Bass will often
hide under thick mats of pond scum. Pike can often be
found suspended at the surface right underneath the
mat too. It's tough to tell from this picture but there
is also some timber in the water along the bank. Also
notice that there are holes in the mat.
On bright sunny days bass will flock to areas like
this in great numbers.
Very often the edge of a mat will be right over a
Cast a plastic frog beyond the holes, drag it over
the mat for a long distance and then swim it through
the hole. If the fish don't hit it before it gets to
the hole, very often it will get nailed once it hits
When possible, keep the boat outside the mat to prevent
spooking any fish swimming underneath it.
frog or other lure dragged across the top of the mat
will often produce strikes from below. Heavy line and
a fishing rod with some backbone are required to pull
the fish out before they have a chance to bury themselves.
If the scum is thick, it can be difficult for the fish
to suck the lure down through the mat. A trailer hook
is advisable to increase your chances of a hookup. Always
make it a point to fish the outside edge of these areas
with lures that imitate bait fish. When possible, throw
plastic worms or lizards at the bank and let them swim
into the water. Bass can often be found right up against
the bank in areas like this.
Remember that the outside edge of a line of scum
can sometimes indicate a drop off. that is NOT the case
here. The scum is formed because there are farm fields
nearby and fertilizer from the fields finds it's way
into the lake. This helps some of the plant species
grow. Left unchecked, this scum would cover the entire
lake if it were not treated with other chemicals.