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Not knowing anything else about the lake I'd start on those pads with a hollowbody weedless frog or texas rigged worm, 6-8 am and pm.

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area of the country?

 

1.I would look for schooling fish, early and late.

 

2. points, cuts, and variations in the/or created by the  pads

 

3. shallowest water going to the deepest water

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then the above plan should work.

 

Do you know the water temp? cause it will not be long until they start moving on main lake points.

Should be able to cover lots of water and figure it out without much issue.

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I'd start on one of the coves and use a hollow body frog on the pads.

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area of the country?

 

1.I would look for schooling fish, early and late.

 

2. points, cuts, and variations in the/or created by the  pads

 

3. shallowest water going to the deepest water

 

Is Brian good or what?

 

Yep, try your frogs and toads.

Look for any schooling fish or listen for the bluegills under the pads.

Throw spinnerbaits, crankbaits, Chatterbaits parallel to the pads.

Throw jigs/pigs into the pads and drag Senkos over the pads.

Look for pad points, holes and pads sitting by themselves out from the mother load.

Throw a shaky head or drop shot to the outside edge of the pad line.

Throw a jig and pig or a creature bait without appendages into the pads so they will sink to the bottom

If there is wood or a change in the pads (grass, weeds, docks, piers, etc.) fish those.

Always look for deeper water as that is where the bass will go after feeding but they will also keep an eye on the pads or stay under them for safety and looking for an easy meal.

Fish all points, both main lake and secondary, with a jig and pig or a Carolina rig.

 

And where are you?  We really need to know what part of the US you fish so we can give you better input.

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I would launch my boat and look for bait fish, thermocline and decide what depth to fish first.

Looking at the map briefly, the points where the 25' line ends on the south shore looks good to, I survey the points moving west. The dam area and around on the north shore. By now I would know where to start.

Tom

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Depending one the size of the lake, I'd just start tossing a frog around the pads! They're bound to hold some fish for sure. Make sure you pay attention to where the fish hit the frog... what kinda of area was it? Point, cove, or pocket in the pads and so on. Make sure you fish anything different that's in those pad fields too. If the pads themselves don't produce head out a little and toss a worm around the edges.  

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If they are on a frog bite be sure to really pick apart what is holding them to the pads. They may be in the thickest of pads. On the edge. In thin pads. Transitions between thick and thin pads. Or on floating pads. In my experience with pad fishing frog almost every bite has something in common with another bite. Normally its where they hit it / the type or area of pads but it may be something as simple as our frog rolling over on it back while u work it that trigger a strike. Ide try that early morning and evening. If there is a deep hole in the pads where none grow might drop a jig Texas rig or senko down in there and wait for bassquatch. Hit points both bank line points and pad points. The drop off of the bank in the pocket two to the right of the long finger at the bottom really stands out as something different compared to the rest of the map along with the far left side. One thing nobody has said is an inline prop bait. Depending on the pads u might be able to run a prop bait through thin pads without snags. Don't be afraid to let a prop bait or frog sit a long time either... its august and the bite may be slow. U may need that long pause so that the fish really thinks it is crippled bad making an easy meal. Through a jig or Texas rig up in there . Might swim a jig on the edge of pads. Might crank c-rig or t-rig the points. Outside the pads on the edge u might try a popper. If u hear bluegill u might work that into our color selection on a propbait popper jig even the frog in a bluegill color.

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I would start off using a frog in the pads.  If you have a boat and electronics, I would take a look to see what kind of structure is around those pads.  This time of year I would start in the shallow ends and move deeper.

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I would use a T-rigged worm,and plop it on top of a small group of pads,and slide it off the edge,letting it sink to bottom.I have alot of sucess doing this.They usually hit it on the way down.Good Luck!

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Well, I suppose if I had to, I'd throw a frog :) I'm with the others, pay attention to what the bass are telling you on the frog bite and come back to those areas and punch those pads!

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I would swim a jig around the outside edges and down the lanes between the lily pads. I have had great success this getting them to chase it down.

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BAIT FISH, BAIT FISH, BAIT FISH!!!!!!!!!!!  FROG ON TOP OF LILLYS AND JIG OR TEXAS RIGGED WORM 4"-7"  IN THE HOLES OR LAND ON TOP AND A SLOW FALL OFF WITH A LIGHT BULLET WEIGHT

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If you ever wanted to know the difference between a bank angler and a structure angler; this thread should clearly demonstrate it. Frogs and pads May work for a very short time period; 1st & last hour or so of day light. Where are you going to fish between 8AM to 6 PM when the adult size bass have vacated the hot water cover during mid summer? Hint, 12' to 25' depending on the thermocline depth.

Tom

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