After you have been fishing for any length of time, you begin to recognize that certain things are clues as to the likely whereabouts of fish. In prior tips, we have mentioned incoming creeks, rivers and weedbeds, as being good indicators.
One of our all time favourites is a big old tree which has fallen into the water. We call them “laydowns”. Whatever you label them, they all add up to one thing – super fish holding cover for trout, bass, pike and muskies. In fact, just about every species of fish will hold within or around laydowns.
Just knowing fallen trees are often good forms of cover by themselves though, usually isn’t good enough. What tells the real story is how you fish fallen timber.
The important point to remember is that fish holding beside fallen trees are usually ambush predators. This means they’re not roaming around the area, but they’re tucked up under branches, waiting for something which looks good enough to eat to wander by.
Fishing fallen trees therefore, calls for precise and accurate casting. The fish usually won’t move far for your lure, so it’s got to be right on the mark. The best approach we’ve found is to carefully fish around the farthest submerged portions of the tree first. Work your spinnerbait, jig, or crankbait into every little nook and cranny. You just never know where and how these fish will be positioned.
Only when you’re carefully fished the point of the tree, should you start to move back down the sides. We like to first make several casts parallel to the tree, and tick the branch ends which are lying off to the sides. Once we’ve done that, we’ll start slowly working down one side of the tree and then the other, carefully looking for pockets between branches where we can flip or pitch our lures.
Try these tips around fallen timber and you’ll sure to hook into some nice sized bass!