You have to find ’em!
School of Fish kids learn that fish like to live around “structure”. Structure includes things in and along the water that provide food and cover. Obviously, fish need to eat. However, because they are part of the lake or river’s “food chain”, they also need cover to use as hiding spots from bigger fish.
Things in the water like weeds, logs or fallen trees, and boat docks and lifts provide places fish like to live around because these places are often home to minnows and other baitfish that bigger fish can feed on. These places also provide hiding spots that fish can quickly dart under or along when even bigger predator fish come along.
For these reasons, savvy anglers often seek out places that provide food and cover to the fish they are trying to catch. Also, because fish move, it is a good idea for anglers to try to target various forms of structure in a lake until they locate some biting fish.
For example, an angler fishing off a dock with a slip-bobber rig would be wise to identify various types of cover within casting distance and then make several casts to each of those potential fish-holding areas. The dock right next to the dock you are fishing from might be a good spot.
The pontoon lift on the other side might be another good target. Finally, the swim raft out 20 feet from the dock might be another good fishing spot.
As you can see, anglers who know about structure, look for it, and then are willing to fish from spot to spot usually increase their chances for fishing success. Good luck on the water this summer!
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