What do you do when you are about to fish a new lake? I'm not talking about preparing for a tournament just normal fishing.
I like to look at the forecast and get fishing reports when available. Another thing I do is look at the navionics web app to scout locations that might be good. Google earth for nice satellite pictures. Lake levels.
After taking all that into consideration I rig 5 rods with what I expect to use.
Am I missing anything or am I doing too much? Since I'm still new at this I invite your opinions.
It doesn't matter if you are tournament fishing or fun fishing. Finding the fish is not a easy process. For every 20 spots fished you will find one of them holding good fish. Selecting one lake and spending about an hour on each spot until you have fished all the way around it is the key. If you select and mark 60 spots on your maps to fish you will have covered the lake very well.
- During this season try you best to fish after a 2 day warming trend if possible on a very calm day.
- Try to cover 3 spots each morning at day break to 9:00, looking for the shallow water fish first. On a cloudy calm day you will be able to fish shallow longer and cover more spots.
- It will take about 20 trips to cover the whole lake or your best 60 spots that you have selected.
- Double up on the 5 rods you are putting on the deck. 10 rods with at least 5 of them holding search baits like spinner baits, crank baits and top water will save valuable time during the 3 hour window.
- Cover water quickly fishing the visible cover first. Then go to your plastics to pitch, flip and Crig. to find the cover that is not visible along with a deeper diving crank in 5 ft. of water.
- After 9:00 continue these techniques and work your way out deeper from 5 to 10 ft.
- As mentioned fish your selected North Cuts first this time of year. Narrow long cuts or coves running East and West are also very good at holding the warmer water even if the wind blows out of the North. Coves, cuts and creeks with sharp bends running these directions are the best as it is almost impossible for the warm water to be be blown out to the main body of water.
- If you are not getting bit on your search baits spend the last 30 min. on each spot with your slow, slow presentations with a jig and your go to plastics.
- Fish stained water coves that have lots of shallow water running out to the creek. Also fish as far away as you can get, always looking for untouched water and new fish if possible.