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Imagine an out of the way bass fishing scenario. The bass grow big and are mostly unmolested. You don’t need specialized gear or even a boat and it can be fished thoroughly and effectively in an hour or two. This scenario is even easy to find all across America in the form of ponds and small privately owned lakes. Generations of bass enthusiasts gained their early fishing education fishing the banks of these small fisheries. Ideal for introducing youngsters to fishing, but these ponds are not just child’s play, we are talking some serious bass action here.
Pond bass fishing has to be one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the great outdoors, yet can be an exciting and rewarding venture. More big bass are harvested from ponds than from any other type of water.
Pond bass are probably one of the easiest fish to catch, however you need to approach pond bass fishing differently than your fishing buddies who fish from boats. A quiet approach to the shoreline will help prevent fish from spooking off. Be sure and take notice of the sun and your shadow. If the sun is to your back would allow you to see into the water better, but the bass will think you are a predator.
Techniques vary according to the season. Early spring time in a pond means cold water and relatively inactive bass. They will move to the shallows during the day as the sunshine warms the water but are difficult to catch there. Slow moving spinners or small jigs should be fished near habitat structures or along steep bank drop-offs at this time of the year. Bass may also be caught in deep water along the edges of vegetation.
As summer and warmer weather approaches, bass move to the shallows to spawn and can be caught fairly easily. Plastic worms and fast moving lures such as spinner baits work well. Minnows and crayfish fished around shoreline habitat will produce bass in the May-June period.
Hot summer days mean warm water temperatures, probably pond stratification and vegetation growth. This drives bass to shady areas around shallow habitat. Bass are aggressive at this time, and surface lures, popping bugs and floating plastic worms and frogs excite them. Grasshoppers and frogs make excellent summer baits, either fished on the surface or hung 12-18 inches under a bobber. Many times, bass will come out of the water to hit a bait in the summer. Nighttime fishing may increase success even further.
Fall weather cools the water and bass feed actively, fattening up for the winter. Surface baits become less effective as the water cools so the angler should again use crank baits, spinners, beetle spins or plastic worms. Minnows are a good fall bait. The angler should fish around any existing habitat (brush piles, vegetation, or fallen trees).
During the winter bass are slow, sluggish, and finicky, but they can be caught. Deep brush piles, habitat structures, or areas near deeper parts of the pond should be fished.
Be sure to catch and release to enjoy another day. One angler can over harvest the bass in an acre pond quickly if bass are actively feeding, which explains why over harvest of bass in ponds is so prevalent.
The main thing you need to do with ponds on private property, is to get permission to fish them. It will make your day better and you won’t get into trouble. Another key thing is to take good pictures and practice ‘Catch and Release’, especially the big bass. This keeps the fish in the ponds so they can grow and they will be there to catch again another day. So remember to ask for permission, respect the land and ‘Catch and Release’.
Good luck with your Pond Fishing for Bass and enjoy the Videos!