Pond Fishing VS Lake Fishing – Q&A with LakeForkGuy

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In this video, we are answering the question of fishing lakes versus fishing ponds for bass. You guys sent in questions on how to approach both of these types of fishing and I tried to answer as many as I could. I could go on all day about bass fishing! We also go through the best lures to fish in both lakes and ponds and what makes bass fishing different in ponds or lakes.

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22 thoughts on “Pond Fishing VS Lake Fishing – Q&A with LakeForkGuy

  1. What do you consider pond and lake. I fish a 122 acre 40ft and the call it's a lake in the name. But I think you mean lake as very large. Or does everything still apply because of depth

  2. Can you come to New Jersey and fish ?? I swear it has to be the hardest place to freakin catch bass haha. I can only do fishing from the banks because I have no boat but the majority of jersey bass fishermen fish from the banks and it's so freakin hard. AND I HATE IT!!!! Haha. Hey if you do come out east maybe I can tag along and you can teach me to catch more fish in jersey. Which I swear is the hardest place to fish. Maybe you could even make a video of the lake I fish regularly to see if I'm doing anything wrong or tips for the standard regular type of guy fisherman, who doesn't have access to a boat, or kayak.
    Thanks brotha keep up the awesome work love the videos.

  3. You may already have a video out about this but I seem to struggle wrapping my head around all the different rods and reels and which baits to use on each rod. I may put too much thought into it. Here is a list of my rods. Some are hand me downs from my grandpa…. Which baits do you recommend on each rod?

    7" St croix med heavy power fast action bait caster

    7" St croix med power fast action spinning reel

    6'6 bass pro medium heavy action bait caster

    6'6 med heavy action

    5'6 browning speed stick

  4. I disagree with structure being the same game in lakes vs. ponds. It depends a lot on how the pond was created. If you are talking about natural ponds (be they deep potholes in a marsh, backwaters seasonally cut off from a larger body of water, or smaller glacial lakes), then you are correct. These waters often have the same structural features as lakes, just on a smaller scale.

    Man-made ponds are often a totally different animal, structurally speaking. These include primarily farm ponds and stock tanks, as well as many old gravel pit ponds. Most of these ponds consist of two basic structural zones – the shoreline and the basin. My father had one of these beauties (humor) dug and I stocked it for him; primarily with bass and bluegills. The shoreline zone, where all fish spawning seemed to take place, was about eight feet wide. The depth here was about 0-4ft. Then the depth went from 4-7ft. as you got about 3 feet farther from the bank and stayed this depth throughout the rest of the basin. The pond was roughly oval in shape and structurally featureless.

    I observed bass using two basic feeding strategies on this pond. They would roam in small packs parallel to the shoreline and either bust targets of opportunity that crossed their path, or attempt to herd smaller fish to the top, and/or shore, to gorge on them. The distance from shore would vary from fins-out-of-the-water to about fifteen feet out. These groups would often do laps for many minutes to hours at a time.

    At the same time, you would have some bass hunkered down in and next to dense weed cover (the only type of cover present, except shade). These were your basic ambush predators. This, along with my experience on other man-made ponds, has led to the following approach to fishing them. First, make long casts parallel to the bank and at varying distances from it, until you get slightly past that initial steep drop-off and lose sight of the bottom. While doing so, don't hesitate to work pockets of heavier cover or transitions between types of cover. Also, be ready to cast to any signs of feeding bass, such as "nervous water" or jumping baitfish. Any additional structure that you find should also be fished thoroughly – IF you can find any.

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