With the increased costs of travel many anglers are making the most of opportunities closer to home. They often need to downsize their tackle and fish the local rivers and ponds instead of large reservoirs and lakes.

Small ponds that have been developed as the result of mining or road building can host good populations of fish. Some are stocked with fish by the state. Others are stocked as the result of some well meaning, but unknown, wood be biologist. This later practice is not recommended. Stocking is a science. It should only be done after study of the possible ecological effects.

Small lakes generally are less pressured and can provide great action. They present an opportunity to test patterns and build skills. Such lakes provide a chance to read water, practice casting, and choose lures to fit different patterns. They are miniatures of larger bodies of water. The fish behave in the same way as on larger lakes at the same time of the year.

By practicing in a small lake it is possible to learn how to read and interpret readings on a fish locater. These sonar units tell the location of fish and structure are found and how the fish relate to the structure. They also tell when neither is present.

Anglers should maintain a daily diary of fishing trips. By keeping track of the locations and conditions under which he is able to catch fish, fishermen can make a comparison and the data later applied to larger bodies of water.

Since one is downsizing the water used he can also downsize the tackle to fit the situation. Ultralight tackle and small lures work well on small bodies of water. Lures in the 1/32 and 1/64 weight range are good. Most tackle companies now make downsized versions of their most popular lures. They come in handy when fishing downsized waters.

It is important for the angler to be flexible in his approach to fishing. He must be willing to change patterns in response to the fickle moods of the fish.

One thing to remember when exploring a new body of water is that fish are not generally too far from their food source. They will be in cover near such food sources as aquatic insects, crayfish, minnows and other small edibles. Small baits seem to be best as the fish are accustomed to feeding on small critters in small bodies of water.

Fishing allows one to study the habits of bass in hope of learning their next move. Successful anglers learn where fish are to be found and why they are there. Bass activity is pretty predictable from season to season and during different parts of the day.

Bass relate to structure such as: vegetation, blow downs, abandoned docks and other things in the water. Fish are cold blooded and as such have to regulate their body temperature by moving in and out of the sunlight and different temperature areas in the water. This is true regardless of the size of water area.

An angler fishing a new body of water will do well by dropping his bait into the edges of pools and near structure.

In order to be successful as a bass angler, either tournament or pleasure, one must practice. Often that practice time is shortened by either travel or waiting at a crowded boat ramp. If you can find a small lake closer to home more quality practice time is available to you.


Posted 06/13/2011 by Donald Gasaway in Freshwater Fishing

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