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Farm Ponds done for the season?

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Hey, are farm ponds w/ depths of about 10-15 feet done for the season? I don't know about this, but it's been said that as temperature of the water decreases, the bass go deeper into the water to seek warmer water there and they won't eat until pre-spawning period.

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i've been meaning to find this out for myself as well.  I mainly fish my uncles 16 acre farm pond, but have not been in 3 weeks.  i need to get down there soon.

Jason

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If not now, soon.  I posted in the end of season thread, that I am usually guided by the Koi in our pond.  It's about 5.5 ft at it's deepest.  They stopped eating yesterday evening.

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Here in NC the pond bass are still hitting my lures. Although it is getting slower and slower. I went down to the pond for about 30 mins the other day and caught a 2lber and had a few nibbles. I'm going back again tomorrow. I'll see what happens. Weather here has been wierd. One day we'll have lows in the 20's and highs in the 50's, next day it will be lows in the 50's highs in the 70's.

I'll stop for the season when I see Ice.....or maybe I'll just go out all winter for the peace and quiet ;):P ;D

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I don't care what anyone says. LBH is right. As long as you can physically fish, you can catch fish. Fish still have to eat to survive in the winter. They don't eat as much because their metabolism slows down quite a bit, but they still eat. They also don't move all that much unless it is to move to warmer water...water that is even a single degree warmer. Find the fish...then fish painfully painfully slooooooooooow.

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i have been doing well in Va.  i cant catch em on any fast moving lures but a jig or senko worked very slow has still been productive.  im deadsticking the senkos for 20 sec. or so, something i got away from doing during the summer.

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I live in MO and this past weekend I caught my PB in a farm pond on a lipless crank. The fish felt like I was draging in an old tire he was so cold but none the less he still went after my bait. BTW it went 6lbs 8 oz in a pond that wasn't more than a couple acres big. My wife also caught a 4lber the same day just minutes before me on the same bait. kinda where I got the idea to use that type of bait :)

Any way farm ponds not quite done in my area i don't think they ever really shut off though unless you get ice over them.

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NJ & NE, no ice----FISH! I caught my personal best (at the time), an 8# 12oz. bass in a small farm pond in Otoe County, Nebraska on Valentine's Day in '88' by dragging a jig n pig across the ice and letting it fall to the bottom. Bass eat all year, just not as much in the colder water. We also used to catch bass through the ice when I lived up there. So keep fishing!!!

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No! Winter time bass tend to stay near the deeper parts of a pond in winter,i've

caught 20-30 bass in one spot with jig and pigs.My largest 9 1/4 pounder came in november

at 40 degrees wind out of the north on a #2 mepps aglia with gray squirrel tail.

Also remember in winter if the temps raise say 10 degrees during the day fish the

sunny side of the pond,look for rocks,gravel,clay  which will heat faster than moss

covered bottoms.

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I think you can fish year around, too. The bite is usually slower on the ponds I fish, but there are still a few. Oddly, there seems to be a tendency for the bass to school up and become more concentrated in certain spots when the weather is cold. If you can find one bass, there are usually several more holding on the same structure.

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I think you can fish year around, too. The bite is usually slower on the ponds I fish, but there are still a few. Oddly, there seems to be a tendency for the bass to school up and become more concentrated in certain spots when the weather is cold. If you can find one bass, there are usually several more holding on the same structure.

This is true, especially on small ponds.  The deepest areas are limited and there's not a lot of space.  They bunch together in this environment.  

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pond fishing in ohio is still good. all i fish is farm ponds and gravel pits.all year long.caught my best bass last year in decenber.this year caught a 5.5lber 1st of febuary.so dont let the cold keep you in,my buddys say i am crazy for bass fishing  in ohio in the winter .i say crazy like a fox  

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