I personally don’t like the super old laydowns, because I believe they provide less cover as the smaller limbs fall off. Still, I have confidence that a very old laydown will hold some fish. My favorite laydowns are the ones where all the leaves have dissolved off, and that have been around long enough for the bass to find them, settle in, and call them home. A fresh laydown, on the other hand, hasn’t been around long enough in my opinion to draw in significant fish. It will also be very hard to fish because it will be very thick. I’m not saying you won’t catch bass off a fresh laydown, but I am saying I’m not sold on them being best, otherwise I would have been helping some trees fall into the water around some of my favorite fishing shorelines for years. So let’s see what you think.