If you were fishing in a lake that had a mixture of grass, rocks/gravel, stumps, lily pads, or lay down/ submerged trees and bushes then which one of those types of places do you think will hold the most bass? The biggest bass?
Hmmm. I'd like a combo of those different types of cover. Perhaps some grass, with some laydowns and stumps. But more important than the cover, Id be concerned with the bottom contour.
Around here I fish grass, stumps and lay downs all the time. I'd kill for some good rocks and gravel to fish for a change ;-)
Down here in Fl. lily pads are a surfire for bass, but grass is right up there with it. I try to look for something "odd" like a dropoff in a patch off cypress trees, or a gravel bed around some lily pads. Depending on time of year an water temperature all of those you listed can be productive, thats what im trying to learn right now. Put me in grass, trees or stumps im ok but trying to learn new strucure and cover is mind boggeling at times. Dave
In every fishery I've tried the biggest bass are always as deep as they can stand it except during the spawn, and even then the biggest choose the deepest water admitting sunlight to the bottom. The problem is most anglers like fishing shallow, maybe intercepting a stray lunker, never fishing more than 15' deep. When you find bass anywhere try fishing a little deeper than you are accustomed to and still have the cover, structure, and indications of fish or baitfish near it. Your boat has likely neen floating over the best in the lake. Opposite for rivers. The biggest LMB will be around the most interruption of current, close to current but not in it.
That is one thing i have very little experience in is rivers. Reading about what to do is totally different than actually fishing it, but rest assure as soon as i can plan a trip to fish an actual river ill be getting some pointers! Dave
To determine the best location for big bass* is dependant on seasonal period, weather, time of day vs night, lake or river classification and primary prey the bass are targeting. Most the things that you appear to be interested in is cover and cover without structure is a minor factor in locating big bass.
You are apparently fishing in a large Texas hill land reservoir, right? Then I would look over a topographic map of your lake and survey the spots with sonar to determine where key structure elements are located in deep water, near spawning flats because it is the pre spawn period at this time in Texas. Take a look at the "Pre Spawn" and "wood" & "outside Wood" posts. The big bass will be staging on ledges with wood cover. Thats where I would start and fish jigs and swim baits until the bass and prey locations make me adjust to a different presentation.
* largemouth or Florida intregrate LMB.
Ps; My favorite big bass locations are major points that intersect river channels and have isolated elements like saddles connecting humps or islands, benches that have small flats with rock piles and brush. A major point that has a cove adjoining the shoreline is what to Look for during pre spawn. If the cove is wind protected, good cover and faces the sun, then thats where the big girls should spawn.
In regards to "best spot" you might want to read the "reading water" and "reading outside water" posts.
I believe knowing the difference between structure and cover is nearly as important as the difference between spots verses patterns. Knowing that structure is a perminate physical lake bottom feature, man made or natural, verses cover as something that grows near, in or on the water, such as trees, brush, weed beds, floatsum and man made objects such as floating docks (cribs, pilings, piers are considered structure). When cover is combined with structure and located near prey at the depth the bass are holding, then you have a potentially a good spot. If bass are active on a good spot and you can locate other spots with the same features, then you can develop a pattern of good spots. First you need to know why the bass are using that location to determine a pattern.