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I have been fishing as I posted earlier this year only since January 2012. I have fished about 90% in the local ponds bank and canoe and the rest in the local lakes on my canoe. The 5 ponds I fish range in size from 1-2 football fields in size. I catch a bunch of fish (10-15 in 3 hours avg.) at the ponds. Since I have been doing so well as the bass season picked up here in NC I have not left the ponds. I am enjoying this alot, however my sister in particular said "it is easy to fish a pond" She does not fish but it did get me thinking. I have only caught one small bass in a lake about 2 months ago and have not ventured out since. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being easy and 10 being difficult, I feel the pond fishing to me is about a 2 and the lake an 8. Reason is I have not gone out in so long.

What would you all rate the pond and lake on a difficulty level?

Any tips for me as I will try the canoe on the lakes again soon?

Thanks!

- Joe

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It's easier to find fish in the pond simply because there is a smaller area they can move around in. I personally don't think it's easier to catch because you still have to figure them out. I've gone to ponds and been skunked and I've been to huge lakes and have been able to nail 'em. As I stated earlier, ponds are "easier" just because the fish don't have the huge area to move around in, but to get fish to bite....it takes the same analysis on a pond as it does on a big lake. As they say, 'a bass is a bass'-the things you learn on the pond will translate to a big lake.

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Man, that makes sense. Analyze the lake like I do the ponds. When I go to any of the ponds here, I know structure, "sweet spots", places not to throw certain lures as they will most likely snag, and I learned these facts. I will just apply them on the lakes. :-) TY!

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If you are having much better luck in the pond as compared to the lake, why do you rate the lake as easier? This does not make sense to me.

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If you are having much better luck in the pond as compared to the lake, why do you rate the lake as easier? This does not make sense to me.

That is because I typed it backwards. LOL Fixed. :-)

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most ponds dont get any pressure to speak of. where as most lake bass have seen every lure at one point in their lives.

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I was wondering what part of NC you live in... I live in the garner area southeast of raleigh... I fish in a tiny pond maybe 25x50 yards it produces sunfish bluegill crappie bass catfish and at least 2 50lbs carp... all the fish are good sized i have caught a 8lb bass and multiple 3 and 2 lb bass... i think it is easier to fish in the pond than a lake but i know where to find the fish in the pond going to a lake blind would be much harder!

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Well my intake,

Pond VS Lake:Smaller body of water, will have some of the same features as lakes,such as: creeks,ditches,roadbeds,humps,dropoffs,structure,ect..do the fish still follow the same pattern as they would in a lake...?

Somewhat, they can still be found in shallow flats and in coves that are recieving enough sun light. After the spawn most will stay shallow, as they will in a lake,a pond is considered to be smaller than a

lake,therefore a pond heats up quicker and cools of quicker than bigger bodies of water such as a lake. Don't forget most of the same food bass eat.

Lakes, well are bigger,most have a main channel and or river channels. Most are deeper. You have a better understanding, IMO, on learning the seasonal pattern of the largemouth. To me it's a bigger

challange. You have baitfish that only can survive in lakes because of the rivers and channel, such as shad. I would have to say Bass have more of an open buffet in a lake,but people will

beg-to-differ. Hope this helps.

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@ncbassmaster- thanks for the info! You're right on target. I think all of my practice in the ponds will help me in the lakes. . :-)

@sbrown322- I'm in Fuquay Varina right at 401 and lake wheeler intersection. Let me know If you wanna meet up. ;-)

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@ncbassmaster- thanks for the info! You're right on target. I think all of my practice in the ponds will help me in the lakes. . :-)

That's how I started out ;)

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I may want to meet up and fish a little... im only 16 but i can drive so...

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I may want to meet up and fish a little... im only 16 but i can drive so...

A few of us fish around here together. We can meet up sometime. :-)

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What lake/river/pond do yall fish im guessing lake wheeler?

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@ jnatale3 and @ sbrown322 I go to NC State and I'm always trying to fish the small ponds. I don't take a boat to school, so is there any chance we can maybe meet up and fish when I return to school?

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maybe @Cjfulk.... my sister goes to state also

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It's definitely easier to catch fish in ponds.

That's why I mostly fish in ponds. :grin:

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I am from Browns Summit, I won't be able to fish in Raleigh until classes start and I move back to my apartment. So late August and September

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It's easier to find fish in the pond simply because there is a smaller area they can move around in. I personally don't think it's easier to catch because you still have to figure them out. I've gone to ponds and been skunked and I've been to huge lakes and have been able to nail 'em. As I stated earlier, ponds are "easier" just because the fish don't have the huge area to move around in, but to get fish to bite....it takes the same analysis on a pond as it does on a big lake. As they say, 'a bass is a bass'-the things you learn on the pond will translate to a big lake.

That's like the perfect answer. The same lures and the same techniques work exactly the same. As for what's harder that depends on the population and fishing pressure. If your pond is highly pressured it might be harder cause actually all those fish have seen that lure. Just on a lake your lure wasn't going by as many fish with each cast.

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I agree. The pond may be smaller, but the fish will have a better chance of seeing the same lure over and over again. The lake may be bigger, but the fish are more populated and more spread out and the angler can get more hits from some curious fishy. :-)

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