The Minnow Bucket
The words “grass” and “weeds” both mean the same thing in the fishing world. Which term you choose to use probably depends on which part of the country you live in. I live in the northern part of the USA and tend to call them weeds.
In Minnesota most of our lakes are weedy and have sandy and silty bottoms with areas of rocks scattered about them. The very northern part of Minnesota is the exception with lake bottoms composed almost entirely out of rock with very few weeds in them. Most southern reservoirs are almost all rock but some of them do have lots of grass in them.
So which are better, rocky lakes or grassy lakes? I really don’t have a preference, but it seems like wherever I go, anglers seem to be wishing their lakes had more of one or the other! Unless we want to do a lot of traveling, we are stuck with the lakes we have and what happens to be in them. So let’s make the most of what we have.
Wherever I've gone fishing, I've found that it’s the areas where rocks and grass come together that are important. Those spots really make for good fishing. So how do we find some of these rocky and grassy areas?
A large point in almost any lake is usually rocky so that’s a start, but they get a lot of fishing pressure that can make the fish a little harder to catch. When I’m fishing a weedy lake here in Minnesota that I’ve never been to before, I’ll spend some time idling around in my boat while watching my sonar for rocky spots along just about any weedline. These “off the main structure” type of rocky areas are smaller and don’t hold extremely large numbers of fish like main lake points can, but they will attract some fish. These fish may not be getting all the fishing pressure that the fish on a main lake points are, making them more catchable.
Using sonar is the fastest way to find rocks in weedy lakes. Just look for double echoes on your graph as you idle along. It’s also the fastest way to find grass in rocky lakes. If you can’t see the weeds growing to the surface, you will easily see them growing up from the lake bottom on your graph. Once you stop and begin to fish the area, you can pinpoint the rocks or grass with your fishing lures. Deep diving crankbaits will find the weeds in a cast or two. You can also quickly feel for and find the rocks by dragging a Carolina rig or football jig along the bottom.