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Learning the Lakes - Bass Fishing in New Water

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/23/2006 | Hobbies
For thousands of bass fishing enthusiasts the thrill of discovering a great location for catching fish can almost equal the thrill of catching one. If you are new to bass fishing or if you are planning to fish in a new location, you will find more success with this simple plan to find the best fishing wherever you go!


Research the lake. Whether you're participating in a tournament or just spending the day fishing in a new area nothing can help you find the right spots to fish like doing a little research.

Maps of the area can give you a good start. You may also find information about your location in magazines or websites dedicated to bass fishing. The more you know about the area the better you can plan your day and (hopefully) make the best catches.


Get experienced input. Finding an experienced guide to accompany you on your first fishing day on a new body of water can provide you the optimum support for finding the best fishing spots as well as guidance for the best techniques to use in that water.

Seasons and fishing cycles will also affect the fishing and an experienced guide will be familiar with the changes that occur in fishing patterns in that water.

Don't think that you shouldn't use a guide simply because you're an accomplished bass fisher in your own right. Guides who are familiar with the local area can improve your chances for success immensely. However, if you cannot find a guide you can still find good information from local fishing equipment supply stores - although they may be giving the same information to other out-of-town fishers who may crowd the same spots.

If you are preparing for a tournament you will want to have unbiased information lest the guide be in competition with you. Doing your own research and testing the lake before competition is still very important.


Know where to look. Learning about your 'quarry' will help you locate the best fishing spots regardless of whether you are familiar with the water or not.

Since bass like to stay close to objects rather than stay in open water you should try angling near rocks, trees or other cover.

Depending on the weather and factors such as feeding times or breeding, your fish may be more or less likely to gravitate to particular areas of the lake. Learning about their habits will help you select the best areas and techniques.


While research, a guide and an understanding of the habits of bass will all help you locate your fish, you should still remain adaptable. Changing lures, weights and areas frequently if the fish are not biting will provide you with hands on research that will build with your experience.

Fish will not all be in the same place doing the same thing so be patient and enjoy the search while planning for the best catch yet!