I learned a couple of helpful lessons the past year that have greatly improved my success rate. One, pay attention to high percentage areas, and two, don't stay in one place and burn down--move if you're not getting any action. Now, intuition is involved to a certain extent, and that just comes with experience and familiarity with the body of water. For example, I didn't stay in the south pool near Chestnut Street for long. After 15 minutes without any bites, and based on my observations of the cover, I moved on. As I walked down the rocks toward the bridge, I made a few casts, at key points until I settled down by the bridge. I keyed in on the bridge because I figured there were good ambush points, there were reeds/branches, and lily pad stalks sticking out of the water, and I figured that there was a "channel" running under the bridge. 15-20 minutes after I caught the second bass, without any action, I moved to the other side of the bridge and fished from that side and in the pads/stick ups there. When that area didn't produce any more bites, I moved on again. Up at Old School I follow the same strategy, and I often hook and land a couple right after I move to a new location. I think that the Baby Brush Hog has been a great lure because it mimics three types of forage: crayfish, frogs, bait fish.
Fishing is a great sport, whether you fish for fun or professionally. In both cases it requires a learning mindset, and a positive mental attitude. The best advice I ever got was from one of the Lake Glenview regulars: "Remember, they call it fishing, not catching. If you keep that thought in mind you'll have a lot more fun and and you may be more successful too." I've read a lot of posts on this forum, especially when I first came back to fishing in 2013 after a twenty year absence, so I've really appreciated what others have shared here. I feel that because I've benefited from the collected wisdom here I should share what I know, though I am not wise by any measure, with others.