This picture has had
a little artificial brightness added to it to allow for better
detail. Notice the bottom of the grass line. You can see that
the water level was recently higher (You can also see a deer
poking his nose out of the grass just left of dead center in
the picture). Bass love to hang close to tall grass and cattails.
There are a variety of food sources available to them not to
mention cover when the water is a little higher. On days when
the water level is lower, pitching a plastic lizard can be a
good choice. The idea is to land the bait right at the base
of the grass and retrieve it very slowly. When the fish are
very active, a buzz bait can be a good choice too.
Try to avoid dying
or dead grass and cattails. When possible, always fish the greenest
plants first. Many more bass are caught from near live plants
than from around dead and or dying ones.
Also notice that there is a nice point where the water turns.
In this case there is a slight current so a mild eddy is created
just around the corner. Very often fish can be found there or
out several feet long the point. There is a lot of boat traffic
in this area so it's not uncommon for the fish to spook and
move deeper. Staying in one place is usually not the best way
to fish an area like this. Start at one end and work your way
down to the other. Move slowly and quietly.