How to fish Laydowns

December 5, 2023 by lbailey

How to fish Laydowns (cover) Taken from “Strategies For Bass” by retired Elite Series Pro Lee Bailey Jr.

How to fish laydowns

From the bank a tree fallen into the aquatic world is known as a laydown to bass anglers. Sometimes different depending on how long it has been in the water. The large trunk and heavy branches of a laydown offer ample shade and cover for bass. Here bass set up an ambush zone. As a result the algae buildup on the decaying tree attracts baitfish into the bass’ lair.

How to fish Laydowns (cover) Taken from “Strategies For Bass

How to fish Laydowns in bass fisheries across the country. They come in all shapes and sizes. Under the water is a bass haven full of thick branches Still have having tall tops attached that might only have a limb or two showing above the surface. Others might be slick logs with only a few stubby boughs left.

Lonely is a good thing

Would you rather fish a stretch of bank laden with great-looking laydowns or an area with just a single, solitary laydown? If you’d make a hard line to the isolated one, you’re ahead of the game. These isolated pieces of cover are very likely to hold quality fish.

“Don’t get me wrong, you can catch ’em on banks with a bunch of laydowns, but if you can find one by itself, your chances increase dramatically,” “If an area is void of cover, the bass will congregate on a single fallen tree. They don’t have many options for ambush points or shade, making them outstanding targets throughout the entire year.”

Whether you call it a laydown, a windfall or a fallen tree, this type of bass cover is found on just about any lake or river in the country. However, since a laydown on the bank is glaringly obvious it tends to receive heavy fishing pressure. Professional anglers avoid laydowns, believing them to be fished out, you may think. The reality is that many of the country’s most accomplished pros snatch countless bass from this prevalent cover.

Its fish-holding qualities make a laydown a prime target for Bassmaster Elite Series pros. No matter where they fish throughout the country…

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