You know how if you go to the gym in January, it’s full of the New Year’s Resolution idiots? For the next month or so, you have to deal with them. My response when this happens is to try and hit it in the non-peak hours.

It’s a similar scenario at many lakes in the summer. Jet skiers and speed boaters are zipping around, screwing up all our fishing holes. What’s an angler to do?

In this Field & Stream article, author Dave Wolak gives you some ideas of other places to try to catch bass and how to avoid the maddening crowds.

smallie_wildindianaFourth of July weekend reminded me just how bad boat traffic can get on the bigger bodies of water in summer. Sometimes I feel like anglers are more interested in showing off their tricked-out boats than actually catching fish this time of years, because no matter how you slice it, no matter how good your electronics are, it’s just not fun trying to figure out a pattern when 25 jet skies are doing circles over your favorite deep structure hole. That’s why I tend to get a bit more unconventional in summer, though ironically what I consider unconventional now was 100% conventional back when a lot of us were kids fishing with grandpa and simply trying to catch bass. When the big lakes are jammed, here are two of my favorite haunts.

Many northern creeks have smallmouths, and plenty of southern creeks have spotted bass or largemouths.  Sure, it’s tight quarters, but drifting in a jon boat is a summertime blast. You get constant changes of scenery and there are new targets to throw at around every turn.

Photos: Field & Stream (top); Wild Indiana (above)