I am going to a clear lake in the middle coastal range in Maine. It is from 20 to 40 feet deep in one half, 80 in another, and had a large cove about

I am going to a clear lake in the middle coastal range in Maine. It is from 20 to 40 feet deep in one half, 80 in another, and had a large cove about 7 to 20 feet. The bottom is mostly rocky and water is still a little cold. Where should I look for fish and what lures should I use?

Fishing for bass in Maine can really be an enjoyable part of the spring and summer months but if you are facing a lake as described in the question (I am going to a clear lake in the middle coastal range in Maine. It is from 20 to 40 feet deep in one half, 80 in another, and had a large cove about 7 to 20 feet. The bottom is mostly rocky and water is still a little cold) then it can be really confusing as to where to start. The tips below shoud help. First off, if you go when the sun is out and the waters are warming a little then heading towards the shallows will be very beneficial. Bass do tend to head to shallow water when the sun is beginning to warm up, especially if the rest of the waters are cold. However, if the waters are still cold and the air temperature is chilly then fishing for bass under rocky outcrops and in mid depth waters may be a little more productive in terms of your catch rate. Try dragging a buzzbait, plastic worm or spinnerbait along the topwaters when you fish in the morning. Slowly but surely lower its depth if you do not meet with any success. When you hit the mid waters start to use jigs. You will find that they have a better success rate in deeper waters, especially when those waters are still a little cool from the winter months.


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