I assure you, if you knew where the best shallow water spot on your lake is, the fish would be there daily. Now in the Winter months many of them that travel there everyday route to the shallows will fulfill their feeding habit before reaching the bank. They stop on several ambush points along the way to feed. Big Bass will stay on these ambush spots longer during the Winter to conserve energy if possible.
Some Bass will not be as successful, so they will continue their route into the shallows. We are talking about a very short distance from their comfort zone to the bank; but yet it is usually a flat joining a creek swing. Coming out of the creek where the water is 10 to 15 deep the flat immediately jumps to 5 ft. and the bank is only a few yards away. Each Big Bass has her stops along the route to the shallows. She will be on the same stumps or bushes everyday.
The creek will be closer to one bank than the other. They are not always on the short distance side to the bank. More often they are on the side of the creek with a little more distance to the bank. A longer flat gives them more stumps and bushes to ambush from on the way to the bank. I always fish the side that the wind is blowing on so the warmer water is being pushed to that bank.
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