High pressured lakes
by Mike Gerry
One thing you will be able to count on in 2021 is the fact that our lakes will become more and more crowded every year; there will be no exceptions. The pandemic, the popularity growth and the increasing population will add fishermen, every year, to the already crowded lakes for the popular sport of freshwater fishing, hence bass fishing!
The simple fact that fishing boat sales have been increasing every month since the pandemic was announced indicates that the need for family fun and social distancing sports have become the wave of the future; the key is how do you respond!
You can get mad and act poorly on the water every time you get your opportunity to fish because of the pressure and be frustrated, or you can embrace the increased popularity and just accept the differences. The old saying that a “bad day on the water is better than a good day a work,” has some meaning in today’s world.
You just must embrace it, understand the differences, and accept having fun on the water as great times, good people, family togetherness and work hard for decent results. We all go there to catch fish, but do not let that consume you, make it fun and you will be successful.
A few things you can do to help is look for areas that are off the popular areas of your lake, the pressure will push the fish to areas of less pressure allowing you to find success where many might think they cannot.
Find those hidden areas, look for unique changes in structure that are different than the popular structure you have always found fish on in the past. Look for current breaks that may not have been present in past experiences in areas where the structure has changed or moved from the past. The fact is, not only do the fish relocate from fishing pressure, but they also move because the bottom structure changes many times every year from current or boat wash. Hard bottom areas change and become soft silty bottoms, moving the fish. Ambush areas change, and the fish move to safer ambush feeding spots.
All these changes, along with increased pressure, forces you to adapt and that is the biggest change you can make to be successful!