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STRUCTURE Makes the difference By Gary Howey

  You won’t have to look very far in most fishing publications or on a fishing show where you won’t hear the words structure mentioned several times.

  One thing is for sure, when you locate the structure on a farm pond, Lake Oahe or Lake Kampeska, you’re going to find the fish.

  Structure, exactly what is it?  A good definition of structure would be any difference or change on the bottom configuration.  At times, it might be large and at others, not large at all.

  No matter what size or type of structure you find on any body of water, it’s a good bet that there will be some aquatic life in that area.

 Now that we know the fish you are hoping to catch might be relating to some sort of structure in the lake, all you need to do is to locate the right piece of structure. This change in the bottom contour can attract numerous species of aquatic creatures, which creates a food chain.

  To make our body of water the underwater structure easier to understand let’s put it into above water terms. Let’s imagine a large pasture is your body of water with a large tree in the middle and a small clump of plum brush in the corner.

  Fish are like any other animal such as a deer or coyote and when they enter the pasture, the first thing they’re going to see is these two changes or features in the field and they’re drawn to them as these may be a good place to look for food.  If they’re underwater, these changes would be called structure.

  As I mentioned earlier, the change doesn’t need to be huge, as it can be a slight depression on the bottom or areas where the bottom content changes from soft mud to hard gravel.

   I’ve caught fish around some structure so small, unless I’d seen it when the water was low, I’d have never known it was there. 

  It could be a few weeds along the shoreline, a change from mud to gravel, a depth change in the old river channel, submerged trees, humps or points in the Missouri River reservoirs lakes. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change; it just needs to be something different.

WHY FISH RELATE TO STRUCTURE

  Studies have shown us how fish relate to structure and how much is needed in order for the fish to be attracted to one particular area.

  In studies, fish were put into a large stock tank and when the bottom configuration is all the same, the fish roamed around the tank. However, when rocks were placed on the bottom, the fish moved onto those rocks.  This example didn’t give the fish all they needed as most real structure does, but it gives you an idea as to how fish react to it.

  What draws these fish to these areas is simple; structure in a lake, reservoir or pond gives the fish everything they need; a food source, security and in some cases comfortable water temperatures. [Read more…]

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STRUCTURE MINUTE CHANGES CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE By Gary Howey

  There aren’t too many fishing publications or fishing shows where you won’t hear the words structure mentioned several times.

  One thing is for sure, when you locate the structure in a body of water, you’re going to find the fish.

Structure, exactly what is it?  My definition of structure would be any difference or change appearing on the bottom.  At times, it might be large and at others, it’s minuscule.

  No matter what size or type of structure you find on a given body of water, it’s a good bet that there will be some aquatic life exists in the area.

 Know that we know that the fish you’re hoping to catch might be relating to some sort of structure in the lake, all you need to do is to locate the right piece of structure.

  This change in the bottom contour can attract many numerous different species of aquatic creatures.

  To make the underwater structure easier to understand let’s put it into above water terms; imagine a large pasture is your body of water with a large tree in the middle and a small clump of plum brush in the corner.

  Fish are like any other animal such as a deer or coyote and they enter the pasture, the first thing they’re going to see is these two changes or features in the field and they’ll be drawn to it.  If they were underwater, these changes would be called structure.

  The change doesn’t need to be huge, as it can be a slight depression on the bottom or areas where the bottom content changes from a soft mud bottom to one with hard gravel. I’ve caught fish around some structure so small, unless I had seen it when the water was low, I would have never known it was there. 

  It could be a few weeds, rocks, a hump, points the old river channel a submerged tree. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change; it just needs to be something different.

WHY FISH RELATE TO STRUCTURE

  Studies have shows us how fish relate to structure and how much is needed in order for the fish to be attracted to one particular area.

  In one study, largemouth bass where put into a round metal stock tank with no structure, which gave the fish nothing to relate to and they were scattered all over the tank.

  Then a few rocks where placed in the middle of the tank and things changed, as all of the fish moved onto the rock pile.

  The last part of this test really puts it into perspective.  They then painted a black circle on the bottom of the tank, which only changed the looks of the bottom, with the bass moving right on top of the circle, so you see even the slightest change in the bottom configuration or structure can and does attract fish.

  What draws these fish to these areas is simple; structure gives the fish everything they need. [Read more…]