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Fishing Shallow Stake Beds and Wood for Bass in the Summer

There comes a time when targeting resident shallow bass becomes the smarter option in the summer. For us that time often revolves around forage fry grouping up around wood cover on shallow flats and bays. Sometimes way up the back of a creek or river is where the cooler water is and where the baby baitfish are congregating around obvious pieces of cover.

On lakes that have a lot of crappie anglers, you will often find stake beds, stumps and shallow laydowns and brush piles put out to attract crappie in the spawn that become great bass habitat in the early summer when the fry gather on them. I had a lot of fun for a few weeks on this pattern in the backs of some creeks while everyone else was out fishing deep on the main lake.