For a good surface bite focus on shallow areas. In most cases surface strikes come in areas that are less than four foot deep. Perfect for a wading angler! Target the same type of structure you would normally fish, like rocks, trees, grass and lily pads. The denser the structure the more weedless the bait you should be using. The wading angler has a distinct advantage here as you can stalk bass in the grass and under lily pads very quietly and often have the advantage of some cover to hide yourself too, that a boat angler never has and you can often get into place that a boater can only dream about!
In the early summer, surface fishing can be spectacular and it is an awesome way for any bank angler to get into a few good fish but it is an even better way to get a friend or a child into bass fishing, since the adrenalin rush that comes of a surface strike is completely addictive an can result in you having a fishing buddy for life! Get out there, get your feet wet and stay safe!