Approaching new bodies of water
Updated: Feb 18
Approaching new bodies of water, either for a tournament or just for a fishing trip. Can be very challenging. Before you even get packed up and ready leave. Always check to see if there are any tips about that body of water online or at local shops in that area.
Next, get navionics on your phone, or use your fishfinder GPS depth/contour maps to just look around for structure. Like underwater points, rocks, weed lines, stump fields, or steep transitions; preparing that you could do in the days/weeks before you leave. Then, when you come to the lake. You want to be fully prepared for what you’re going to see. So have a few different lures tied on that you think you are going to use. These might include: spinner baits, squarebills, jerkbaits, and some type of finesse style bait. But BE prepared to change tactics and colors based on the conditions. Finally, hit spots that you think will be good for that time of the day. For example, don’t try out a spot you think will be good for a top water bite at 2:00 in the afternoon. That’s it! If you do these steps, you should be well prepared to approach almost any body of water in your area.