Best Lures for Pond Fishing Without a Boat

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Discover the top lures for effective shore fishing in ponds with limited cover. Learn from Glenn's expert advice on choosing the right lures based on water clarity and lack of cover. Understand what works in clear to stained water, and why some baits are perfect for murky conditions. Get tips for maximizing your fishing success from the shoreline.

Glenn: And it probably was … There we go. All righty. Yeah, little buck bass. We'll take it. Little jig. They're fun, they're fun, I'll tell ya. Boom.

Glenn May: Okay, here's a question from a young angler who doesn't have a boat, so he fishes from the shoreline.

"Glenn, what lures would you choose to fish in a pond that doesn't have a whole lotta cover?"

Well really, there's a couple of things I consider when I'm shore fishing. One of 'em is casting distance and the other is water clarity and available cover. If the lake doesn't have a lot of cover and the clarity is relatively clear to murky or, eh, let's say just stained, I would first pick like a lipless crankbait because, with a lipless crankbait, you can vary the depth at where your fishing. So it adds a lot of versatility to it and you can cast those a million miles. Right? You can cast 'em really far, or you can underhand cast short. So, you can make a lot of casts to targets as well. So it's a very versatile bait to be fishing in those conditions.

If the bass aren't willing to chase down a lure in that clear to stained water, then I would fish something like a YUM Dinger, you know a soft plastic jerk bait. That's a type of thing I would be throwing, maybe a fluke, something like that, and you know, fish it a lot slower methodically over the tops of weeds or near cover or near ambush points such as if there's a stump or a rock or something like that nearby the fish might be hanging out on.

If the water is murky, and the visibility isn't all that much, or if it's got a lot more weeds in it, then I'd pick something like a spinnerbait that has Colorado or Indiana blades on it. I like to fish 3/4-ounce spinnerbaits because of two things, well, primarily because of speed. I can fish it really fast and I can boil it just under the surface where I'm just bulging the water, not breaking the surface, or I can fish it a lot slower and slow roll it right near different cover. In addition, because of the weight, I can fish throughout the water column. So again, it makes it more versatile.

So, those are really the three main lures that I'd always have with me when I'm shore fishing in the pond.