Knowing how to identify different types of points, and understanding which strategy to apply when fishing each type can boost your catch rates in a big way. Points serve as freshwater highways for largemouth bass, connecting shallow shoreline areas with deeper open water.
Since each type of point has unique distinguishing features, it will pay off in strikes if you learn how to properly identify and fish each one.
You are probably most familiar with Primary points. These points are usually found on the main portion of a waterway. Primary points are easily visible and look like peninsulas that extend out into the water from the shore. These points create shallow areas that reach out into deeper water. When fishing primary points, start by locating the side of the point that has the highest variance in depth. Use spinnerbaits or lipless crankbaits in the shallows, and then fish the drop-offs using a Carolina rig or a Rat-L-Trap.
Secondary points are generally located in lake arms, bays or coves. They are not as obvious as a primary point and can be easy to miss. You can use digital charts or download Navionics SonarChart Live to map and view bottom contours. Spoons, crankbaits, or soft plastic lures rigged Texas or Carolina style can be very effective when fishing secondary points.
Cover points are concentrations of vegetation, submerged wood, or rock that extend out into open water. During the spring months, you can try flipping a football jig or weedless soft plastics around hydrilla or bulrush points.
Channel points drop off dramatically into deep water as they intersect with creek channels or rivers. They usually extend out just a short distance from the shoreline, and the section of the point that is above the waterline appears blunt at the tip. During the winter and early spring months, use suspending baits such as jerkbaits or swimbaits when fishing channel points.
Flat points can also be classified as either primary or secondary, but have a much more gradual taper than channel points. Try topwater lures, such as a Zara Spook or Skitterwalk, when fishing flat points during the early morning hours.
As you work through each of these types of points on a waterway, you can start to put together successful patterns based on where and when you get the most strikes.