Last summer I didn't do much lake fishing here in Southcentral, but I would like to do more this year, from my kayak. I didn't learn much about fishing patterns, so I'd like a few points of advice (anything you feel might be useful). I've been a lure fisherman for most of the last 5 years (MN), and so last summer I tried a few lakes with small bass lures and crappie-type lures...basically, small inline spinners and crank baits. I got a few trout and a few bites. I suppose my questions boil down to the following, more or less:
-Can one successfully catch lake fish using lures all summer?
-If using (organic) bait, is it better to fish near the bottom, or in the shallows, or under a bobber? I guess this info. would be useful w/artificials too.
-Do lake fish (any of the species) tend to be shallow after ice-out, and deeper as the summer progresses?
-If using bait, what kinds of baits?
-Do bigger fish tend to be in different areas than smaller fish?
-If I find a fish or two, should I concentrate on that area, or are these fish rather solitary? I suppose the rules of structure probably hold true here too (90% of the fish are in 10% of the lake).
-Are the techniques much different for targeting the differing species in lakes?
Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks...