In a reservoir without much shoreline vegetation – where will I find the Bass?

I think the best place to look for Largemouth Bass in this situation is near drop-offs.  I fish several bodies of water like this in the Midwest.  I have found Largemouth Bass to prefer areas that are near the shoreline but also near a steep drop-off into deep water.


The second key factor is water temperature.  Many of these reservoirs are connected to power plants and have distinct patterns in regards to water temperature.  Largemouth Bass generally prefer water temperature in the low 70’s.


I believe the crankbait is the best lure to use in these situations. I have found Largemouth Bass is these areas prefer fast moving baits and will strike them hard.  Since the water depth is generally great you will need to use a deep diving crankbait to get your lure to where the bass are. 


If you have a depth finder you have an advantage in these reservoirs.  Areas of cover like sunken logs or rocks are often very rare.  When you do find these locations they are very likely to hold bass.


Another area to look is near currents. If you are fishing a large round reservoir this may not be important.  Often however these man made reservoirs are created in a way that some area have much more current than others. Largemouth Bass position themselves to take advantage of this current that brings baitfish to them.  You need to take advantage of the current too by allowing it to bring your lure to them as well.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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