||08-20-2007 04:29 PM
High Land/Hill-Land-Fall to Winter
High land and Hill-Land reservoirs; Fall & Winter periods have similar characteristics deep water in the lower third of lake and main basin river channels. Was looking at a large high land reservoir map for one of our members and thought I would post this while the images are still fresh in this old mind.
If you read the In-Fisherman articles, the one statement that I always suggest is; start at the dam on fish the first major points. During the cold water periods the lower third of the lake will have the biggest population of adult bass. There are several reasons for this; available prey, warmer deep water with good DO levels to provide a comfort zone and compression zone to herd schools of bait fish over and trap the bait fish.
What is a compression zone? long under water points that drop off into the main river channels, under water islands the have saddles or benches connecting the islands and points near the river channels. major point and secondary primary point that have flats with rocky deep water breaks.
Lure should be prey fish profiles like soft plastics drop or slip shot, spider jigs, pig and jigs, structure spoons, tail spinners, blade baits, deep swim baits and deep crank baits, jerk baits and at time surface lures. Just about everything works once you locate the life zone and active bass.
You can use a tool like Google maps to take a look at the lake from a birds eye view and discover under water humps, and saddles connecting islands, then mark them onto your topo map. Once you see what the birds eye view of structure look like on the topo map, then use the map to locate other similar area's and confirm those with the satellite zoomed in to get good clarity.
If you have a good GPS unit with Navonics chip, you can pre load the way points and go the those spots and check them out, saving a lot of valuable fishing time.
Ps; It would be a good time to post the Horizontal Jigging article Jared.