Where to fish next
by Terry Broome
Location, location, location, just like anything else, where you fish has much to do about catching fish as it is a proven fact that 80% of the fish live in 10% of the lake. When you are fishing a big lake, where you go next is your most important decision each day.
Sometimes, you can just have too many places to fish with too many miles to travel to get there. When that happens, you must think about what you need to do to find fish! The best advice I can give folks is to understand what are the natural details of the spot you have found fish. In other words, is the area a point, a contour drop, or a break and does it have wood on it? There are many questions to be answered about the area you are catching fish. When you understand its unique properties, you can then expand your catching to spot more, similar, locations.
The biggest advantage about expanding your fishing spots is you generally do not have to travel far to find more fish. Bass move to similar locations within close proximity and are generally not too far away from where you just caught them before. The key is to expand to locations that have similar characteristics; so, the first thing to do is find those areas within a mile or so and start checking those when your fish dry up. If that does not produce, then change depths again, within short distances, but similar in bottom structure. A point is a point whether it is a point dropping into five feet of water or dropping into 20 feet of water. Stumps are in shallow locations as well as deep locations. Today we all have tools that have unique abilities to help you locate more fish!
If you are struggling, use your tools and you will be much better off because traveling costs money and there are no guarantees that moving 15 miles will produce more fish. The bass are not going to move ten miles so why would you? I believe that the bass only move short distances, especially when the elements are similar or constant, like springtime, or winter and so on. Look for bottom changes around you and you will find fish!