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The lake I've been fishing this year for IBASS is 115 acres, and probably 30 of it is lily pads, with more and more every year as the lake continues to silt in.

All of those pads, and so little time. So, my tip? Forget about all of those pads. You can never fish them all, at least not efficiently. No way. So what I do is pick a small area, say 100 X 100 feet, and I fish it. Thoroughly. With a variety of techniques and baits, unless you already have a pattern figured out.

By making the lake fish smaller you'll do a better job, You will slow down. And you'll catch more bass.

Lily pads "pattern" like anything else on a lake. If you can figure out what kind of pads they are in, i.e. edges, thick stuff, and depth, then you can target the bass more efficiently. Also, once you have that 100 X 100 foot zone hammered out, you can then pick another one.

Don't try to fish the whole lake. Or even the whole pad field. Break it down, then break out the net.

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Good tip Dale, thanks for sharing  ~c~ ~c~
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Most of the lakes I fish from the bank are loaded with pad fields.  One thing Iíve noticed, if there is a wind blowing almost all the Vís in a pad will face the same direction, and a worm, senko, or fluke will get caught in the V if your fishing the wrong way.  I always want the V facing me when dragging a plastic through the pad field.  It stops a lot of hang ups.

Also on a body of water, where the pads stop or become less frequent usually means a significant bottom change.  On my waters, usually a depth change.  I target these areas in the morning and evening when bass loosen up from the shade provided by the pad cover.  This area is also good when a cold front moves through and they seek out warmer deep water still close to cover.  A sharp edge of pads usually means a rapid depth change.  Never pass up these areas deep.
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Good advice from "G" and Dale!!!  ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
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Tks for sharing those tips with us.
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That's a good tip big G.  Another tip is if your bait gets hung up in the V, instead of jerking and trying to dislodge it, just point the rod at the V and pull straight back and most of the time it will come free without issue.
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