Fishing Park Ponds
by Urban Anglers USA
Fishing the urban ponds that are scattered throughout your city and suburbia is one of the most effective ways at finding awesome urban angling spots. It is also a great way to enjoy fishing when local rivers are too high. Take advantage of exploring and looking for new ponds to break the routine of doing the same old thing every time you go fishing.
Pay attention to water color, temperature, vegetation, food sources, rip rap, and any other structural features of the pond that can create a spot where the fish will hold and be feeding.
Water color will determine if you need to sight cast to fish with smooth and accurate casts or if you will need to use a cast and search type of approach in deeper water. Water color will also determine the type of colors your lure or fly will be. If it is darker pond water then you will most likely need something bright in order for the fish to pick up on the bait you are throwing.
Look for food sources. This will determine what type of lures and flies to try at a specific pond. If you can key in on these food sources, it will increase your odds of catching a fish. Minnows or crawdads are strong food sources and can easily be imitated by various crank baits and flies.
Vegetation can provide cover and food sources for fish and they will typically hold in this environment. If you see good vegetation be sure to work above and around it thoroughly. Predators love emergent or submerged grass beds because they can ambush their prey around this structure. It is always a good spot for urban anglers to try on recon missions.
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Urban Anglers USA Lure Recommendations for bass in Park Ponds:
• shad/minnow crankbaits and jerkbaits
• 5″ senkos
• Ned Rig
(please practice catch and release in urban environments to preserve for future anglers )
Urban Anglers USA Fly Pattern Recommendations for bass in Park Ponds:
• Clouser baby smallmouth
• Clouser Crayfish
• Creek Crawler
• Minnow or Shad Patterns
• Class 4 Twister (jig fly)
• Hot Flash Minnow
• Worm Slider Weedless
• Leech and Wooly Bugger Patterns
Please practice Catch & Release in urban settings to preserve these precious resources for other urban anglers.