Back when I bass fished a lot it was before side scan and all this crazy technology. I fished patterns and only relied on the Humminbird for depth and temp. I looked at creek channels like roads and highways. I would familiarize myself with the lake with a map and look for the main creek channels. In the fall The fish will feed aggressively getting ready for their metabolism to slow for winter. They are less finicky in the fall. The fish will follow the creeks out of the deeper waters and find their food in the shallower waters. Typically they follow the primary baitfish around. In the fall I could usually go to any lake and find baitfish and bass 5-10' of water around shallow water structure near a main creek channel. Look for areas a creek channel may bend close to a point, ledge, docks, standing timber etc. once you find them you can usually get into them good if you don't spook them. Long story short look for shallow structure near creeks. Good luck!
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