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The lake is probably 500 acres. It is very shallow with the deepest part being the dam at 13 feet. It is very flat and there are a ton of stumps. There are 2 islands. Thanks

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I'd probably take the squarebills, a couple jigs, maybe a Chatterbait and a ribbit frog... 

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I fish lakes a lot shallower than that .  I would concentrate on the deepest part of the lake . A depth finder is an invaluable tool on these shallow lakes . I might still be fishing shallow but  bass will be near the deeper water . Shoreline cover will  be the ticket some days , stumps the next . A person just doesnt know . . Is it full of vegetation ?  Is there a creek channel running through the stump fields ?  The skinny back- waters I fish spinnerbaits , buzzbaits and plastic worms are the big three producers. 

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3 hours ago, Top Water Kings said:

I'd probably take the squarebills, a couple jigs, maybe a Chatterbait and a ribbit frog... 

No vegetation, still bring frogs?

 

7 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I fish lakes a lot shallower than that .  I would concentrate on the deepest part of the lake . A depth finder is an invaluable tool on these shallow lakes . I might still be fishing shallow but  bass will be near the deeper water . Shoreline cover will  be the ticket some days , stumps the next . A person just doesnt know . . Is it full of vegetation ?  Is there a creek channel running through the stump fields ?  The skinny back- waters I fish spinnerbaits , buzzbaits and plastic worms are the big three producers. 

No vegetation. There are creeks but there are literally stumps everywhere( when the water is low all you see is stumps) 

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I'd toss swim jigs during the day, bump the stumps with a buzzbait or square bill. In the mornings, fish the flats with a spook or maybe a fluke. 

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Keitech swimbait... Spinnetbaits...duo pencils... Sammy's...Rico popper...

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Buzzbait, Spinnerbait, bladed jig, jigs. 

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Does the lake gradually get deep, or is there a sudden drop off near the deep water?  If there is a drop off I would work a jig around it.

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5 hours ago, Bankbeater said:

Does the lake gradually get deep, or is there a sudden drop off near the deep water?  If there is a drop off I would work a jig around it.

Gradually deep I think. It is a very flat lake

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Spinnerbait, squarebill, swimbait, jig or creature bait to flip, and a worm/senko style bait. On a lake like that where everything is the same, look for something that's different. Some of the stuff has already been said, try to find a channel or a small point or hump, but even just in the stumps themselves maybe you can find a few that are grouped closer together, or it might be that there are a few really big stumps scattered on a flat with a bunch of little stumps covering the rest of the flat. Try paying closer attention to the big ones and see if you can develop a pattern from something like that. 

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Just now, WIGuide said:

Spinnerbait, squarebill, swimbait, jig or creature bait to flip, and a worm/senko style bait. On a lake like that where everything is the same, look for something that's different. Some of the stuff has already been said, try to find a channel or a small point or hump, but even just in the stumps themselves maybe you can find a few that are grouped closer together, or it might be that there are a few really big stumps scattered on a flat with a bunch of little stumps covering the rest of the flat. Try paying closer attention to the big ones and see if you can develop a pattern from something like that. 

This right here! ;)

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How about a rat style topwater bait instead of a frog. Surely there are a lot of small critters that swim in the water that the bass would be familiar with!

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Squarebills, Spinnerbait, Buzzbait, Senkos, and Jigs(including bladed, with a paddletail trailer). 

 

Go to town!

 

 

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Shallow water with a ton of stumps and wood is spinnerbait heaven, especially if you can get it to smack up against the stumps on the retrieve or just graze em. Either 3/8 or 1/2 is fine. Without knowing the forage or clarity it's tough to say what colors... but white never fails for me. A white 3/8 oz tandem colo/colo has caught me more fish than anything else. When it comes to spinner baits, I use 4 colors. Black & Blue, White, Chartreuse and Green Pumpkin. Sometimes I'll throw a variation of those colors, like a sexy shad(white+chartreuse) or a bluegill color... but those are the 4 main base colors I use. Time tested. 

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Where are you located?  The location, water clarity, species, bottom composition, etc play into this.  For example, that lake in Florida fishes a bit differently than that lake in Minnesota. 

Still, look to identify a creek channel and whatever other structure there may be. In shallow lakes, a 6" to 2' change in depth can mean a lot.  Shallow flats or points with close access to 10' of water? Good start.  Submerged weed lines near there? Even better.  

Keep lure selection simple.  Texas rigged 6-8" worms, square bills, spinnerbaits, etc are all good places to start.  Everyone neglects to mention the curl tail worm these days, but they're still unbelievably productive and simple. 

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3 hours ago, Turkey sandwich said:

Where are you located?  The location, water clarity, species, bottom composition, etc play into this.  For example, that lake in Florida fishes a bit differently than that lake in Minnesota. 

Still, look to identify a creek channel and whatever other structure there may be. In shallow lakes, a 6" to 2' change in depth can mean a lot.  Shallow flats or points with close access to 10' of water? Good start.  Submerged weed lines near there? Even better.  

Keep lure selection simple.  Texas rigged 6-8" worms, square bills, spinnerbaits, etc are all good places to start.  Everyone neglects to mention the curl tail worm these days, but they're still unbelievably productive and simple. 

South Carolina. Thanks!

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On 6/27/2016 at 9:21 AM, Catt said:

This right here! ;)

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