Fishing with the Pros – Part 2 “Where to Fish”

In the relatively clear waters
of Bull Shoals and Table Rock Lakes,fish can be found in a variety of water depths. So, depending on the time of year,you’ll want to make sure not to concentrate
all your efforts along the banks. >> King: The only time they’re really heavy on
the banks
here is in the springtime. And then occasionally in the fall a few fish will move back
on the banks again when the weather cools off, but the rest of the year, the biggest part of the
in this lake are not on the banks. So people have a misconception. They come here and see a beautiful timbered bank,
they think
they can catch bass off of it. And really most of the year you can’t do that. You’ve got to back out on the points and use your electronics,find the bait fish and fish the techniques that it
to catch them out in the deeper water. >> Clunn: I think that the hardest part
about fishing
these lakes is the clarity of the water. The clearer the water is, no matter where you’re
the harder the fish are to catch. >> King: People just have a natural tendency
to want to fish the shoreline. And really on these clear water Ozark streams,
a lot of times you
have to get away from the bank to catch fish. >> Snowden: And usually once you find the depth
that the fish are in,they’ll be in that area throughout the lake. You know, if they’re in 30 feet of water,they’re going to be in 30 feet of
in the majority of the lake. So once they find where they are getting a few
they can just repeat that process on different points. >> Sainato: So that kind of makes the
lake fish
a little smaller for you. Because you come out here and you’re looking at
all this water
— there’s 45,000 acres of water out here –it’s intimidating for a lot of people. But if you just do a little bit
of homework
before you come out here, you can really narrow it down to where you need to fish. >> Webb: So we fish a lot of deep water. We fish a lot of trees that are way underwater. A lot of points that go way out like we’re
doing right here,
we’re fishing 35 foot deep. We’re probably, I don’t know,
three or four hundred yards off the bank. Here comes a fish right there. There’s about five of them there now,
they’re just surrounding my bait. There he is. Coming up fast.
That’s a nice fish right there. Boy, that’s — that’s the sound I love right there,
the taking line. Boy, that’s a nice spotted bass right there. Nice. Come here.
Oh, that’s a nice one. >> Oh, nice fish. >> Webb: That’s a nice fish.
Come here, sweetheart. Come here. Look how pretty that fish is. >> Woods: Bluffs with and without standing timber
are also productive areas. Also, be on the lookout for bass surfacing
and feeding on shad. >> Webb: This is one of the things I would
tell people
that come down here to look for that are new to area is the bluffs
where they
fade into shallow water like this. We’re sitting in 32 foot of water;
a half a cast from the bank. When we get up here this just shallows right out. I would just stay on this ridge
and take
it out in the middle slowly and just fish this ridge out all the way out and around. That’s where the fish,
they stay out in the
deeper water to hide and stuff. And then they come up on the flats
feed as the shad come over. They’ve got everything they need right in here. >> Clunn: If you don’t like fishing deep,
and there’s guys like that; I’m one. I really prefer fishing shallow. Then you have to learn how to overcome the clear water. Wind is your biggest friend in clear water
if you want to fish shallow. I want to fish in the wind; it tends to bring the fish up. It tends to make them less tentative
about hitting artificials in that clear water. So that’s one approach. The other approach is actually to run
and find
the little bit of off-color water that might exist even in these clear water
like Bull Shoals or Table Rock. And that’s usually up there in the tributaries.

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