If you want to have a lot of fun fishing near your home, learn how to fish for bass using artificial bait in a pond. A simple little pond bass fishing trip can be the perfect opportunity to experiment with a variety of lures and baits. Also, basses often reach respectable sizes when they live in humble waterways where they don’t have to compete with other predatory fish species for sources of food.
Keep these five important tips in mind as you learn how to fish for bass in a pond with artificial bait.
- Just keep your rod and reel set up. Use a 5½ to 6½ medium weight spin or bait throwing rod and a reel that is set up in ponds when bass fishing. You can wind your roll with 6-12 pounds of monofilament line or 8-30 pounds of braid. Braid is generally the better option when fishing ponds with heavy vegetation because it has little stretch and allows for better hook sets.
- Topwater frog lures or “walk the dog” style lures are good choices for freshwater fishing in a pond. Since ponds are typically shallower bodies of water, you can use these baits to cover a lot of water without getting caught or drooping to the bottom. Use weed-free topwater frog bait in areas with lily pad or thick vegetation. Save your baits “Walk the Dog” style to cover any open areas where you won’t get caught by weeds or structure.
- Remember to pay attention to the clarity of the water. If the pond is clear, try a swim bait, soft plastic jerkbait, or swim jig. If the water is muddy, learn how to fish with lures that vibrate or flash as you work through the water, such as chatterbaits or spinnerbaits. If the pond water is muddy, noises or lightning bolts can help the bass locate your bait by using its side line instead of just seeing it.
- Use quieter baits first. A clandestine approach is important when fishing with small pond bass. Pay attention to where your shadow falls as you near the coast and use your softest bait first. This way you will avoid frightening fish that may be sitting in shallow water.
- Throw your bait parallel to the coast for more hits. Bass in ponds is more related to the coverage and structure of the coast. So if you work your bait or bait along the edge of the coast, you will likely get more bites.
You will quickly find that learning how to catch fish in a pond is easy. Just think of these simple bass fishing tips and you will be amazed at baiting bass in local ponds all summer long!