How to find the fishing holes in the middle of a lake and target bigger bass!?

I live on a semi small lake (about 1 mile of shorline all around) and ive been bass fishing this lake for a few years now. there is no structure or vegetation in this lake due to carp that keep the lake clean so it looks nice so its basically a semi sandy bottom for what i know of. I fish off a paddle boat and dont have a fish finder. The problem is that this lake is not overfished at all but has tons of small bass. On a good morning fishing from 7 to 9 i can catch 12 plus bass all weighing less than a pound. When I catch a good bit of bass in one time i usually dont fish the lake for a week or so so the lake doesnt get overfished because im basically the only one that fishes it seriously. I know I need to use bigger lures but thats not the problem. The problem is that i know there is some kind of hole or structure in the middle of the lake somewhere where all the big bass are hiding, I just want to find out any secrets to targeting these holes without a fish finder. Ive talked to older neighbors that used to fish this lake 12 years ago and they caught nothing but 5, 6 pound bass and the biggest weighing 12lb. The neighbor that I talked to still thinks the lake is full of the bigger bass but they have plenty to feed on due to all the half a pound bass that inhabit the lake. Ive used live bait of different kinds and caught a few 2 pounders but Im more of a tournament bass fishing person and am not interested going the live bait way so if you have some kind of idea to target where the hell these bass are hiding please let me know. thanks

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6 thoughts on “How to find the fishing holes in the middle of a lake and target bigger bass!?

  1. If there are no maps of the lake and you don’t have a depth-finder, you can always do it the old-fashioned way, with a lead and line. Be sure to record the depths accurately on a map.

  2. No clue where you are located, but this is pretty good

    http://www.takemefishing.org/state/page

    You select your State. Mine is Ohio, for example, and it takes you to a different page of the website. There is a section titled BOATING RESOURCES with a subsection of lake and river maps. Chances are if you are talking about a public body of water there is a topo of it there.

    The other poster is right on the money with his suggestion.Mark a long rope at 1′ intervals and every few feet drop it down until it hits the bottom. It’ll take quite awhile, so I would check the internet for a topo. However, being out on the lake to look instead of fish you may see something you previously overlooked. There’s more to bass fishin’ then knowing how deep to rig a slip bobber.

  3. it looks to me like you are going to have to break down and buy yourself a fishfinder. good ones for you are available for well under a hundred dollars. l have a nice small one on my kayak l paid eighty for.
    you are going to have difficulties finding any sort of chart for a pond or small lake. you will most likely have to make your own.
    it sounds as if it might have a rock pile or other form of structure out there somewhere. perhaps you could get away with creating some of your own. tie together some bundles of tires or collect christmas trees this year, stick them in cans of cement and drop them wherever you wish.
    my personal preference is a gallon milk bottle with the top cut off and 1, 2 or 3 trees or as many as l can stuff in it then fill with cement.

  4. Use larger lures.

    Although smaller fish will sometimes hit larger lures, if you “up-size” , your odds are always better for taking monster bass.

    Try using a 10-12″ worm- http://www.basspro.com/Berkley-Powerbait-Original-Power-Worm-12/product/10213313/-1664519

    A large “Musky-sized” Inline Spinner- http://www.basspro.com/Joe-Bucher-Outdoors-Buchertail-Bucktail-Spinners/product/77991/-968797

    A larger “walk the dog” Topwater- http://www.basspro.com/Rapala-XRap-Walk-Topwater-Lures/product/89225/-1652605

    You won’t get as many strikes with larger lures, but the ones you will get will be good.

    Also, try fishing at night. I’ve fished in residential ponds and lakes and found that, due to noise and human activity during the day, the largest fish don’t start feeding until right before dark or after 9 pm.

    By the way, your description of this lake reminds of a number of lakes I’ve seen that slowly became “uninhabitable” due to an influx of Grass Carp. I wonder if Carp were introduced recently- like in the last 3-4 years? There is nothing worse, (as a fisherman), than to watch a bass lake slowly “degrade”.

    You know, if you can’t “find” structure, you should make some. It could only help the fish in the lake- (the NON-Carp fish that is). Make some 4′ tall pyramid-shaped, fish attractors out of PVC piping. Cover it with “fine” chicken wire or screen mesh on 2 sides. Drill some holes in it and fill the PVC piping with DRY concrete mix.

    Viola! You’ve got structure you’ll def know where it is!

    Hope this helps ya?

  5. go online and buy a cheap used fishfinder for less than 100 in the end youll have more memories of fish than the bill that you paid for the fishfinder heres another thought go out carp fishing and keep all the carp you catch thats the problem the lake has no vegetation making it a low level of oxygen making it hard for larger bass to thrive. another thing might be that there are some weed beds your unaware of on the lake try to find those and keep fishing.

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