We have all as fishermen been besides an unknown lake or stream and wondered about where to fish. This could be on a vacation, random trip or we have moved to another place. Either way, we want to know where to find good spots to catch some fish.
If the lake is small we can just throw our baits and pike fishing lures systematically and eventually cover it all, but with a larger lake it is more complicated.
If there is anyone around to ask we could just do that but often most people do not have a clue or if they fish there themselves many do not want to share their knowledge to visitors, newcomers or any other fishermen.
Often they do, but often hold back their best information about where to fish and what to fish with. However, I would rely more of an old fisherman. They tend to tell you the whole truth because they have often huge experiences, with many good catches and has a relaxed attitude on the whole thing and has little to prove.
They likely think it is flattering to be asked and aprechiate new people who like the fishing sport and are helpful in many ways.
Young or a bit older fisher men tend to not tell you the best part because they want to protect their spots from competitors. They are much more competitive and are often chasing those big ones. Their “bragging albums” are not full enough and the least they want is another fisherman taking away a big one.
So, often they tell you very little or not the whole truth or in worst case send you to dead places or recommend a fishing lure which are useless in these waters.
The message is ; find an old fisherman and rely more in his tips than others. If none is there to ask, study the topography of the landscape around. A ridge going down to the water line very often continues under the water and are excellent places to fish. A bumpy landscape is likely to be bumpy under the water too so its a good chance there is shallow banks around in the lake. Find these because these are excellent places too.
Shallow bays are good to especially with weeds along the shore line. Here are small prey fish feeding and hiding and you can be sure that predators are not far away. They tend to be somewhat further out and deeper in daytime. In the evening they move against the shore to feed on smaller fish.
If you spot logs, large rocks, floating boats or any other object in the water try to cast your lure near them. These things are often good hiding places for predator fish. In most lakes there are in and outgoing rivers and creeks. These spots are often a habitat for fish too because especially ingoing streams/ creeks transport food for many species of fish and the larger ones occupies the best places there.
Some lakes has depth maps and this is useful as you now can locate exactly where shallow areas are and check these out. A boat is useful here as this increases you chances significantly. Hope you have got some good clues now and can take advantage of them next time you enter an unknown fishing place.