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How to fish muddy/weedy lakes?

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my lake is man made and 40 acres, with an average depth of 4' (lol), and a max depth of 10'. The lake has almost no cover/structure besides a few isolated rocks/logs and a channel There are some spots that have rock and are the deepest, and I fish these spots well. The back third of the lake is very shallow and I am one of the only ones who actually goes back there and has luck.Mist if the lake is silty and has mud and weedy bottoms (milfoil). this makes me hesitant to throw any lures that touch the bottom. I pretty much only throw moving baits over top, even during the day. What can I do?

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If you're a bank beater, the banks suffer less from the silt than 5ft out from the banks. Fish the banks prior to the weed growth and run above the weeds once they fill in. Fish weed edges. Don't forget punching in the summer.

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32 minutes ago, slonezp said:

If you're a bank beater, the banks suffer less from the silt than 5ft out from the banks. Fish the banks prior to the weed growth and run above the weeds once they fill in. Fish weed edges. Don't forget punching in the summer.

Forgot to mention that I have a boat. lake isn't that weedy. only the bottom foot or so has milfoil, no mats or anything. there are weird clumps of milfoil though that reach the surface around 10' in diameter, and I have noticed baitfish around there. I usually bank fish at night with luck, but want to fish bottom baits more, like jigs, Texas rigs, and crank baits

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Rip a swim jig through the mats that are coming to the surface. 

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Lipless crank! I like to yo-yo a lipless during the cold months in my super weedy lake. A jerkbait may not be a bad idea either if you can keep it just above the grass. 

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11 hours ago, Quarry Man said:

Forgot to mention that I have a boat. lake isn't that weedy. only the bottom foot or so has milfoil, no mats or anything. there are weird clumps of milfoil though that reach the surface around 10' in diameter, and I have noticed baitfish around there. I usually bank fish at night with luck, but want to fish bottom baits more, like jigs, Texas rigs, and crank baits

By bank beater, I meant all you do is cast towards the bank and don't do offshore fishing. During early spring, I fish a lake with a bunch of rotted vegetation on the bottom. Any lure that hits the bottom in 13ft or less comes up with a black stringy mess. I usually end up using cranks or suspending jerkbaits rather than wasting time on presentations that will get lost in the silt and vegetation. As the water warms up and the fresh vegetation grows in, I'll run lures over the top. Save your finesse plastic tactics for a harder bottom

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Last year I bought a Power Pole Micro Anchor.  It has an 8 ft spike.  Went to one of my favorite reservoirs (very old) and sitting in 2 ft of water I dropped the spike and it went all the way down!  Now I realize just how soft and silty the bottom can be in an old lake.  What happens to your jig or worm when it hits this type of bottom?  Does it sink clear out of sight to the bass?

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With muddy water I would first really try to dial in your topwater fishing, even during the day. A whopper plopper 110 and Teckel Sprinker frog would be great for covering water both when the surface is clear or has debris. Then poppers, walkers, propbaits and frogs are great around the bank and cover. I think a lot of people write off topwater too soon during the day or think just because one isn’t working they all won’t. 

 

After that I would pitch jigs and weightless plastics around the isolated cover you have. 

 

Then crankbaits that run over the tops of the grass and lipless cranks ripped out of the grass. 

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6 hours ago, Lottabass said:

What happens to your jig or worm when it hits this type of bottom?  Does it sink clear out of sight to the bass?

Yes, and I get no sensitivity/feel. I do fish a drop shot in spots where it isn't weedy, but thats few and far between.

1 hour ago, FCPhil said:

With muddy water I would first really try to dial in your topwater fishing, even during the day. A whopper plopper 110 and Teckel Sprinker frog would be great for covering water both when the surface is clear or has debris. Then poppers, walkers, propbaits and frogs are great around the bank and cover. I think a lot of people write off topwater too soon during the day or think just because one isn’t working they all won’t. 

 

After that I would pitch jigs and weightless plastics around the isolated cover you have. 

 

Then crankbaits that run over the tops of the grass and lipless cranks ripped out of the grass. 

Thats a very good plan and its similar to what I do. I have one spot that I only fish in tournaments, its an isolated cove maybe 25 square feet, but its super matted and catch a decent bass literally every time. I hit it maybe 15 times and never failed to get bit! around the area are shallow reeds and I have frogged it, caught one once, but I have been using the ima skimmer to get bit, I love your idea about the popper will definitely give it a go. The best way to describe this kind of fishing is like sight fishing for redfish I guess. water is clear and super shallow, you can see the fish sitting there and they make a wake with dorsal fin when swimming away. I haven't caught fish in the middle of the lake with topwater, though I haven't tried much.

7 hours ago, slonezp said:

By bank beater, I meant all you do is cast towards the bank and don't do offshore fishing. During early spring, I fish a lake with a bunch of rotted vegetation on the bottom. Any lure that hits the bottom in 13ft or less comes up with a black stringy mess. I usually end up using cranks or suspending jerkbaits rather than wasting time on presentations that will get lost in the silt and vegetation. As the water warms up and the fresh vegetation grows in, I'll run lures over the top. Save your finesse plastic tactics for a harder bottom

that makes more sense, thanks for clarifying. I sometimes cast towards the bank, but fish offshore near the stream channel drop off like you said

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I would work those clumps of vegetation that come up to the surface.  I'd start by running a spinnerbait, lipless crankbait, or shallow crankbait right by them at different speeds.  If that didn't work I would let a jig or a t-rigged plastic fall right alongside the vegetation.

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Try fishing with a spinnerbait, buzzbait, or chatterbait.

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I have a friend who has a camp on a lake with similar conditions. He fishes almost exclusively with a wacky rigged senko. He uses an unweighted wacky hook with a weed guard and does very well.

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Shallow/small pond bass trend to roaming around shoreline chasing bait fish. In shallow mud bottom with weed, I would try weightless trick worm or zoom Super Fluke or Fluke Jr.

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Flip that submerged milfoil. 1/2ounce pegged with a Texas rigged craw. Cast and pop pop pop that bait. 

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