Ive found the best way to scout new waters is to start with google earth. I view the area and look at anything that can give me the advantage, whether is be sunken trees, drop offs in the water of just view a parking spot. Then I will walk the entire perimeter looking for some form of life. I will listen for frogs jumping, look for baitfish, panfish, or crayfish. If any of these are present its a good sign that bass can sustain life here using this as forge. If I do not see any life at all I simply will not fish the water at all.