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Hi Guys,

 

I have three ponds around my house and I am having trouble catching bass in two of them.  I am located in southeast Georgia and of the 3 ponds, 1 is small ( 1 acre), and the other two are bigger ones (about 6-7 acres).  I can catch fish in the small pond with no problem. It water is fairly clear and the fish always seem to bite. The other two are a different story.  I have ok luck in one of them with junebug senko style baits and pearl flukes.  However, none of the fish are over 1 1/2 pounds.  I cant seem to catch anything in the other pond.  Ive tried mojo rig trickworms and baby brush hogs, weighless and t-rigged worms, flukes, poppers, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and nothing is working.  When we went this past Thursday I was thinking that the amount of rain we have been getting may be making a impact but I am not sure.  I start fishing at daybreak and cant catch anything after 930.  I see fish rolling the water so I know they are there I just cant figure out what to throw.  Both ponds have dark water with visibility about 2-3 ft deep.  Both ponds have a lot of grass and vegetation on the bottom.  I just cant figure out why I can catch fish at one, somewhat at another, and then absolutely none at the other.  Any help would be very appreciated.

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They are deep in the grass and cooler water.

 

They hit the shallows to feed in the morning and evening. Otherwise they are probably deep.

 

The small ones you are catching are caused by not harvesting the smaller bass and they are taking over the pond.

 

However, mom and dad are somewhere around.

 

Can you get out into the pond to cast farther in the middle?

 

If you do, it is a requirement you wear a PFD no matter how dumb you look.

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Im having the same problem in a pond area I fish at. Its muddy water with lilly pads. somedays Ill catch a few, other days nothing. Ive used black senkos and ribbon tail worms, texas rigged. Try twitching them with long pauses, it might be a start.

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I have mastered the ponds in my area using a weighted 4/0 hook and UV tightlines bait.  I prefer the senkos best but ive caught them everywhere on everything they make.  Ive found whatever the uv they put in the baits works real well in ponds with even minimal visibility. Also really slow with a pop every now and then to see if anyones on the line

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I've had luck with downsizing line and lures when the bite gets tough, and as stated before natural colors/lures

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I've fished a few ponds with similar descriptions.

 

Fish a black worm, any rig, slow

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I know it's been said already but I recommend fishing deep. There's one pond I fish sometimes and encounter the same problem. Small fish in the shallows, no big ones around.

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If you haven't tried dropshotting with 4 or 6" straight tail roboworms I'd give that a shot.

Set the weight about 6-8" from your bait. Make sure your hook is pointing the right way or your bait won't look right.

The man made lake I fish I used to throw everything at em and I'd only catch one bass if that. When i did throw a dropshot i had the weight set much lower from the bait and it got bit once or twice. Today I caught six all on the dropshot. Deadly way to fish.

The nice thing about dropshotting is that you can experiment with the weight distance to find that sweet spot. Good luck!

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Maybe it is the pond.  There could be an abundance of oxygen and spring water that flow into the pond.  Water

temperatures and depth may be a factor in the other two.  If you get a chance try releasing some bass into the

larger ponds and see if they adapt good.  If the ponds are 6 or 7 acres, a bass may only have a couple of spots

that they are happy with.

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I fish small ponds a lot aswell and I figured out that slow rolling the spinner bait or using the G-splash early in the mournings and late in the evenings.  around when the top water bite stops I switch to the pig n jig or rigging the senko wacky and have had sum really good success.  I know all ponds aren't the same but maybe the approaches could work the same and everyone can catch more fish...

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The bass are probably holding in deeper water on the bigger ponds.  I've read they hold in deeper water during the summer to stay cool.  There's a little reservoir I fish at that I couldn't buy a bite at using any plastic lures (would always get ~ 1 lbers using real worms tho).  Went back the other day, and tried throwing to the middle instead of at cover, and I finally got a solid 2+ pounder.  Took me all summer!

 

Keep at it; I bet they're in there.  You just gotta find where they're hiding.

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