If you are a fish enthusiast then you must have tried fishing in ponds, and if not, then you might just be starting out and are wondering how best you can determine if a specific pond has the characteristics needed to catch a big bass.
Well if you are just starting out it would be wise to first establish the number of ponds that are near your location. If possible, using the Google Earth application can be a great resource. Downloading the app can help uncover the local ponds in the area.
However, not all ponds are going to be seen with a great quality for the Google Earth application. You can expect different resolutions with regards to how long the pond has been around based on the water clarity, the weed lines as well as some other features.
These features mentioned above can show the pond’s age and the potential that it could have some fish in it. Therefore, these ponds are higher chances of producing bass, which will be the kind of ponds that you should be fishing.
The essence of using Google Earth is that it allows for you to go back historically in time and check on the characteristics of the pond such as the water clarity and the presence of weeds.
How to know if there are Big Bass in Your Pond
Determining if there is a big bass in your pond shouldn’t be a headache if you already know that the pond is at least a few years old. Better yet, if you recently pulled out some bass from it, then obviously you can expect to get some more bass from the same pond.
Alternatively, you could wait on until springtime, as this is the best time to catch trophy bass fish from ponds. Also, this season causes the big fish to spawn. The bass are more vulnerable during this time as they are actively feeding on small bait fish.
Live bluegill works even better, as you will only need to throw it into the water wait for it to swim around and as it lets off the distressing noise it will inadvertently attract the big bass to the surface of the pond. You will then have to find big bait and attract the bass by putting your bait in the sight of a bass.
Another method to determine if your pond has a big bass is to throw a manns purple jelly worm in the water. Be sure to stay alert, and within no time, you will see the big bass moving stealthily around the pond towards your bait. Once you notice the black-tipped tail, then you can initiate your fishing strategy to get the bass out of the pond. For the best time of day, ensure that you go pond fishing either at dawn or at dusk.
Can you feed Bass in a Pond to make them grow quicker?
Yes, you can feed bass fish in a pond if you want to get a good harvest. This can be done very early in the morning, with fish pellets that have been developed for the trout or the salmon species. The pellets will thus work as a supplement to their natural diet of invertebrates or natural fish.
Bass have the ability to grow to over 20 inches long. The fish are ferocious and love to dominate the pond. It is important to note that if your pond is a well-balanced ecosystem, then you will not need to feed the bass. Bass are active enough to aggressively find their own food.
Sometimes, if you are trying to adjust bass to a new pond, then you will have to feed-train them to start. Always a good idea to feed them the pellets and ensure that the first handful has been eaten before you throw in more in the water. The key idea here is to avoid throwing in food that the fish cannot finish, which will remain and lead to the development of algal blooms.
Feeding can thus be done in the morning and evening. If they don’t consume most of the pellets, don’t be worried. Bass are accustomed to their natural food and will probably be searching to feed on smaller bait fish.
Facts about Bass
Bass generally has a long life span and will spawn in shifts, most of them move to their spawning beds during the new or full moon. Some will spawn after the cloudy weather disappears. And while others are spawning, some are normally in their pre-spawn or post-spawn mode.
The spawning period is usually very long and at this time, you may find them moving in and out of their nests. The fish normally begin to spawn when they are one-year-old, weighing roughly one pound in size. In reservoirs or streams, bass have the capability of reaching at least 6 to 7 inches and begin to spawn at the young age of two.
Under the right environmental conditions, you can certainly catch a lot of bass. They are an abundant fish. The females lay about 3,000 to 30,000 eggs per pound of their body weight. And even more fascinating is the fact that they have a longer life span – exceeding 20 years!
Bass also tends to use almost all of its senses. They use their vision a lot because they have very sharp eyesight. The fish also has a great sense of smell, awareness and touch. When fishing for bass, it is important to remain really quiet, as they are capable of picking up vibrations in water through their nerve cells within their lateral line.
Bass also has an inner ear that they use to pick higher frequency sounds. Their great ability to listen allows them to feed at night as well as in the muddy waters. So, given that bass can reproduce faster, you may feel more comfortable harvesting a few bass from your local pond. Just be sure to never take females that are about to lay eggs. The females can be tagged as essential fish.