How To Fish Small Shallow Lakes (Proven Tactics That Work!) | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,
and welcome to another edition of Hank Parker’sFishing Tips. This week’s question, Hank, it comes from
Mike Barnett from North Florida, and he says,”I live in a small shallow lake about seven
to eight feet deep. In Florida, the lake has a lot of eelgrass
and is fairly clear. If you fish this lake for the first time without
any knowledge about it, what would be severalbaits you would try first?”Hank: Well, I like that, and I probably fished
that lake before. Nah. I fished a lot of them in North Florida, and
I love a mainly small lake. Eelgrass can be very productive, but fish
are not always in eelgrass. Sometimes they’re there, and sometimes they’re
not there, but I’m going to check it out first. And eelgrass, you can fish a Johnson spoon,
works really, really good. A spinnerbait sometimes works good. Buzzbait if the water’s clear. He mentioned clear water. I like to fish over the top of that eelgrass
with a buzzbait. So I’m going to start with the eelgrass, for
sure, and then I’m going to start with a seriesof baits that’s kind of based on water color. That water color’s really, really clear, and
that eelglass. . . eelgrass, got it, is closeto the surface, probably going to start out
with a buzzbait or something, especially earlyin the morning. If the eelgrass is under the water somewhat,
then I’ll probably use a spinnerbait. I won a tournament on the St. John’s River
in Florida fishing eelgrass, a Super Basstournament, and I won it in a place called
Cooley Bay on the St. John’s River. And I could fish the eelgrass when the wind
was blowing. When the wind was blowing and the water was
moving, it would allow me to get my spinnerbaitthrough the eelgrass without hanging up on
it, and I caught big bags on the days thewind blew. When the wind didn’t blow, I couldn’t do it. My spinnerbait would hang up in the eelgrass. I couldn’t get the fish to hit it, so I had
to go to a worm, and I’d catch smaller bagsof fish. So if the wind’s blowing really good, you
can probably fish that spinnerbait throughthat eelgrass. If not, you may have to stick with the surface
with the buzzbait and a plastic worm. But, it can be good. If it doesn’t work, get away from the eelgrass,
and fish the break line. Glenn: Mike, thanks for submitting that question. I hope that helps. For more tips and tricks, visit hankparker. com,
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