The particular one acre pond that I fish most of the time has very little cover. There is absolutely zero hardcover except for the piping that manages this place's great circulation, and the trenches that were laid for the pipes. The circulation is so good, that I'm surprised it has a decent population of threadfin despite its size. There is grass that grows sparingly as well, as the lake is dyed with a biodegradable compound which reduces how much sunlight can penetrate the water. Other city ponds around me already have a thick muck of all sorts of grass and slime, while this one has a very reduced amount.
There is current at this place, produce by a circular design of water pumps that dispel water in a key location that recirculates the entire lake.
The bass fishing? Not so bad! Some good days, some bad days, but I've become friends with a lot of the locals, so when the bite isn't that good, we're always shootin' the $hit. Im there pretty much every day, since I take my lunch break there, since I WFH.
And, this place is pressured. These fish have seen it all, and I've told people that if they can catch fish here, they will be able to go to our larger lakes and have success.
Anybody else fish a large concrete swimming pool with bass that get a lot of pressure? Do you seem to change your approach from what you would normally fish at a larger more natural lake? Any weird baits or patterns that have given you success?
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Many people fish it. Ultra clear water and the fish have seen it all. I struggled at first coming from Northern Michigan where trout streams are abundant and little pressure in most.
I had to refine my approach. I stood far back from the bank and casted tiny spoons. I started hooking up right away. I think the thin line mixed with standing far back made it a success.
It isn't the same as what you are after but, sometimes just minor tweaks are needed. Tiny topwaters would probably work. Don't be afraid to work lures like small jerkbaits slow then erratic. Could either draw an eating bite or, possibly a reaction strike.
It's funny that the old adage of, "95% of the fish live in 5% of the water" holds true pretty much anywhere.
It's been a better part of 2 years since I started fishing this place. Largest fish has been a 7.2, that ate a JDM bladed jig. Second largest has been a 6.8, and it ate a small Texas rig. Putting in time makes all the difference.
There is quite a variety of forage at this place, including threadfin. Depending on the time of the year, they'll wolf pack and chase forage. Whether it be the shad, or the fry that they seem to be focusing on this time of year. The cannibalizing that occurs at this place is pretty high as they seem to be eating bass fry. It becomes difficult for the post spawn simply because the fish seem to be roaming, instead of sticking to the man made structure that they usually sit on during other times of the year.
I wish this place had more crayfish. It would definitely help out and provide the fish another food source
Then, we had a drought, and 3 out of the 5 ponds had no water at all. The two ponds that I mostly fished were completely dry. That really sucked. So, I started fishing another pond in a park, about 20min from my home, again 6 days a week in mornings. That pond had a lot more pressure (and, bigger bass), and I had to use my spinning tackles. I got to know a few kids there, because we fished there a lot.
Then, the pond had some water problems, and they didn't allow us to fish there anymore. So, I went back to a lake, where I fished since the 90s, and never looked back. Ponds fishing was easy, just go there and start fishing, but I just didn't like to see no water in the ponds, very sad, or they didn't let us fish there anymore. Just thought about those kids I used to see. They were too young to drive, so I'm not sure where they went to fish, when we couldn't fish the pond.
So, my story of pond fishing is kind of sad. I don't want to feel the same way, so I don't go to ponds anymore. I wish I could find a new good pond to fish around my new house, though.
Some people fish Lake Ontario from shore or on the small islands short ferry ride away and have success. Have seen big northern pike and carp getting caught this way.