My plan is to soley focus on fishing for big bass.
Basically to see what is actually lurking in the deeper water.
No one I know has really focused on that in the past.
Plan to fish at night as well.
There are also channel cats in there.
May purchase a Lowrance to aid in this endeavor while fishing from an old jon boat.
Choice of lures for big bass:
Swimbaits/Glidebaits - AC Plug??
Flukes (soft plastics) - Zoom brand?
Worms - Berkley 10inch??
Crankbaits - Preferred brands?
Spinnerbaits - Deepwater running versions?
Topwaters - Buzzbait?
Jig - Have never fished with one but would give it a try.
Anyone ever use tilapia, bluegill, or live frogs?
Is there such a thing as a frog trap?
Lowrance - How much to spend? $200?
All feedback is appreciated.
-could hire professionals to do an electroshock survey.
What I would do.
Get a depth finder/fish finder that has 2D, DI, GPS and does sonar logging ($300 is about right) and sonar log the entire lake. Upload the data to CMAP social map or Navionics sonar chart (two options that will convert your sonar log data into a lake map for free). If you don't want to share your map with the rest of the world, you can use a program called Reefmaster to make your own maps (it works best with Lowrance, but will work with Humminbird also, will work with Garmin if you are computer savy).
There are fishfinders that perform their own mapping automatically, but you'll spend a little more than $200 up front and might have to purchase additional software, annual fees, and memory cards to get the full benefit.
With the Reefmaster software, you can also review the entire swath of recorded sonar images in a movie like fashion and mark waypoints, etc. Once the map is generated from the software, you can export it to google earth and/or a regular SD (or micro) card. You can then place the SD card into your fishfinder; and if the fishfinder has GPS, you can travel directly to your waypoints/brush piles. That way, you don't have to mark your brushpiles with pvc or other visible marker.
I'd get a Lowrance with a 5 inch screen. Right now fish finders are at their peak prices. November to March, the previous year models go on clearance. My second choice would be a G2 Helix 5 that does autochart live.
Sink 4-5 brush piles (preferably Bois d'arc trees) in the deepest areas where there is significant structure (end of a point, humps, rapid changes in depth, areas where the deeper water is closest to the bank/funnel points.
Sinking the brush piles will concentrate bait fish and then the larger bass.