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Does anyone know why fish will bite in one pond and not another one just a  short distance away?

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Does anyone know why fish will bite in one pond and not another one just a  short distance away?

There is no one reason, but at least for my ponds, yes.

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I don't know about ponds, but two lakes that I fish regularly are connected by a short channel and are as different as night and day when it comes to fish catchability.  They have the same avg. depth, structure and cover so I know that's not the reason.  Actually, I don't really care as long as I'm catching in one or the other.  If I tried to figure out why fish do what they do when they do it, I don't think I'd enjoy the sport as much.

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Water temp, water color, forage type, forage available, pressure, depth, size, number of fish in the pond, different types of fish in the ponds, etc. etc. etc. I am sure there are many factors, those are just a few off the top of my head.

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Although weather conditions can be similar, overall conditions can be totally different. The cover and structure situations in both ponds can be different. As already stated forage species can be different as well. Pressure and available cover can cause fishing to be different as well.

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Pretty much all of the above is true. I mostly fish ponds/retention ponds, and if I've learned anything, it's that nothing is consistent in ponds. I guess pretty much all of fishing is not 100% consistent. Sure there are patterns and factual truths, but even those can be skewed.

 

Weather, presssure, temp, presentation, diet, equipment, etc. are all variables that can change and cause differing results. As fishermen, we strive to acclimate to these variables the best we can, which in turn puts us in a higher likelihood of catching a finned creature in the water.

 

But yes, in ponds, it's pretty common for their behaviors to completely change from one body to another.....it's quite frusturating. There are a few ponds I do alright in, then there's one I fish, that I almost never catch a thing, yet another guy I know does pretty well in it. So it's just knowing a body of water and it's patterns, cover, structure, and food chain.

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Maybe they want something else. Bigger or snaller baits. Rattles no rattles. Try slowly thumping square bill in there or a small senko. Have you checked the water temp?

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In normal lakes, there are so many variables from one body of water to another it is hard to pinpoint one reason. Here in south Florida all our bodies of water are almost all connected to south florida water management system of pumps, flood gates, and canals. When they start the huge pumps every body of water drops or rises depending on the direction of the flow. We get a more consistant blend of water from different areas if they are connected.

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I think others have already about covered everything........the conditions of each pond, ect.

 

So all I have to offer is:  Maybe the fish in the 2nd pond just finished a big dinner and aren't hungry?

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They were not my ponds so Ihad no way to check the temp of the water. We guess low to mid 40's. The bass we did catch were very very cold feeling.

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Does anyone know why fish will bite in one pond and not another one just a  short distance away?

 

Fish ESP...

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Good question.  Bass can be almost as unpredictable as women.

 

I fish two neighborhood retention ponds which are nearly a stones throw away from one another (well, maybe a major leaguers throw).  And being dug in about the same fashion with similar depths, you'd think they'd have similar personalities.  Yet one has a pretty predictable buzz bait bite while rarely will I catch a bass that way from the other.

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