In my opinion, the idea that northern lakes can't produce true montser bass is a total misconception. People tend to think these heavily pressured, high boat traffic bodies of water just won't kick out a giant. The reason I disagree is because it's the other characteristics of many northern lakes that override the negative roles fishing and boating pressure play. First of all, northern lakes are either frozen or too cold to bass fish on for at least a third of the year, and that provides ample refuge and down time for the fish. Secondly, if you think about it, boating pressure ain't all bad. On the weekends, all the jet skis and sail boats and wake boarders churn up the banks and tear up the surface. In response, big fish usually shut down and tuck away, so essentially, all that commotion is making them less pressured. But beyond the cold and pressure points, here are the other characteristics I think make a northern lake more likely to grow some giants.