Sheer, rocky banks add character to any lake, and they attract bass for a variety of reasons. Often rocky walls have been carved by creeks or rivers over aeons, and these underwater highways bring in a constant flow of bass throughout the year. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass move up and down on steep banks with little effort when prowling for food. And below the waterline the walls generally afford bass the same ambush sites you see above the surface: stair-step ledges, dark crevices, jutting points, rock piles, and boulders. But while most anglers recognize these obvious bass magnets, few employ the variety of lures and thoughtful presentations needed to consistently catch fish from steep banks.