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Winter Pond Fishing

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So as winter is upon us i now must switch tactics in order to continue to catch the big ones. Or catch anything for that matter. So my question to you is what baits and presentations work for you while pond fishing in the winter?

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I live in ohio... its not THAT cold. I simply mean fishing in low temperatures. 20-40 and the occasional 50s

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I live in ohio... its not THAT cold. I simply mean fishing in low temperatures. 20-40 and the occasional 50s

The ponds around you aren't iced over? I'm not talking about ice strong enough to walk on, but it would definitely prevent you from fishing.

The ponds around me have been iced over for about three weeks now and I don't see that changing in the near future.

If you are able to fish I would go with slow presentations and small baits such as jigs and certain plastics.

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My guess would be go deep and go slow.

  -gk

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Try to find some active fish using a crankbait slowly, bumping the bottom or some cover.  It might keep you warmer than fishing a jig painfully slow.

If the water's clear, try a float and fly.

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I used a 10" zoom ole monster to bag a 4 pounder out of a pond i fish. Big worms and soft plastics are always a good place to start.

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I live in ohio... its not THAT cold. I simply mean fishing in low temperatures. 20-40 and the occasional 50s

Why are the ponds frozen over in my part of Ohio and not where you're from ?

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I live in ohio... its not THAT cold. I simply mean fishing in low temperatures. 20-40 and the occasional 50s

Why are the ponds frozen over in my part of Ohio and not where you're from ?

Exactly what I was asking and I live further south too.  :-?

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I've had horrible luck all winter using the typical methods. I've tried jigs, deep cranks, and slow rolling spinnerbaits. I went for nearly two months without hooking into a bass that way. Yesterday I got the idea that I needed to try a soft plastic. I was sitting at work thinking that I needed something with a very muted action that I could just throw out there and let it do the work. So, I got home from work and tied on a 5" Senko and headed out across the road to this extremely small farm pond that I've seen one bass caught out of in the past 20 years and that was in the dead of summer and it weighed about 1/8 of a pound. On my first cast the bait reached the bottom and was there a total of 5 seconds before it got slammed. By far the heaviest bite I've had all winter. I set the hook and brought in a bass that weighed about a pound and a half. I plan to test out the Senko in a little bigger body of water this weekend, but it seemed like a good tactic to me. I didn't catch anymore out there with it, but I was only there for about 20 minutes and was getting bites on pretty much every cast.

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My guess would be go deep and go slow.

-gk

That's what she said.

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I live in ohio... its not THAT cold. I simply mean fishing in low temperatures. 20-40 and the occasional 50s

Why are the ponds frozen over in my part of Ohio and not where you're from ?

Exactly what I was asking and I live further south too. :-?

If I may interject, perhaps Kickbass's ponds are spring fed.  That might explain it.

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For an exact location i live between newark and columbus. As for the ponds they are both run off ponds on a golf course about a good 50 to 100 yards from my house. Both stocked with bass and bluegill. However when i got home from school my ponds had indeed frozen over with the incoming snow. However I would still love to hear ideas for when they are NOT frozen.

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If you are fishing in areas that are mostly shallow you cannot beat a lipless crank. I prefer the hair jigs for deeper water.

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Oh I see , fish real slow.

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Besides what has been mentioned:

Hair Jigs

http://www.northstarbaits.com/hairjigs.html

You're getting good at sponsorship plugging Vinny. You should go write about it in the Resume section. :D

I just speak the truth about the great products that Chris offers. Before getting involved, I was just a fan of NorthStar, and now I'm just continuing to inform people about some of the best products on the market.

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Besides what has been mentioned:

Hair Jigs

http://www.northstarbaits.com/hairjigs.html

You're getting good at sponsorship plugging Vinny. You should go write about it in the Resume section. :D

I just speak the truth about the great products that Chris offers. Before getting involved, I was just a fan of NorthStar, and now I'm just continuing to inform people about some of the best products on the market.

They are really good products and everyone should know about them.

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