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Slow down, and start small, I used to fish alot of city lakes in LA and OC, california. they take awhile to figure out.  just be observant.

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Pressured lakes does require a different approach. The fish have seen many baits and hesitant to take it at times. You have present as natural as possible. What I mean by that for example look at a t-rig bait. I would use the least amount of weight and hook as necessary. In my case, i fish a highly pressured park lake. i may have to throw a t-rig with 1/32 oz bullet weight with a 1/0-2/0 hook just to intrigue a fish. Depending on the mood of the fish I may have to fish structure very slow or very fast to get a reaction or predatory strike. Be patient, and try different approaches until you find a system that works for those waters. Best of luck, it can be pretty challenging. 

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Only thing that ever seems to work for me on pressured waters is to try new techniques the bass have never seen.  Just try and think different than everyone else and get creative

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Try and see what bait everyone else is using.  Then use something else.  The reason I learned how to fish a jig is because hardly no one else ever uses them where I fish.

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Try and see what bait everyone else is using.  Then use something else.  The reason I learned how to fish a jig is because hardly no one else ever uses them where I fish.

 

I like that advice in general.  I think too often people try to see what other people are fishing, and often assume, catching fish on -- then tie one on.  Sure, sometimes that is a great option, but if you are fishing a pressured lake, and hundreds of anglers are all throwing white and chartreuse spinnerbaits, that black and blue jig may be just the ticket!

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I agree. I fish a city pond that gets tons of pressure. You just have to be observant and not be afriad to try a lot of new things. I find swimming a big jig and using topwaters at times other people don't can really pay off. 

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Every public lake in SoCal is high pressured with skilled tournament and recreational bass anglers, the presentations that work are usually finesse soft plastics. Try fishing during the off season (like now) and the mid week days and at night.

Tom

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I agree with the earlier posts in that you want to try to throw something that they haven't seen/ been hooked by in the past. One of my favorite lakes gets a lot of pressure for two months in the summer and I generally do everything to stack the odds in my favor...slow down the trolling motor, make long casts so they don't see you coming, use JJ's magic, and move off shore a bit to hit those spots the shallow water fisherman misses and I usually have increased success. 

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