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Where do pond bass go during the winter? Would they go in the shallows or the deep portions in the middle? Kind of a stupid question, but every cast counts!

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In my experience, pond bass are quicker to push off deeper, but if you get a warming trend they are quicker to come shallower and feed. So if on a blustery cold cloudy day I'd start deep, but if you get a warm front, sunshine, and a touch of wind for a couple days I'd say find shallow-ish water with cover where the sun is shining on it and the wind is blowing into it. The sun will warm the small body of water quicker and the wind will help carry the slightly warmer water towards the wind blown side. Last year I had this happen in a small 2 acre pond, I was fishing where they "Should Have" been (deep) but ended up having one of my best numbers days of the year fishing a jerkbait in 5 feet of water right off the dock near a slight drop. I couldn't hardly look at where I was casting because the reflection of the sun off the water was so intense. So my guess was the sun warmed the water slightly and warmed the dock which had the fish staged there and actively feeding on a small bluegill colored jerkbait :) hope this helps

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In my experience at my local pond, Florida to visit the relatives.....:)

 

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1 hour ago, toni63 said:

In my experience at my local pond, Florida to visit the relatives.....:)

 

It would be nice. Are they called snowfish, or do they count in the broad category of snowbirds that includes birds and people? LOL

 

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In the springtime when the bass start to move before the spawn there in the most northern part of the body of water were the sun shines longer so  it’s warmer. I’m thinking they do this in the fall too. But as the temps drop I feel they move to where the PH is the best.

 

when I lost a big bass during the snow flurries she was in the shallow flats. It was cold and I had my insulated hunting gear on.

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My experiences generally agree with CroakHunter. This is exactly where I am right now -first "winter" fishing of the year. I'm editing a video on this right now. And yes, every cast counts -esp in winter.

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how deep of a pond? most places i fish in southeast NY are no more than 6' deep at max depth with an average depth of 3'. the fish can be anywhere at anytime in ponds like this during the winter but ive found that if you can find any grass that hasnt died from the year before chances are you will find fish.

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Finally caught something other than dinks at one of my local ponds. The trick, for today, was a lipless crankbait fan-casting out to deeper water. Multiple bottom lip hooksets. I think they were deeper, but came up vertical to hit the loud bait, causing the lower lip to be nearest me and the bottom lip hooksets.

 

I think with ponds, it will vary from pond to pond depending on the depth and available cover. If it is available, I think they do go deeper.

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I think that once the cold weather sets in the bass move deeper but after a while they will move into area with vegetation. At least that is the way the bass behave in the pond I fish. 

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Hey guys brand new to BR and this is my very first post. I'm glad you asked this question Pro Logcatcher because I'm sure bound until spring when my fishing partner hit the lakes again. There is a small pond near me where I caught my PB LM that I will be fishing over the winter. According to the owner the pond is 15 deep at the deepest so I got my work cut out for me.

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Pond bass in the ponds I fish love to sulk around cover close to deeper water during the winter months. Others will hang out in the deepest portion and move up shallower during warming trends. A couple warm days during winter months makes them pretty active in my experience. 

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Where I live in SC things are just starting to cool off a bit. Daytime temps are in the mid 60's and it gets down to the mid 40's at night. And right now what matters most in my area is not where the fish might be hiding, but time of day. I've caught fish between noon and 2:30 or so, but after that not even a single bite. When they do bite it's in both the shallows (2 ft) and deeper water (10-12 ft).

 

So perhaps they are more active when the sun is high. One caveat is that I have not fished in the mornings this fall. I may have to try that time period when my son finishes his fall baseball tournaments. In the meantime, when I fish I'll stick to midday until the bite stops.

 

 

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I fish several ponds in the winter. One of them is huge and has depths better than 20'. Fish get deep and really hard to find there and sometimes you fish for hours for one bite. But it might be a big ol' bass. Few dinks caught there in the winter. Then I have some shallower bowl-shaped ponds I fish. In a warming trend, if you see smaller fish and minnows swimming around the edge bass will usually shallow-up in the afternoon. But they won't get far from deeper water because they're going right back when the sun gets low or it cools off.

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each pond is different up here when the ice is on the ponds i usually fish near trees  and structure for bass, on pond i ice fish is 10 feet deep but i catch all the bass along the shore near the downed trees. but another pond also 10 feet, ive caught bass scattered throughout. middle of the pond near the shore, near shoreline trees!  

id fish jerkbaits and jigs!!  i caught my first 7lbser on a finesse jig in march, pond was half covered with ice. it was a cold day, cloudy, snow on the ground, the fish was in 3-4 feet of water under a big tree.  
best bet would be to find a dam, not a big hydropowered dams but the dams you see on old mill ponds.  the deepest water is usually there. ive had luck in february fishing jerkbaits in these spots.

my favorite winter time places are small pond with deep clear water. up here in MA we have kettle hole ponds, made by the glaciers, only spring fed no inlets or outlets.  these places are deep 20 feet plus, small and clear water. awesome winter spots!  you can find the fish pretty easily and dont have to waste time in dead water.  great for a yak angler with no fishfinder like  my self. give me a depth map and im allset.
these places are hair jigs, blade baits and small plastics on light jig heads!  

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  I was ice fishing in a small shallow  pond about 8 foot deep   and bored holes in the deepest section and caught none . I went to some shallow shoreline  brush and caught a few . 

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Jerkbait, lipless, blade bait, finnesse or hair jig, roll the credits...

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In the winter, sometimes it's more about the temperature of the water rather than the depth of the water. 

 

Prime example - Got a creek that runs into the pond that's bringing in water that's warmer than what the pond is? I bet you the fish are congregated in that area. Have an area of the pond that has wood/stumps/docks in it? Items like this hold in heat from the sun, and are usually a degree or two warmer than the rest of the pond/lake and will hold fish. 

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spring holes also help! they are a constant degree, up here the ground water is around 50. 

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This past weekend, small pond fishing in the early morning, 7am-9am. It was about 60 degrees for most of the morning, no clouds. I was using the 2 inch pogy swimbait by powerbait. I was pitching and flipping into grass, rods and cover in shallow areas. They destroyed the swimbait. try going small or finesse 

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