Take a look at this 15-minute video (the main content starts at minute 2:58):
“A lot of folks see these big bodies of water and are overwhelmed.”
Chad likes to break any body of water down to thirds: Upper, Mid and Lower lake. Which section of the lake you fish depends on a number of factors.
Some questions you’ll need to know answers to:
- Is there a current?
- Is it a natural lake?
- Is there a dam system?
In each of those thirds, divide it into thirds, and ask yourself these questions?
- Where’s the wind coming from?
- Where are the bigger creek arms?
- Where does water come in from other parts of the region?
The key: Don’t think of big bodies of water as big bodies of water! Break down these bodies into smaller segments—thirds and then thirds again. Decide which third to focus on, and fish it. If you don’t catch any fish, you can move on to the next third.
“Part of being a successful angler is eliminating empty water.”
Get to know these small sections well and the big body of water won’t be so overwhelming.
There are things you can do to maximize the time you spend:
- Know water depths and temperatures—use a thermometer.
- Know when water inversion happens and how the fish move in it, whether it’s from a creek, a bluff wall in rain, a dam or whatever.
In the video, Chad also discusses and shows a fishing setup he uses in colder water temps (40s and low 50s) that’s worked really well for him in cold water inversion scenarios.
To sum up: Think of big bodies of water as a bunch of smaller bodies of water in one, and fish them as smaller bodies of water.
It’s as simple as that.
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