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I have lakes around here that are filled with Cypress trees. Typically, an old swamp with Cypress trees that gained a dam to create an impoundment decades ago. Caddo Lake is one, on the border of Texas and Louisiana.

 

These lakes are pretty shallow, generally, max depth is around 8' except for the channel. Large parts of the lake are 4'-6' deep. There aren't many creeks, aren't points and ridges to fish like you have in modern impoundments. Those are created where they flood hilly terrain. These were swamps. These lakes do have "breaks," which look almost like islands, but they are shallower ridges that are 1'-2' deep. Along with very dense stands of Cypress trees. You can't get in there, the grove of trees is too thick.

 

Most of the time, we throw soft plastics to the base of Cypress trees. You just make a bazillion casts; it looks like every tree should hold a bass. You never know when one will hit but typically, you have to throw pretty tight to the tree.

 

Wondering if anyone has gained any insight into good patterns on these lakes filled with a bazillion live Cypress trees, which is generally, the structure.

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Before it gets bright, fish the deep water sides of the cypress and the area in between the trees with top water or shallow (dt6) cranks. Once the sun gets up Fish the shady side of the cypress nearest the deep water. I prefer a weightless senko. If the cypress has any brush growing at its base skip the senko under the brush.

Your conditions are a mirror of the black water lakes and estuaries in eastern Virginia. Best colors for that around here is junebug, black or chartreuse pumpkin.

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