Big lakes are where a lot of anglers choose to do their bass fishing – but it’s a decision that has its own pros and cons.
That’s why bass fishing on a smaller size body of water such as a pond can make an appealing and more feasible alternative for anglers.
On a large lake you are going to need a boat. Even if you have your own boat there is the still non-trivial cost of the fuel involved.
It also takes on additional logistical considerations. If you have your own boat: getting it to and from the water as well as in and out. If you are renting, the hassle of sorting out the boat is something that is going to cut into your available fishing time.
With pond fishing though you are good to go from the water’s edge. It’s more cost effective and a lot less hassle.
It doesn’t mean sacrificing on size of fish you could be catching either. In fact some of the largest bass caught are done so from ponds!
With a pond being a much more manageable size it’s possible to evaluate conditions a lot quicker.
Not just the weather but environmental features which are commonly associated with good bass fishing.
Any weed beds, docks or downed trees are going to be easy to spot and make for ideal places to attempt to fish.
If you do have a non-motorised boat such as a kayak or canoe traversing the pond is even easier.
When exploring a pond always take extra care to be as quiet as possible. In clear water try to remain as difficult to spot from the edge as possible. You want to reduce the chances of giving the bass a heads up!
One of the first questions you are going to have to ask yourself is what type of bait to use. In quiet ponds which don’t see much fishing action, the bass will likely go for anything.
In busier ponds it helps to use something more naturally looking. Soft plastic lures in the forms of worms, grubs etc. are usually pretty effective at attracting a bite.
In murkier water you are going to need a lure that is more likely to catch the attention. Something that is loud or creates a noticeable disturbance on the surface such as a surface popper or a spinner bait.
As always, don’t forget your sun glasses. It can be a nightmare trying to see out over the water if the sun is playing games.