Welcome to Apex Fishing Tips, this section of our website is about pond fishing and how to catch fish in a pond. You can find ponds throughout North America and they're the perfect place to catch small to medium size fish. On this web page we're going to teach you how to bigger fish, more often in a pond.
Below you'll find 6 pond fishing tips that will improve your chances of catching fish in a pond. Ponds are small bodies of water that are home to many different species of fish. Ponds are a great place to catch panfish and other popular species of game fish. Continue down below to learn how to catch fish in a pond.
Along with 6 pond fishing tips we give you a detailed checklist of all the fishing tackle you'll need when you go pond fishing. We've also provided you with some amazing pictures of anglers fishing in ponds around the world. If you need more information on pond fishing, you can use the additional resources we've provided at the bottom of this page.
6 Pond Fishing Tips
Ponds can be a gold mine for fishing if you know where to find the fish. Search online for a topographical map of the pond that has depth ranges. This will allow you to find fish throughout the year, especially as they migrate between deep and shallow water due to temperature changes.
Google Maps is a great tool you can use to study a pond. You'll be able to find structures and cover that are access by the shoreline or a dock. Additionally, it can help you find places where you can fish from the shore. The secret is to find locations that aren't heavily visited by other anglers. You may have to get a bit dirty and go through some vegetation to get to a good spot.
The water temperature is important when fishing in a pond. Many popular species of game fish migrate between deep and shallow water based on its temperature. Study the fish species you're trying to catch. Learn what water temperatures they will start spawning in and the optimal temperatures they become active in. This can mean the difference between a successful fishing trip or getting skunked.
Since ponds are on the smaller side, they don't have a wide variety of fish species in them. In fact, some ponds might only have two to three different fish species. Therefore, it's important to look online and see what fish are in the pond you're going fishing in. This will allow you to plan your trip according and ensure you have the right fishing tackle. Some ponds use stocking programs to keep their fish populations healthy. Some stocked fish species, like trout, will easily bite on power bait, while native trout species will ignore it.
Many ponds are catch and release only due to their small size and fish populations. In ponds that do allow you to keep fish there are size limits and creel limits. Size limits are used to define the minimum size of a fish species you're allowed to keep. Creel limits are used to define the total amount of a fish species you're allowed to keep in a single day. Following these limits ensure a healthy fish population for all anglers to enjoy.
Most ponds don't allow boating, kayaks or wading. While it can be tempting to defy these regulations, it can cost you dearly, with a heavy fine, impounded boat and damage to the pond. Since ponds are on the smaller side boats and kayaks can damage the vegetation on the shoreline and stir up sentiment. Damaged vegetation means less food and hiding spots for bait fish and less hunting grounds for large game fish. Stirred up sentiment clouds the water and diffuses light, preventing underwater vegetation from getting its primary energy source.
About Ponds and Pond Fishing
A pond is small area that is contains water and is surrounded by land. There is no official distinction between a pond and a lake. A few scientists say the different between a pond and a lake is light penetration, temperature and wave generation. A pond is shallow enough that light can reach the bottom, doesn't have enough surface area for winds to generate minor waves and has a water temperature is near equal at all depths.
Ponds are a great place to catch fish. Ponds usually host only a few species of fish due to their smaller size. However, if food is abundant some of those fish species can grow to a decent size. Ponds are home to many popular game fish, including bass, bluegills, crappie, perch and trout. Ponds usually don't require a boat or a kayak, all areas and depths can usually be reached from the shoreline.
Pond Fishing Checklist
The below pond fishing checklist has the fishing gear and tackle you might need when fishing in a pond.
Valid Fishing License
Fishing Rod Holder
Hooks (various sizes)
Weights (various sizes)
Lures, Jigs, Power Bait and/or Spoons
Live Bait (worms, minnows, etc.)
Fishing Stringer (unless you catch and release)
Measuring Tape (to measure your fish)
Fish Scale (to weigh your fish)
Needle Nose Pliers
A Clean Towel
Insect Repellent (Scentless)
First Aid Kit
Garbage Bag for Trash
Pond Fishing Pictures
A picture of a largemouth bass caught in a pond. (Credit: Larry Bozka / Flickr)
A picture of a black crappie caught in a pond. (Credit: Maryland DNR / Flickr)
A picture of a few catchfish caught in a pond. (Credit: Keith Sutton / Flickr)