Need More Structure in Your Life?

Fishing is one of the life’s greatest stress releases. And one of the best ways to catch a fish is to cast near aquatic structure. Sometimes this structure is visible above water such as stumps or boulders. Other times, it is located with the aid of electronic depth finders. Or maybe you find structure the old fashioned way, by accidentally snagging it. Many Oklahoma lakes mark submerged brush piles with buoys to help curb this.

Around the country, fish structure varies greatly. Perhaps you discovered this while boating and fishing during your summer vacation. Here are a few examples of the range of fish structure:

  • Docks, piers, or around marinas are common fish holding structures. Always a good, accessible place to start.

  • This summer, one angler reported that he found bass relating to temporarily vacant, giant inflatable trampolines floating on one lake. The shade and shape might seem like a big ol’ lily pad!

  • On one episode of his fishing show, Jarrett Edwards found a successful pattern where fish were located in areas where tumbleweeds had blown into Lake Powell, AZ and congregated in channels and ditches along the shore.

  • Artificial reefs can be found in both saltwater and freshwater. At the Athens Scuba Park in Texas, bluegill and largemouth bass also swim in and around two jets, a bus, and several submerged boats in the 8 acre lake.

What structure do you fish?

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.