Prowl the Canal Lessons-Combos

Here we go with the second post from a trio of lessons courtesy of The Hennepin Canal.

Lots of fishing folks refer to a distinction between “structure” and “cover”. The general concept is that structure is a feature of the lakebed while cover is an object where the bass can hide in or around. I really don’t recall if I ever used those terms separately when I was first attracted to this hobby, but I don’t anymore.

Right or wrong, I call it all “structure” and leave the debate to the forums. For me, structure is a place where I cast and anticipate finding some bass.

So, now that I have that off my chest…

Structure Combos

Like the previous Transitions tip, a combination of structural elements can enhance a spot. In this instance, a lengthy, solid stretch of surface weeds was broken up by some open water channels and a bit of brush in the water. Such a spot screams for a few casts as the structural variety can turn the mundane into a magnet.


“Variety is the spice of life” as the old saying goes. And if you can find a variety of structure blended together, work it over.

One more lesson tomorrow so stay tuned and talk to you later. Troy

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