It is not the same as other lakes in my opinion. I do well in the summer in the deepest water I can find with brush in 16 to 18 ft. One thing, follow the river channel and look for bends with brush. Forget the timber in my opinion...just how I do it. Bridges hold some fish but are pressured...forget that too. The spawn this year is weird like everywhere else. I suspect it is happening where the spawned last year, which is about 6 feet under now.
I've been pondering along the same lines you're talking. There are a couple of bends that now have a bit more structure than there used to be!
I put out 4 homemade PVC trees that are around 6' tall in what is now 16' of water. When (if) the lake comes back up, it should be good for Summer and winter bites. As of Sunday evening, I even marked a few fish around them. I took the advice of a gent on here that recommended that I rough sand the tar out of the pipe before dropping it in.
I placed them well off the beaten path in an area that everyone told me not to go into or I'd lose a lower unit, I explained to them that's why I have a trolling motor! We shall see how it goes soon I hope.
I try my best to avoid crowds on the lake. While I lived on Fork, I fished year round, but never joined the crowd at the dam during the winter crappie fishing, just too many folks for me.