When fishing laydowns, stumps, and other forms of timber in the water, it is important to not just roll up and start bombing casts, but rather to make a calculated approach to maximize your success. Bassmaster Elite angler Patrick Walters knows a thing or two about fishing trees by spending so much time on the target-rich environment of Santee Cooper lakes in South Carolina. With many types of trees in the water, each one has its own special fish-holding characteristics. On any given day, bass may favor specific trees and position on them in a way that you can pattern your bites and target specific trees where the bass are sitting, waiting to ambush a meal. During the spring and around the spawn, Patrick has great success targeting smaller trees, such as clusters of baby cypress trees that offer great cover in a shallow spawning area. However, it is important to experiment on the water and find out what types of trees the bass are positioned on - it is almost never always the same, so be sure to keep an open mind and let the bites clue you in to the pattern each day!