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Hey, I find everytime this blue sign saying "Pesticide Treated Water, don't swim etc.." the bass tend to stop biting. Is this just me? Or do others find this to be the truth also? Now, the sign stated they added the pesticides Sept 19th, I usually find it takes a solid 7 days or a good rainfall or two before the bassin picks up again.

Whats you guys experience when pesticides are added? If the fish seem to stop hittin for you also during this, how long do you find it takes before the effects of the pesticides wear off?

By the way, keep in mind these are small ponds/lakes im referring to.

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Hi , BassFishingMachine...My father lives in Medford Nj around the medford lakes area. We fished them one night(several different ponds) that had signs stating Pesticide Treated Water. We caught some very nice fish on buzzbaits and worms ignoring the fact. Anyways, for one...the locals are very foolish for spraying this late in the year  as the weeds will be dieing soon anyway, thats actually a shame. Im not sure how bad pesticide treatment affects bass behavior but what you and i both know is that the bass haven't gone too far as long as you dont see them floating on the surface. If your not getting bites I would recommend downsizing to finesse worms, 4 inch senkos, etc and fish tightly to any cover/structure you can find.

p.s what lake and town is this?

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Herbicides are Pesticides by the way they are classified, but pesticides are not herbicides

figure that one out

Amston Lake in CT used to lower the water to kill weeds in the winter but some peoples wells were going dry so they don't do that anymore.

They want to spray but it keeps getting voted down.  Thankfully.  I've heard of fish kills due to this.

Now the lake is very weedy--its great for bass

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Who cares about its classification? What chemical was used? Trade name or chemical name will be fine.  Once you know that tidbit, anyone can look iti up and find both empirical and anecdotal evidence that supports or debunks fish kills.

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I live in a community that sprays for bugs, and fertilizes for weeds etc.   The bass in my pond are plentiful and healthy if not huge, but I wouldn't eat one.

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I've been fishing a small community pond for the past 2-3 years now. Last year, they sprayed the pond once early in the year. Fishing was tough for about two weeks but after that, I faired pretty well the rest of the year. This year, they have upped the amount of treatments on the pond (somewhere around once every 4-6 weeks) and fishing has been extremely tough this year! Last year, I'd put a pattern together rather quick and be able to manage several double digit (numbers not weight) days in a 2-3 hour outing. Sadly, this year, I consider it moral victory if I catch 5.  :(   So it seems to shut the bass down when they treat the pond I fish.

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The town I fish, which has several decent ponds uses a spray once or twice a year to kill off "unwanted" weed growth. They say that residents around these ponds that are in heavily residential areas with houses right on the pond the weeds are a nuisance and that birds get trapped in them and die, and they use an example of when some guy ran into one of the ponds after a soccerball unable to swim and he got caught in some weeds and drown. As awful as that may be, no one thinks of how the weed kill off will affect the fish/fishing.

One of these ponds, which I fished my first Derby when I was 12, used to have lush lily pads all around the peremeter of the pond. Now in the summer the lily pads are patchy and most are brownish. There is a lso a lot of dead brown grass floating around all the time in the ponds they spray.

Another case of man trying to play God. People shouldn;t be swimming in shallow weedy ponds, that's what the beach is for. Enjoy the pond for its uses, fishing, conoeing, kayaking...

I guess I could understand if this was a large populated Lake with recreational boating and swimming being a main activity. It would make sense to kill of dangerous weeds that could harm swimmers, but these are small comunity ponds that should be left alone to thrive and maintain themselves. If the community wants to take any action, they should start with a pond clean up. I was fishing a couple weeks ago at the pond I was talking about, and the shoreline is littered with trash from empty soft drink cans, alcohol containers, empty chips bags, plastic shopping bags, a couple shopping carts...it's a shame that people treat natural resources like that

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