How To Find Fish Fast On A New Lake – Pro Tips | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com,
and today I’m asking the elite pros questionsthat you submitted on our forums. Let’s see what they have to say. Chris from Maryland, he asked, “If you were
scheduled to fish a lake or river that you’venot had the chance to pre-fish or haven’t
fished in a long time, what are the threemost important things you look at?”Gerald Swindle: Time of year, water temperature,
and water clarity. That pretty much determines what you’re going
to fish, how you’re going to fish, and whereyou’re going to fish. The water temp can always tell you is it spawn,
if it’s just spring and the water temperatureis 60 degrees then we know there’s probably
some fish spawning. If it’s the fall and the water temperature
is 60 degrees we probably know the fish areheaded to the back of the creek. So, your water temperature is always going
to be crucial. The time of the year is gonna dictate kinda
where the fish should be, teamed with thewater temperature, and then the clarity would
be what color bait you’d fish and what styleyou would fish. Glenn: What are the three most important things
you look for?Jason Christie: Well, a river. . . be safe, because,
you know, rivers. . . I think of rivers and Ithink of the Arkansas River, stumpy and stuff
like that. Be careful. Just, the conditions, if I haven’t been to
a place, you can always show up to an eventand just fish the conditions, fish wind. If I haven’t been there, I’m not practicing,
and the wind’s blowing 20, I’m gonna run outthere and I’m gonna go to the windiest banks,
and fish moving baits, and I’ve won a lotof tournaments doing that. I’ve won a lot of big tournaments doing that. Wind’s not blowing?That’s kinda. . . that might be a little tough,
but, you know, if they’re spawning or if they’redeep, pick you a place on the map out there
and go out there and start dragging deep. You just really have to fish. . . you really
have to fish the conditions and just developsome confidence quickly and figure out that
pattern as quick as you can if you haven’tbeen there. And believe in yourself. If you get. . . one bite is not a pattern. Two bites, maybe. Three, you’re good. You get that third bite doing something, have
confidence that what you have figured outis the right thing, and have confidence in
yourself to run it. Glenn: That works for me. That makes total sense too, because when you
go out on the lake you’ve gotta throw whatyou’re confident in, but most importantly,
start off with more of a search type bait. See what’s going on, and that plays into what
you just said. Go to a windy bank, go to a windy area, throw
a fast moving bait. I mean, covering water looking for those bites,
that’s what I’m hearing, right?Jason: Yeah, you wanna. . . in our practice periods,
and whenever we get to a lake that I’ve notbeen to or haven’t been to in a long time,
I’m going to fish as fast as possible. And it’s. . . if anything, it’s just where I
can see the entire lake, or a big part ofit, and get a feel for it. You can fish through an area and just think
about it. If you were to go through it real slow, you’d
get 5 bites. . . say you’d get 5 bites. If I go through it real fast, I get 1 or 2. I kinda equate that to getting. . . I feel like,”Hey,
if I get 1 or 2, if I come back through thereand slow down I can probably get more,” but
also that lets me cover a big part of thearea and a big part of the lake because we
only get two and a half days. And you may see after you spend a day on the
south end practicing and you’re going grannyslow, well by the end of the second day you
get up there and there’s topped out hydrillaon the upper end, you probably know that you
made a mistake and you’ve missed out on allthat time. So, you wanna kind of. . . when I get to a lake,
the first day, I kinda pick an area and Ifish, and I just take off and I fish everything
and I develop some kind of pattern. And then the second day is my run around and
try to pick the best areas for that pattern. And then the third day is just go and make
sure I hadn’t missed anything. And it works. Everybody has a little different way of doing
it, but whenever you haven’t been there, youhave no history there or anything like that,
you just have to move and move until you getit figured out. Justin Lucas: If I haven’t fished them in
a long time, my number one’s gonna be whattime of year is it?What stage should the fish be in?I’d wanna know that. I would wanna know what the weather pattern
was leading a week up to there, and what thewater level is wherever I’m going too. Knowing the water level, whether it’s high,
low, if I had been there before, what it iscomparable to that. So many times, so often, we go places where
the water level is just different, and youcan’t go back to the same areas and catch
fish. You have to fish new ones, and paying attention
to the water level at the lake or river whereveryou’re at is extremely important. Glenn: So don’t fish memories. Justin: Try not to. I’ve heard Brent Ehrler say it before and
I really do it myself. I try not to save too many waypoints unless
it’s a hard object that I know is gonna bethere forever. If it’s a rock pile or something like that. I try not to save waypoints because they’re
always changing and I don’t want to go backand fish stuff that was good before. Doesn’t always. . . rarely means that it’ll be
good again. Glenn: So let’s say I take you to a lake you’ve
never seen before. What’s the first thing. . . Two things, what’s
the first thing you look for, and what’s thefirst bait you pull out?Justin: That’s an interesting question. First thing I would look at, water clarity,
and if was dirty I’m probably gonna pull outsome kind of spinner bait, crank bait, something
like that, Berkely Squarebull, cover a lotof water. And if it’s clean water I’m probably gonna
pull out some kind of Berkely plastic. Maybe it’s a Pitboss that I’m flipping or
a Havoc Bottom Hopper on a shaky head or dropshot. Glenn: Perfect. What are the three most important things that
you look for?Chris Zaldain: Oh man, unfamiliar waters,
that’s my jam. I love fishing just run and gun style. I call it freestyle fishing. The first three things I look for, one is
the most obvious cover in the lake. Like, let’s say we’ve got a Florida lake that’s
a big round bowl. I’m gonna look for that one obvious dock with
the green arrows sticking on it. I just. . . the most obvious piece of cover and
that’s generally where I start. So, that’s one, or the most obvious main like
point, whatever it is, I’ll always start thereto try to get me clues. Two. . . wind. Wind is a huge, huge factor in what we do. Wind always blows no matter what. A lot of anglers run from the wind, and I
like chasing the wind. I love fishing the windiest banks possible. Breaks up light penetration, it pushes baitfish
in to some of those banks. And three. . . water clarity. Water clarity is a big one. If it’s a southern type lake where dominant
patterns, like flipping a black and blue jig,I wanna find that dirty water. If we’re up north I wanna find the cleanest
water possible to throw those little wormsand swimbaits, stuff like that. Glenn: Great advice. I think that’s. . . those three things will put
you on fish, guys. Play this video again and listen to what he
just told you. Justin: Absolutely, I stick by those. Kevin VanDam: That’s a really good question,
and we do this all the time. So, for me, I wanna come up with a general
seasonal pattern and find out what areas Ithink are gonna fit that seasonal pattern
for the type of body of water that you’regoing to, whether it’s a river, a natural
lake, a reservoir, a tidal body of water. So, I know that bass do certain things during
each season of the year in those systems. Then I wanna get out there and assess the
exact conditions. Look at the water clarity, the habitat type,
and then when I actually get out and startpracticing I don’t spend more than 10 minutes
in one spot doing the same thing without havingsome kind of positive response. So, if I’m there for 10 minutes and nothing
happens I’m gonna be moving on, I’m gonnabe changing baits, I’m gonna be doing something
different because if you spend an hour ineach little location you go to, before you
know it you’ve wasted your whole day. Glenn: Now that’s pre-fishing?Kevin: Pre-fishing. Yep. Glenn: So, what if you’re fun fishing and
you’re not fishing tournaments and you’venever been in this lake. . . Kevin: Same thing. Pre-fishing, it’s the same thing. You’re trying to learn, you’re trying to find
them, you wanna do it as quick as you can. Glenn: And there you have it. Great questions from the pros answering your
questions that were submitted on the forumson BassResource. com. For more videos like this, check out our YouTube
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