The summer months are in full swing and that means that the waters temperatures have been rising for quite some time.
With rising water temperatures, the bass are getting uncomfortable in the warmer shallower waters and start searching out the cooler and more comfortable locations.
Many lakes have an offshore structure that may be in deeper water as well as shallower on the tops of these structures. These fish can feed on top of these structures and as the sun gets higher and warmer, they are able to slide off into the deeper water depths.
Finding the locations that these fish use on a regular basis comes down to fishing trial and error and watching and understanding what your electronics are telling you.
There could be a bottom content change at these locations as well as other structure items, like weeds, rock, and wood.
Boat position and fishing these locations takes an understanding of what it looks like under the water and how you think the fish are relating to these areas as well. Are the fish relating right at the structure or are they hanging off it, and this is what you need to figure out as you are fishing.
If the fish are hanging towards the tops of these structures, position your boat in the deeper water and cast your bait over and past the top. Work the bait back over the top and this will imitate something coming out of the deeper water depths and these fish will be waiting to intercept.
If the fish are relating to the deeper structure, or off in deeper water, you can position your boat either on top of the shallower structure or parallel to the deeper locations and cast at the structure or off into the deeper water.
By casting past these objects, like the previous logic, working your bait back allows you to create the image of the bait coming from the depths in search of their own food. Speed of the bait retrieval needs to be figured out as you are fishing, slow, fast, moderate, while the fish are letting you know what their preference is in their bite reactions.
After fishing any of these ways, you will start to see where and how the fish are reacting and which presentation they are preferring at that given time.
The speed of the retrieve needs to be focused on as well so that you can replicate that each time that you cast.
By fishing these deeper water targets, you may see the size of your fish going up as well as the better-sized fish are typically looking for these cooler and safer feeling waters. They are more comfortable in these water temperatures and that allows them to be more actively looking for something to feed on.
When you find an area that is holding some fish, you are going to want to work the area thoroughly, through different water level depths and over the structures at multiple angles.
By changing your casting angle, this can give the fish a different look to your bait and may increase their desire to bite the bait.
Areas that you are getting bites from, need to be probed more meticulously and total concentration as well. There may be a target that needs to be hit or something that these fish are relating to and if you can repeatedly hit that area, this will give you better chances at catching more fish from it.
Once you have found an area that had produced, take that knowledge and find other locations around the lake that are similar, and you should be able to attack those areas in the same fashion.
Many lakes, these patterns will be the same once you have figured it out and this will allow you to catch more fish throughout the day.
Many anglers fish in 10 FOW or less and if you can figure out the deep structure and how the fish relate, this will allow you to have the upper hand for numbers of fish catches. Weather changes play into having successful days and the deeper fishing may be the ticket when the weather has shut down the shallow bite.
Take some time and explore offshore locations, you may be surprised as to how much more there are fish out there and less fishing pressure on them.
Every angler is always looking for that edge for success, having confidence fishing deep water can save your day especially when the bite gets tough in the summer months.