Pond fishing occurs in the photic zone, where aquatic plants grow above and below the surface.
You don’t have to face the open sea in order to have a fun and successful fishing trip. There is a great variety of underwater life swimming around in your local pond! Sunfish, Bass, Crappie, and Catfish are just a few of the commonly found fish residing in your local fishing hole. Pond fish are homebodies. They like to dwell around structures like fallen logs and submerged stumps, which provide them with shelter and protection. Keep close to the dock; you’ll likely find a school or two calling it their home.
You need to adjust your gear for pond fishing. Although tall rods work well for large bodies of water, when in the pond you should avoid using anything longer than six feet. Your best bet for success is using a fast action, medium-light rod with a spinning reel.
Pond fish are known for their siestas; you won’t have much luck catching them during the heat of the afternoon. Aim for an early morning or evening casting time, when the fish are most active. You also need to make sure you’re courting them with what they want. Pond fish are attracted to sink worms, jigs, and shallow crankbaits. If you know your pond is full of catfish remember to add catfish-specific bait to your tackle box!
Just because the pond is small, doesn’t mean the fishing results can’t be huge. Follow our guide for small-pond fishing success and get your beer-batter ready, because tonight you’ll be having a fish fry!