Subtle Deep Water Hideouts
I would like to highlight deep water areas that can add a whole new dimension to your bass fishing. It requires a completely different mindset for anglers who are used to the energetic ways of shallow water fishing, but will necessitate the same, if not more concentration over the hidden terrain you will be targeting.
You may be wondering what a ‘subtle deep water hideout’ consists of so describe these potential areas I would like to paint a picture for you from a host of my experiences.
Firstly, what is ‘deep water’? I’m referring to depths that we would not generally fish because the structures are not so easily accessible, or to identify. It’s quite easy to recognise a protruding, flooded tree, rocky bank, or patch of lily pads for example and these are all still potential areas that bass anglers should investigate, but how about going beyond the easily identifiable. This will certainly be an asset to you in the coming colder months when bass move offshore to deeper water.
What are we looking for? Your fish finder will need to become your best friend and soon you’ll realise that your electronics can deliver some vital clues as to where the bass are locating to. Some structures are far easier to identify than others, but let’s point out a few things to look for.
Original river channel
This is probably the most obvious of all the deep water areas and should exist in pretty much every dam you are fishing in. The old river channel will snake its way through the dam from the one side and often all the way to the dam wall. Establishing the channels course (by use of a contour map or your fish finder) you can traverse its length, whilst earmarking/way pointing areas that boast subtle differences.
These may include some of the following:
- Channel edges closest to shallow water cover - Channel areas boasting trees or rocky ledges - Off shore humps and isolated structures
The best way to understand what you should be looking for is to see an example on a contour map, or preferably on the side imaging function on your sonar/fish finder. Because they are subtle can sometimes mean difficult to