How to Find and Catch BIG Bass in Small Water
Finding the Right Water
There are so many great bodies of water around locally that you may have some in mind! However, take a look at your state’s official natural resources website for complete lists and maps! That may be the easiest! Secondly, check Google Maps and Google Earth for some hidden gems often too small to be registered with the state. Be sure they are not privately owned before scouting on foot! If they are, politely asking to fish the property goes a long way. Remember that you will be a guest, and treat it as if you are stepping foot into someone’s home for the first time!
How to Fish It
The pond or small lake may be small enough to cast the entire pond, or large enough to require a boat. Small float tubes, rigid inflatables, or small jon boats are great tools for differently sized small bodies of water, but regardless, small waters are great for anglers with little time. Most often, focusing on shallow water structure is a great place to start when fishing small water for bass. Tree laydowns or garbage cans/tires dumped into the water make great bass hunting grounds or refuge. Finding weed beds and grass lines are also a great place to try your hand at finding pond bass.
Lure Selection for Small Water
Jigs with soft plastic trailers, stick worms, tubes, and spinner baits are great choices for small lake and pond bass. This covers the majority of retrieval paces you will need, and also the profiles needed to catch bass. In-line spinners are a great choice that take loads of bass out of ponds, but remember to diversify your blade baits. I like texas rigging a structure bug as well. I lightly weight the bait, and use a slower spinning rod to swim the bait like I am covering water with a crankbait. This works well in clear shallow water because the bass can see the bait, and also feel the flapping of the appendages.
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