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Theres a 120 acre lake that I like to fish since its super nice, has clear water, very little boat traffic but I am having a hard time catching anything decent. I know theres big bass there, I caught my PB there. The problem is that its a big fishbowl and has very little mid depth cover and structure. Visibility varies through the year but usually 5-10'. During summer I can always catch some 10-12" dinks up shallow.

I was out tonight and got skunked. I threw blades, jerkbaits, cranks, dropshot, grub. Water temp was 41 and it was very overcast with a light ESE breeze. I marked lots of fish I deep water but couldn't get them to bite. Here's what my screen looked like in deeper water.

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I don't see any fish...

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That looks more like brush than fish to me. 

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

That looks more like brush than fish to me. 

I figure if it was brush, I would have snagged it with my blade, it was like this for 100 yds or so.

There was also a lot of little pods of suspended fish in 20-30'.

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39 minutes ago, nighthawk25 said:

I figure if it was brush, I would have snagged it with my blade, it was like this for 100 yds or so.

There was also a lot of little pods of suspended fish in 20-30'.

52' down, you might not have hit it. You're going to be reading a pretty wide area even with traditional 2D sonar. 

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1 hour ago, Bluebasser86 said:

52' down, you might not have hit it. You're going to be reading a pretty wide area even with traditional 2D sonar. 

Yes, that makes sense.

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6 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

That looks more like brush than fish to me. 

X2, that looks like man made fish structure. Catfish can look like that though, certainly not bass.

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40 minutes ago, reason said:

X2, that looks like man made fish structure. Catfish can look like that though, certainly not bass.

I think the DNR stocked some channel catfish (I should check for sure). I just don't know why someone would plant brushpiles or whatever in 50' of water...

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if someone planted them,they did it on purpose. they will know where they are and no one else.

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Try fishing at night

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 A lure to use at this depth is a 3/4-1 oz structure spoon, everything will strike a spoon and the treble hook will snag whatever is there.

I disagree, the marks looks like fish to me along with trees, maybe weighted Xmas trees? The bottom marks look like they are moving 51'-45', how fast were you moving?

Tom

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On ‎3‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 6:54 PM, WRB said:

 A lure to use at this depth is a 3/4-1 oz structure spoon, everything will strike a spoon and the treble hook will snag whatever is there.

I disagree, the marks looks like fish to me along with trees, maybe weighted Xmas trees? The bottom marks look like they are moving 51'-45', how fast were you moving?

Tom

I was in my kayak so only a few MPH

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