Dave, those were the good ole days, keeping big discussions going. I sure enjoyed it. Much of that period I was in a hotel room, attending schools as part of my job, or staying at my lake place 150 miles from here, while putting in too many hours in 4 days a week to drive home. I'm retired from all that now, but operating a business has me with far less time to get online.
The profile shows former area as Turkey Creek, which if memory serves OK is very flat country with meandering bayous in the upper end of Atchafalaya Basin, classic wetlands, elevation about 100 feet above sea level, quite far removed from tidal influence. The fisheries around there are typically very shallow, but highly productive.
First off, what you advised is good
....for typical bass lakes that are close to normal pool.
North LA above I-20 has low hills and deeper reservoirs, but no highland deep reservoirs that I can compare to what I have here. There are many lowland lakes and nearly stagnant bayous to choose from all over the state. I really would need to know at least generally what part of LA we're talking about besides Turkey Creek. I've fished all over LA, lived in the state twice, and know there's quite a variety of fishing scenarios. Chances are any reservoirs there are at very low pool, dams not flowing most of this year, current practically non-existent. Adding to drought is the growing Giant Salvinia invasion and recent drawdowns to control it. I'd have to run some discharge reports looking at dams and river stations to get more specific, a job much easier knowing which lake(s), to assume any current, even in larger rivers like the Ouachita. Up here Lake Ouachita is very low, very little water going downstream, barely meeting required levels for users below. Otherwise the LA end of the Ouachita River would be it's usual self, a very good fishery. I'll look at the Red River situation tomorrow.
With pools as low as they have been bass are not able to use much of their formerly shallow places, forced into the deep waters weeks and months at a time. The shad are stuck out there too, so about now the great Fall feeding frenzy is on and intensified. While pool levels continue to drop all the fish become more survival-minded with little or no cover to escape to. Heavily fished lakes train them to quickly recognize artificial lures more as Fall comes in, but they also have to feed up for winter even in N. LA. The maniacal feeding of large bass schools feeding on large shad schools presents an opportunity to bypass many of the former problems like ultra clear water and no wind making lures too visible. In the turbulence most any lure will simply become part of the churn, so the new problem is how to make yours stand out from the thousands of little fish a predator fish has to pick from.
Down there in the north half and relatively shallow water everywhere shad would prefer in the summer to be broken up into little schools and overnighting in shallower places like pockets and wide coves, so the predator fish would be much more scattered. Now all are being concentrated in diminishing foot-acreage, schools growing ever larger. But remember down there shallow water is normal. I am emphasizing that. The deal is when a shallow lake drops a foot the receding shoreline might move in 200 feet leaving many extra acres of mud flats. That is not at all a normal situation, a real threat to the entire food chain. It's tough to figure out bass fishing under those conditions.
I used the same bass baits and methods wherever I went around LA bassing. It's mostly a matter of knowing where bass ought to be in any one fishery. That's actually becoming much easier due to the pool levels eliminating shallowest areas. It might be the nearest laydowns and brush piles are high and dry, so typical cover is lacking. It gets down to minute details of structure in many LA lakes, as well as many in our AR River valley, and most small lakes in hilly national forests all around me. What were beautiful remote lakes are now nearly dry creeks meandering through snag fields and dry cracked mud flats.
I probably should have replied after looking at some reports, but I've put too much into this to just wipe it out, so be aware I am mostly assuming based on old experience and what's happening all around this part of the country.
OK, so now we have more to chew on. We need more information, though.