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Question for all of you... Do ducks scare away bass?

I fish a very small pond (maybe 1/2 an acre). There are ducks around almost always and since they showed up the bite has died.

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I don't think so.

I fish ponds,lakes and rivers with both ducks and geese.

Cormarants are a problem but we stil manage to catch bass with thsoe destructive birds in the area.

Never have had a problem with any type of birds when fishing.

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I don't think so.

I fish ponds,lakes and rivers with both ducks and geese.

Cormarants are a problem but we stil manage to catch bass with thsoe destructive birds in the area.

Never have had a problem with any type of birds when fishing.

Well pooh, that means I'm just a bad fisherman then. LOL. I will stay on it the slump had to end eventually.

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No, you are an excellent fisherman.

It is the Virginia weather that sucks.

I went to a large pond/small lake and fished for an hour this past Saturday and caught only two - one dink and one 1.5 pounder. The only two fish that decided to bite my bait that day.

With snow and ice on the way plus very cold temperatures you may have to wait for some warmer weather for a few days to have the bass start to feed again.

The problem could also be that the bass are upset at Virginia Tech's football team and their poor play this past season and have decided to go on strike. Lucky for them Lurch is coming back as the QB. Then again........

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I'm an excellent fisherman? Obviously you haven't fished with me. Hahaha, no seriously I know it's difficult right now just curious if the waterfowl had any effect. And of course I forgot about the how moody the fish can be depending on the football game, silly me.

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Once a few years ago I was fishing off my dock and a few ducks came up so a threw a jig into them to scare them off. As soon as it hit the water 2 big bass jumped, one grabbed my jig, the other came up empty. To this day I still believe they were stalking those ducks to eat. 

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Its hard time of year to fish. Every week i have to remind myself to SLOW DOWN.

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In a small pond environment anything that I disturbs the norm can alert bass that danger may be close by. Bass are part of the food chain for predator birds until they grow large enough or adult size where most birds leave them be. Some ducks are fish eaters, other are eat aquatic weeds, snails and insects. Bass survival instinct to use caution around large water fowl. Ounce the bass become accustom to the ducks and accept them as being a normal part of their pond, then they would accept large size ducks.

However, in the spring when ducks have broods of ducklings, the small size ducklings become part of the adult bass diet!

Tom

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I always look out for ducks at the ponds I fish - means food and clean water is near by. In my experience, the bass are never in the immediate area (fifteen-twenty ft) but they are pretty close. There is a spot in a pond I fish, where the ducks just relax in the water on good days, and it pushes the baitfish into a cove and it drives all the bass that way also. It's all about figuring those little things out.

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I'm with Tom. any disturbance in a small/stable environment is bad.  the only i hate more than ducks scaring my bass are frogs.  their like a #($@* 4 alarm fire putting fish on guard. a few ponds i fish have canadian geese and i always approach from the opposite side.  they aren't near the same problem in larger bodies of water or when baby ducks/geese are around.

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Watch out for those d**n duck hunters. Sometimes they give you a heads up other times they shoot over you. 

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:Idea3:  build a baby duck lure with paddling feet, maybe youll have more luck. lol

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:Idea3: build a baby duck lure with paddling feet, maybe youll have more luck. lol

You think one of my daughters rubber duckies would work?

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Only if they squeek when squeezed. The other ones are a piece of crap!

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Only if they squeek when squeezed. The other ones are a piece of crap!

Agreed. Make it line-through and run a size 2 feathered treble under it. Go time.

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Persuader Lures make a baby mallard duck lure that works in the spring and there is Flipin the Bird lure available in various bird colors.

Tom

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If you accidentally scare a mother duck and her young across a bay with 3# plus LM in it, that would answer your question convincingly.

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I fish a pond that has coots swimming on it much of the fishing season. My observation, no effect on fishing.

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I don't think so.

I fish ponds,lakes and rivers with both ducks and geese.

Cormarants are a problem but we stil manage to catch bass with thsoe destructive birds in the area.

Never have had a problem with any type of birds when fishing.

Why are Cormarants bad? I have a ton at my home lake and also a ton of Pelicans during the winter. I do know Cormarants destroy trees with there feces and eat the shad but thats about all i've heard about them. 

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heres a good video I found a few months ago searching for bass eating ducks... make sure your volume is up so you hear the strike!

 

 

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