How to Catch Bass in a Pond? [Quick Guide]

How to Catch Bass in a Pond

Fishing in ponds can be great.

Many ponds are easily accessible and small, so you can use any opportunity you have to go fishing, even if you have just a few hours to spare.

Many anglers enjoy fishing for bass, but to catch it in a pond, you will have to adjust your technique a bit.

Firstly, you will have to find a suitable location, then study their diet, choose the best baits and adjust to a certain time of the year.

Here I am going to explain how to catch bass in a pond, in the following chapters:

Where do Bass Hang out in Ponds?
What do Bass Naturally Eat in Ponds?
What is the Best Bait to Catch Bass in a Pond?
What Colors to Use to Catch the Pond Bass?
What is the Best Time of Day to Catch Bass?
Where do Pond Bass Go in the Winter?



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Where do Bass Hang out in Ponds?

To catch a fish, first you have to know where to look for. And this depends on a year time.

During spring, many anglers go to ponds to catch a bass, because smaller bodies of water will warm up faster than large lakes.

Bass reacts to water temperature, and will become active sooner than in those larger waters.

Lakes are shallow, have no currents, and their shoreline parts will warm up quickly. So, if you are searching for bass in a pond in spring, try in shallow water, up to 6ft deep. Bass will come there to feed.

Try to present your bait at almost any shallow place. During first warm days, bass will be in the shallow, close to the deeper part, while after a few warm days, they will spread to all the shallows.

Present your bait near the covers, such as weed, overhanging and sunken trees or piles of rock, any you will not go wrong.

Later in spring, during summer, and through the beginning of fall, you should search the bass in the shallow early in the morning, when the sun is not high.

As the day, and water gets warmer, you should move to the deeper water. During winter fishing for bass, you should do the opposite.

What do Bass Naturally Eat in Ponds?

These opportunistic feeders will eat almost anything they see.

Naturally available bass food in ponds includes the following:

• Crayfish
• Baitfish like bluegills, shad, crappies and similar species
• Lizards and frogs

If they have the opportunity, they will eat different worms, very small snakes, or even a hatched bird that falls into the water ... 

The one thing bass don’t eat is vegetation.

As you can see, their diet is very diverse. When bass is feeding, it is usually lurking from covers, and bites the prey when the prey suspects nothing. That is the reason why bass anglers search for bass around covers.

Additionally, their diet depends on their size.

Smaller specimens will eat small prey, while big ones will usually eat bigger creatures, although they will occasionally eat the smaller prey too.

Bass will mostly feed during dusk and dawn. They need their sight to spot the prey, so they need some light. However, lower light conditions enable them to surprise their prey. This does not mean that you won’t be able to catch bass during other times of the day, it will just be a bit harder.

What is the Best Bait to Catch Bass in a Pond?

When thinking about how to catch bass in a pond, you should start with choosing a bait.

There are a few options that will work best in certain conditions.

During spring, when bass becomes active and starts to feed aggressively, spinnerbaits are going to be very useful. Pick a smaller one, because bass may still be a bit lazy.

Move the bait just below the surface around and over covers, where bass is lurking. You can even hit a few obstacles to mimic an injured fish.

In the early spring, don’t go too fast.

As water warms up more and bass become really active, you can use the same bait, just reel it at higher speeds. Good thing about spinnerbaits is that you can let them sink deeper, and even reach the bottom in shallow areas, to present it right in front of the bass.

Shallow to medium crankbaits are a great option too. Especially during later spring and summer.

Another good option is using thin minnow plugs. If the pond is small, you have to downsize your baits.

Top-water lures can be used, but make sure you choose more quiet ones, not to spook the fish.

It is hard to choose just one bait option. Have a few available and change on a spot. Adjust to the specific location and situation.

How to Catch Bass in a Pond - Baits and Lures

What Colors to Use to Catch the Pond Bass?

When choosing a color, try to choose in accordance with water color.

If the water is dark and murky, use bright ones, while in clear water, go with natural tones.

Bright yellow, orange, red, or even some crazy combination of colors is great for muddy water.

If fishing in clear water, try to use white, blue, light grey, and similar ones.

Another thing you should try to do, is to match your lure color with natural baitfish color. Bass is used to seeing it and won’t get suspicious.

That is one of the reasons that there is no “best” color. The best one is the one that is most suitable for a given location.

The same rule is applicable to any type of lures, not just those mentioned in the previous chapter.

The only exception is when fishing in some specific circumstances.

For night bass fishing, many anglers will actually use dark lures.

You may think that is crazy and that bright colors are going to be more visible but the theory behind this is that darker colors will have more distinctive profile when bass is looking at them from below. Water surface will be brighter and the lure silhouette will be quite visible.

Another exception is using top-water lures.

No matter the water color, use darker ones in low light conditions such as dusk and dawn and brighter ones during day.

What is the Best Time of Day to Catch Bass?

The best time of day to catch bass in a pond will depend on the time of year.

When the water is still cold after winter, and the shallows are just starting to warm up, bass is going to be there during warmest parts of the day, which is after midday.

When temperatures rise and the bass becomes normally active, the best time to fish for bass is early in the morning or later in the evening.

Around dusk and dawn, bass will naturally feed and you will have the best chance to present your bait and make a hungry bass eat it.

These are some general rules when the skies are clear.

If you are fishing during a very cloudy day, when natural light is reduced, you can actually fish during the whole day.

Clouds will block sunlight, and low-light conditions are going to be very similar to those in dusk and dawn.

Where do Pond Bass Go in the Winter?

During winter, bass tend to go deeper in the pond.

In deeper areas, water temperature is more constant, and there are no fluctuations.

Because small ponds warm up quicker, you can fish for bass during winter, at least on warmer days.

To be successful, cast towards the middle of the pond.

Try to feel up the bottom to locate any kind of covers where bass could be. They are going to be lazy and probably wont hunt actively, so you need to bring your bait to bass.

Everything mentioned here about how to catch bass in a pond are some general lures.

They depend on a pond size, depth, weather conditions, and even local climate. To successfully locate pond bass in winter, you will have to study your local pond a bit.

One of the clues that bass are in the deeper areas is lack of baitfish in the shallows. If there is no baitfish, bass has no reason to swim to the shore.

When casting that far, try not to use heavier baits like you would usually do and stick with the smaller ones, no matter the lure type.


Catching bass in a pond has many benefits.

It is quite easy to locate them, area is small so you can change locations, and the fishing season starts earlier because small and shallow bodies of water will warm up fast.

When thinking about how to catch bass in a pond, keep in mind that you should keep it simple and follow some general rules.

Experienced anglers are aware of the fact that what worked today may not work tomorrow, so they always have a backup plan, at least when we talk about lures.

And remember, ponds are small and bass can see and hear quite far. Keep the noise at a minimum level and try to sneak around.

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