible features? Look for forage, advises Yelas. Baitfish, which may be visible around the shoreline, are normally best spotted with a depthfinder when you're on the water. In the spring and fall, bass tend to chase baitfish more actively, and whenever you encounter any type of surface activity, especially in tributary creeks, you're usually close to bass.