I catch 'em on Mayo when I don't want to - bass fishing - usually when tossing spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but not when using worms, jigs, jerkbaits, and topwaters). I guess swimbaits could get 'em, but I don't have that experience.
Edges of weedbeds, fallen timber along shoreline, flooded timber on points. rocks/riprap on levees.
I've had them come from such cover far away and hit my bait after it has been retrieved back into open water. They're usually not shy.
Mayo is probably the Chain Pickeral capital of the state.
Even when I'm not after 'em, I like catchin' 'em.