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The Keys to Finding Those Great Fishing Spots

Viewer Question: “To all the gang at Thundermist Lures, I have been following your web site for a while now and have learned a lot. My question is; when fishing from shore, what clues can you look for on the surface that will give you an idea of what lies just bellow the surface or at the bottom in terms of structure or plants? Looking forward to your response. In the meantime, keep up the good work” - Rick

Great question Rick!

When fishing from shore, looking for clues on the water surface – or on land – is actually a great way to find good fishing spots. Further, this would apply even when fishing from a boat, or when fishing a completely new body of water for the first time. Here are some great tips to consider that will put you on to more fish!

Points & structure on land

Underwater points are great structure and a natural attractant for fish. So how can you find such areas? In this case, look at the shoreline surrounding the body of water you are fishing. If you see an area where the land jets out to a point, most likely, that point will actually continue into the water. Thus, you will want to make your way to that area & fish both sides of the point, as well as on top of the point. So in essence, what is below the water is a continuation of what you see on land.

Another example is if the shore line is steep, like a cliff - then, chances are, that cliff or steep drop off will be continued into the water, along that shore line. In this case, you will have deep water access very close to shore.

Rivers and Creeks

Another area to key in on, is creek or river mouths. If there are creeks or rivers that lead into your lake, this will also be a natural area that will hold fish and an area that should be targeted. In this case, the creek or river will be producing current, which in turn helps create oxygen in the water. Bait fish will relate to this oxygen, as will game fish. What a great combination.


Another area to explore would be bays. Again, follow the shore line & if you see bays along the way, target or hone in on the larger bays. The larger bays will provide more shelter & will hold more fish. In particular, right at the base of the bay, if there are weeds – or lily pads – this would be another good sign & an area to key in on.

What you can do here is follow the weeds or lily pads until they come to an end. Start fishing there, and work your way back into the base of the bay. Typically, early mornings or cloudy/windy days will have more active fish on the weed edge, while mid day, during bright sunny conditions, will find fish buried deep in the weeds.

Water surface

Keep a close watch on the water surface as well. If you are fishing a river, then you should be able to see areas where the current “breaks” (i.e. makes an edge on the water surface). These current breaks are natural attractants & give fish a place to rest & key in on bait fish/food.

Birds are also a key. If you see birds diving into the water, they are feeding on bait fish. Chances are, there will be game fish below so be sure to fish those areas. Also, should you see fish breaking the surface, this means there are active fish in that area feeding, so be sure to get your bait out there.


There are many observations anglers could make, without electronics & right from shore, by reading the land & the water. As they say, 80% of the fish are in 20% of the water. These visual clues will help you key in on that 20%!

Thanks again for your question Rick, and we’ll do our best to keep up our good work!

Until next time, good luck & good fishin’!

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