To stay on bass in a small system, you need to find the main transition zone or “middle zone,” as I call it. The bulk of these small mountain lakes across the country have a deep rocky end and a shallow end that often has plenty of sediment on the bottom and some aquatic vegetation. While this layout can certainly vary from lake to lake, this is a general rule of thumb. Most bass anglers target the shallow end when the water’s warm, and then fish the deeper section when the weather cools. That plan works, but the heart of the year-round action lies in main transition from shallow to deep. This could be the first deep point near the shallow end, the first deeper swing bank leading out of the shallow end, or it could simply be the expansive drop-off at the end of what you consider the shallow end. These transitions are not only about deep to shallow, but they come with a drastic change in type and amount of aquatic vegetation, changes in bottom content, water clarity differences, or any combination thereof.