- Backwater - Shallow, still area of a river, usually off the main part of a river similar to an oxbow lake.
- Break - Distinct variation in otherwise constant stretches of cover, structure, or bottom type. A line of abrupt change in depth, bottom type, or water clarity in the feature of otherwise uniform structure.
- Cold Front - A weather condition accompanied by high, clear skies, and a sudden drop in temperature.
- Dink - Bass not long enough to meet state fisheries regulations or tournament standards. Typically less than 14 inches.
- Fancast - A systematic series of casts to a specific area of water in the shape of on Chinese paper fan.
- Finesse - An angling technique characterized by the use of light tackle - line, rods, reel and artificial baits (often tube worms, grubs, or other small-sized soft-plastic lures); often productive in clear, fairly uncluttered water.
- Flat - A bottom that does not change more than a couple feet in depth. The flat can be near the shore or far away from it. A topo map shows the contour lines very far apart.
- Flippin - Basically a long-rod technique where a lure, such as a jig or worm, is dropped, rather than cast into heavy cover at close range.
- Flipping Stick - Heavy action fishing rod, 7 to 8 feet long.
- Heavy action - Very stiff stout rod where only about 1/3 tip flexes.
- Jerkbait - Plugs that move with little or no action of their own; most action coming from the angler maneuvering the rod.
- Laydown - A tree that has fallen into the water.
- Light action - Limber rod that flexes across the entire length of the rod.
- Medium action - Stiffer rod that where only the upper half of the rod flexes.
- Pitching - Presentation technique in which worms or jigs are dropped into cover at close range with an underhand pendulum motion, using a 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 foot baitcasting rod.
- Pocket - A small indentation of the shoreline, like pool table.
- Point - A finger of land jutting into the water. A shoreline feature where the shoreline makes a turn out into the lake and cuts back on itself forming a peninsula. These can be large main-lake features at the opening of a creek arm or as small as a boat. In natural lakes, a point may not be that obvious. It may only be discernable by weed growth outlining the point underwater. In this case, look at the weeds as if they were the shoreline.
- Riprap - Loose rock, stacked on a bank that helps prevent erosion. This is a great place where crustaceans like to hide.
- Thermocline - The distinct interface between surface waters and cooler, deeper waters; region below the surface layer of the sea or lake, where temperature declines abruptly with increasing depth.
- Turnover - The period when the cold water on the surface of a body of water descends and is replaced by warmer water from below.
- Water column - Vertical section of the lake.
- Weedline - Abrupt edge of a weedbed caused by a change in depth, bottom type, or other factor.