When going to a new lake there are many things that can reduce your search time. Find out information before leaving home. Ask questions at bait shops and at the ramp. However, one area of the lake that is good for starting your search is often in mid-lake spots. The middle of the lake will likely be easier to navigate than extreme upper regions. Mid-lake usually has more coves and creeks along with a primary channel. It will have a variety of depths for jigging, trolling and casting. There are no sure-things when going to a new lake, but starting in the middle and then finding depths and regions for typical fish movements for the season can produce good results.