3. PENETRATE THE COVER
Thick, gnarly, tangled cover-the kind most fishermen avoid-offers just the kind of seclusion that big bass in hard-fished lakes seek out. A mess of blown-down trees, hydrilla, or bulrushes at the back of a quiet cove will often have a hidden pocket 4 or 5 feet deep. Those are perfect spots for trophies. Approach carefully so you don't spook fish-use a canoe or kayak if you can. Flip a dark-colored, wacky-rigged Senko (hooked in the middle, no weight) into the pocket, or use a live shiner or, if legal, a bluegill under a bobber.