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.