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another question for you guys.  What do you consider deep fishing using your usual routine and on your lakes you fish?  Reason for asking is people ask fishing deep questions but when I think deep where I fish its 30+ ft.  Some of you guys might be 10+ or 100ft+.

I consider deep is over 30ft.  Most places I fish dont get this deep.  My main target area is usually 10-15 ft.  Of course that can change depending on season or fish locations.

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I consider deep anywhere in the 10-12 ft + range.  Most of the lakes I fish, the deepest it gets is 40 ft.  The deepest I have ever caught a bass is 25 ft.

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I think it is relative to the water that a person normally fishes.  I would consider anything over 20' to be deep water.  The deepest water on my "home" lake is 35' - 40'.  

In the streams and small rivers that I find my smallmouth bass 8'-10' is considered deep.

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I relate "deep" to lures/ baits. For me, weightless soft plastics are fished no deeper than about 12'. When I fish deeper I fish weighted baits or hard lures.

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Deep is definately relative to where and what you are fishing.  

In the Pacific Northwest, I fished for Kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon) in freshwater lakes.  I have used a slip bobber,  from the bank, with the bobber stopper 85-90 ft. up the line.  Some of the lakes there, you can be close enough to the bank to touch it with your rod tip and be in 150-200 ft. of water, where they dammed up rivers in canyons.

However, for bass, and such, deep to me is anything over about 15 ft. of water.  Lakes I fish in are about 30 ft. deep but I have not found anything but catfish at those depths.

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When I lived in and fished north and east texas, I considered deep to be anything over 15' now that I live by deep clear lakes, 25'-30' is a normal depth to fish on any given day.  Deep now is 0ver 30' for me.  

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To me:

Shallow: 0-6'

Mid-depth: 6'-12'

Deep: 12'+

I'll fish down to about 25' or so....if they're deeper than that,the next guy can have 'em.

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On my home lake,10 ft. is considered deep though we catch them 20-30 ft. when it gets real hot.Some of the deeper lakes I have fished,20-30 ft. ain't nothin'.I caught some smallmouth 40-50 ft. deep draggin' a jig on bottom.I guess the fish don't know that crawdfish don't dwell deeper than 20 ft.

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I guess I have it beat in my head that anything deeper than 15ft is deep water.  That's pretty a pretty good depth to start fishing just about any time of year on most bodies of water...if they are even that deep.

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Deep water is a lake to lake thing some lakes I fish 4 ft is deep. Lakes like Erie skinny water is less than 20 ft. and deep is 40 ft.

It's mostly anglers comfort zone and I've really worked hard at adjusting my game to bodies of water and style of fishing for success.

Garnet

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Around here the deepest lake is probably about 20-25 feet deep.

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I think I am pretty much with fivebasslimit on this one, my only difference is that even if they are down that deep then I will still try to get 'em. If I know they are there, then they must be caught!! :D

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Five bass limit and Valascus, I will third that notion. Your chart seems like a pretty good representation of the waters I fish around here.

Over 12-15 ft is deep.

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At Smithville Lake, north of KC, fishing 12 - 20 feet is deep.  Fishing Table rock in Southern Missouri is another matter due to the extremely clear water where the bass will hang out in 30 - 40 foot depths (and sometimes deeper) in the heat of summer.  It all depends on the characteristics of the lake I'm fishing.  

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To me:

Shallow: 0-6'

Mid-depth: 6'-12'

Deep: 12'+

I'll fish down to about 25' or so....if they're deeper than that,the next guy can have 'em.

What he said....

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Buck perry desribe deep water as being the deepest water in the area. So if you were up a creek that had a 20 ft hole that would be deep water even if the main lake had 60 ft.

Garnet

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I think 10ft is deep, 10ft is good depth to find better than average fish.  

In the summer, I let the thermocline dictate deep or as to what depths I fish.

Matt.

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