Ponds are an excellent place to fish for bass, mainly because of the variety of vegetation available for them to make habitats, and the wide array of insects and small fish for them to eat. Although it is possible to catch bass in any season on a pond, each season presents different challenges and things to be mindful of. Consider what month offers the right fishing environment for you!
It’s tough going in the winter if you are not one for taking lengthy preparations. If you live in an area with a harsh winter, get ready to gear up, not only with your fishing equipment, but also with some serious cold-weather clothing and even a fishing shack. The bass will definitely be less active in the winter, but it is still possible to get some while ice fishing. Remember that bass love to lurk near habitat-oriented environments, like rocks in the water. This is a good place to start when drilling your holes.
As things thaw out, the bass will become more and more active, but, like in winter, it can be slow going in the spring. Knowing what kind of environment the fish will crave is key, and drop-offs can be a good jumping-off point as well as areas of high vegetation or structures like rocks under the water. Minnows are a safe baitfish in any season, but in the spring they may be the difference between getting the fish interested and going home empty handed.
This is the warmest and perhaps most productive time to fish for bass. In the summer when small bodies of water get hotter, the fish are full of energy, often coming to the surface of the water for insects and other prey. You can take advantage of their activity by using crickets or other shallow water baits to entice them. A good thing to keep in mind is that, although they are more active, they are also warmer, and will seek out the cooler areas of the water. Shady areas are great to fish in during the warm months, and there is nothing like night fishing to get some bass in the warm summer waters.
Fall is an excellent time of year to hunt for bass because the race to beat the cold weather is on! In this time of year fish are very active, trying to fatten up before the water freezes, leaving them with fewer options. They are a bit frenzied and ready to bite, which can really work to your advantage.