The real secret to
catching more fish is knowledge! The more you know, the more fish you'll
catch. Fish relate to lake structure like people relate to things around them.
Here you'll find out what kind of structure fish relate to so you know where to
tips identified by a slip bobber
Chance are pretty good that you live under a roof and have a kitchen. And, if you left your home to drive to a town a few miles away you'd
probably take a road and not drive through a field to get there. (At least I hope so
So what does all that have to do with fishing? Fish need food and shelter
just like we do and lake structure provides both. Also, when fish travel they
normally follow familiar structure between two points.
Knowing what structure fish like will help you find fish. And finding fish is
half the battle!
Some of the most common lake structures are Points, Bars and
As you can see in this picture a Point is where visible land extends
into the lake. The land is surrounded by water on three sides.
A Bar is shallow water surrounded on three sides by deeper water. The
most common type of Bar is an underwater extension of a Point. Another Bar may
just be an extension of shallow water into deeper water with no visible above
The bigger the
Point or Bar the better since they attract and hold more fish.
A Break is noticeable change in depth and is sometimes called a
drop-off. In many lakes the primary Break line is where the depth changes from
around 5-10 feet to 15-20 feet. In shallow, bowl shaped lakes a Break may only
be a depth change of a few feet or even less. Breaks serve as travel routes for
The steeper the Break, the better.
The top edge of a Break is called a Ledge. A lake usually has a few
Breaks and Ledges that form the decent into deep water.
Other common fish holding structure are Humps and Saddles.
A Hump is sometimes called an underwater island or even a mid-lake
bar. This picture has two Humps.
A Saddle is deeper water that leads up to shallower water on two
We can't forget about Fingers, Inside Turns, and Outside
Turns. Fingers are small extensions of a Bar or Hump into deeper
Inside Turns are where a Finger meets a Bar. Points and Bars have
Inside and Outside Turns as well.
The picture can probably do a better job of showing you what these are
Inside Turns are usually a better choice for finding fish.
Finally, we need to define Inside Weed Lines, Outside Weed Lines
and mention Rock Piles. An Inside Weed Line is simply the shallow side of
a weed line while the Outside Weed Line is the deep edge of a Weed Line. Outside
Weed Lines provide travel routes for fish as well as a great place for fish to
hide and ambush other fish.
Rock Piles are important to mention because they're
an excellent place to find fish.
The main thing to remember is that fish love structure and finding fish is
half the battle!
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