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Tips on what to throw in a small pond during a warm spell?

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Here in my area of the East Coast, it's been into the 40s and 50s the past couple days along with a decent amount of rain over the past week. It stopped raining a couple days ago, and tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 65 degrees and cloudy so I want to get out and see if I can hook into my first bass of the new year. So, I'm looking for some advice! The pond is small, a little less than an acre, with some vegetation throughout the pond and rocks along the south-east bank (here's a picture of the pond in question). But, the west side isn't accessible as it's surrounded by reeds and the ground along that edge is raised up a good 5-10 feet above the water. 

 

What would you guys throw? Anything specific I should look for or do to increase my chances of catching something?

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if you have bluegill swimbaits throw them, either that or a jerkbait and lipless

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Booyah pond magic or similar size spinnerbait. Soft jerkbait or trick worm. 

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Do you know the forage in that pond?

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1 hour ago, Dorado said:

Do you know the forage in that pond?

As far as I can tell it's all various species of bluegill and pan fish.

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The water does not change like the weather.  It's still going to be very cold in the water so using lures for those conditions will be key.  If your shore fishing I would not use the blade bait I normally would recommend as they hang up a lot.  That leaves a small jig think 1/4oz with appropriate trailer or I have had very good luck with Keitech swim baits at these tempratures.  The owner 3/0 weighted hook and 4" swing pimact or easy shiner.  

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3 hours ago, JFlynn97 said:

Here in my area of the East Coast, it's been into the 40s and 50s the past couple days along with a decent amount of rain over the past week. It stopped raining a couple days ago, and tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 65 degrees and cloudy so I want to get out and see if I can hook into my first bass of the new year. So, I'm looking for some advice! The pond is small, a little less than an acre, with some vegetation throughout the pond and rocks along the south-east bank (here's a picture of the pond in question). But, the west side isn't accessible as it's surrounded by reeds and the ground along that edge is raised up a good 5-10 feet above the water. 

 

What would you guys throw? Anything specific I should look for or do to increase my chances of catching something?

We r in the same boat here. I’m also fishing a pond tmrw. Hopefully tmrw is my first fish of the year. Really enjoying this weather. My plans r jerkbait, finesse worm,lipless. 

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Another planning to fish a pond tomorrow here lol. I'm gonna be focusing mostly on jigs since I need practice with them anyway. May run a few shakey heads too. Water here is a little warmer than what you have though.

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Spinnerbait, lipless crank, suspending jerkbait would be my baits of choice. Toss in a jig if the moss and dead leaves aren't bad.

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For this time of year, finesse is king IMO and having finesse type gear would be the ultimate investment for ponds like these. The southern end appears to have the shallower portions, judging by the map. I would imagine that the water would be warmer than the northern end with those steeper banks transitioning  into deeper water.

 

 I would concentrate in the southern portion, especially favoring those rockier areas, and throw a green pumpkin Ned Rig. Use the lightest shroom head possible  Fish it like a shakeyhead and almost dead stick it. Few rod twitches in between moving it a foot or two. Just be slow and methodical. Use 6# line. 

 

Next, fish a weightless wacky rigged 4” Green Pumpkin w/ Black Flake Senko. Try to cast that as close to reeds as possible. You want it to descend as slowly and seductively as possible. Use 6# line. 

 

Lastly, a 3” Kalins Grub In Ron’s Craw or  3” Berkley Power Grub In Pumpkin Seed on a light jighead. Slow roll that by deploying casts parellel to shore. I like the Keitech Easy shiner and Swing Impact suggestion too from the previous response.  Good luck! 

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  Beetle Spin's work real well  pond fishing early in the season .

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5 hours ago, Dorado said:

Ned Rig.

This ^

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I live on the East Coast and lately I’ve been catching some pretty good ones in this muddy water around shallow cover with a black and blue Colorado spinner bait!

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9 hours ago, scaleface said:

  Beetle Spin's work real well  pond fishing early in the season .

Beetle Spins are my favorite lures to throw at slab crappie when they spawn in the shallows and I catch so many largemouths that way

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I like to use a yellow curly tailed grub on a weighted jig head when pond fishing warm weather. It fools almost every bass that sees it. I usually use a steady retrieve, but when that doesn’t work I like to jig it up and down. 

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