Originally Posted by TromboneAl
I'm about to go do some bass fishing using a technique that I've never seen anybody else use.* I paddle up to a group of lily pads in my canoe, and quietly slide right into them.*
Do you have an aluminum canoe, or some quieter type? Also, is the lake such that you can put in near your quarry?
When I was a kid we fished mostly in a river, and our technique was a minnow on a light leader under a bobber. Occasionally we'd get a bass or two while seining for the minnows. Our seine was a burlap sack wired between 2 tobacco sticks. Get in waste deep water, and head toward a cul-de-sac. And try to get it over with well before nightfall, if we were spending the night on the river.
I have heard that this same bobber technique with an appropriate bait works well for steelhead too. Keeps your bait off the snags.