Finding and Catching Bass When a Lake is Low

Most lakes experience low water levels at some point throughout the year.
Whether that’s due to a winter drawdown, extensive drought, or a variety of other circumstances, low lake levels are not uncommon. For the avid angler, this presents a new set of conditions to take into account. In this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we will take a look at fishing low water lakes and show you exactly how to catch fish in this scenario.

One of the best ways to go about locating fish when lake levels are down is to just cover a lot of water. Essentially, keep chunking and winding until you get a bite. A crankbait can be a great presentation to use in this case. Host Wade Middleton elects to throw the SPRO Little John 50 during this episode. Working the fire tiger pattern hardbait along shallow shoreline cover, Wade gets quite a few bites and finds success fishing a lake with lower than normal water conditions.

The next option is to locate offshore structure where the fish feel more stable and secure with the falling water level. Garmin electronics play a key role in finding these hidden spots offshore. Upon locating the fish out away from the bank, Wade ties on a Secret Lures Ledge Shaker paired with a Big Bite Baits soft plastic. He quickly discovers that the fish are stacked up offshore, and begins reeling fish in cast after cast.

Tune in to learn everything you need to know about fishing a lake that is experiencing low water levels!