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So, I was on my way home from a big lake today and stopped by this smaller lake. How would you guys fish this/lakes with similar type stuff on the top? Also, if I see this on a large body of water; is it a good idea to fish it? 

 

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There was no defined bottom, it was all hydrilla/milfoil. Still having trouble telling the difference! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anything plastic, weedless. Toad, stick worm, trick worm, ribbontail worm, craw, beaver, creature, whatever.

 

If you want something specific: Rage toad or Rage Shad, weedless on a 1/8 or 1/4oz weighted hook. Use the MH rod and tie directly to your 30lb braid with a double palomar knot. Cast, buzz it across the top of the slop, past and over the edges.

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I have a pond near me that gets like that I threw a weightless 4 in Yamamoto senko on a 2/0 hook and drag it on top and they would hammer it! Maybe give it a whirl

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I'd have to say a frog. I hate fishing frogs because I can't get the technique down and I never get bites, but that's too weedy for me to mess with.

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Frog, Weightless Fluke, Weightless Senko, pitch jigs, Texas Rigged Trick worms, and if you can punch it.

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I would also use a weedless hook, wacky rig a senko or worm.

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I wouldn't go weightless on a plastic here around those pads. Maybe throw a big weight on one and punch into the pads. either that or a hollow body.

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I wouldn't go weightless on a plastic here around those pads. Maybe throw a big weight on one and punch into the pads. either that or a hollow body.

Missing out then!  One of my favorite baits to throw in to this stuff is a weightless fluke.  Drag it across the top and/or let it fall in pockets.  Caught many fish this way!  Zoom Trick Worms and Stick baits too!

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I would try working the top first with a frog, lizard, or fluke. depending on time of day, or if the sky was overcast, I'd throw a spook Jr, or popper of some kind, in those open pockets of water. If I didn't get anything productive out of that, I would Texas rig, wacky rig weedless, splitshot, or even throw a Texas rigged weighted frog jig underneath that cover.

 

That pond looks a lot like the pond that I caught the fish in my avatar.  A frog was working for bites but they weren't gulping it. i switched to a Spook Jr. in the open water pockets that netted me 5 fish in about 15 minutes, only 1 of them was a dink.

 

TLDR; I would find out what they wanted, and give it to them. :)

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I fish a pond similar to that with a little less junk on the water. Any exposed hooks immediately get a long strand of distusting vegetation....I fish flukes, t-rigged worms and craws, grandebass rattlesnakes, swimbaits, and of course frogs. 

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First thing I would do is find out if I could fish there or not. Then I would throw a frog or a weightless t-rig on the far side. Looks like an island off of that far bank.

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Johnson Silver Minnow spoon will cruise through that vegetation just fine.

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That`s some really great looking cover! T-rigged soft plastics and frogs would be perfect.

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I would try working the top first with a frog, lizard, or fluke. depending on time of day, or if the sky was overcast, I'd throw a spook Jr, or popper of some kind, in those open pockets of water. If I didn't get anything productive out of that, I would Texas rig, wacky rig weedless, splitshot, or even throw a Texas rigged weighted frog jig underneath that cover.

 

That pond looks a lot like the pond that I caught the fish in my avatar.  A frog was working for bites but they weren't gulping it. i switched to a Spook Jr. in the open water pockets that netted me 5 fish in about 15 minutes, only 1 of them was a dink.

 

TLDR; I would find out what they wanted, and give it to them. :)

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Frog on top.

Jigs and Texas Rigs (worms, craws or beavers. Lizards have always only been a spring time thing for me) through the slop and over any hard cover. Don't be afraid to drag weedless plastics and jigs over stumps - you may get crushed as soon as it hits splashes back to the water).

Hit those pockets and edges with topwater.

I've gotten monsters (by PA Standards, anyhow) fishing the same type of ponds. If you've never seen a big largemouth blow up a frog, prop bait, or buzz bait through duckweed, it's incredible.

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Anything plastic, weedless. Toad, stick worm, trick worm, ribbontail worm, craw, beaver, creature, whatever.

 

If you want something specific: Rage toad or Rage Shad, weedless on a 1/8 or 1/4oz weighted hook. Use the MH rod and tie directly to your 30lb braid with a double palomar knot. Cast, buzz it across the top of the slop, past and over the edges.

 

Yes, this guy is right on with rage shad. drag in on the slop like a frog and when you hit open water start reeling and you got yourself a soft buzzbait. The fish in my avatar was caught on one in a swamp hole exactly like this.

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