For ponds which is pretty much all I fish anyway, I'll say you can be successful with just about anything except you know something that is ridiculous like say a deep diving crank bait...Lol.
My favs are:
1) Texas rigged 4 or 5 inch yum dinger or senko, weightless, I like watermelon and red flake. One tip I recommend with worms is squeeze down the barb on your hook, bass will swallow them when they take them lightly and it makes removing the hook with minimal damage better.
2) Texas rigged zoom swim fluke jr. I put a small split shot weight on the line in front of the lure, don't squeeze down the barb on the hook just cast it out and slow steady retrieve, I like shad colors.
3) Rooster tails 1/6 ounce and 1/16 ounce and 1/4 can't go wrong as long as the grass or moss isn't bad, these lures hang up easy. All inline spinners are great I definitely prefer them this time of year late summer and all through the fall when the vegetation starts to die off. I like white or silver the most but yellow, chartreuse, pink, fire tiger, black, and so on are all good to have.
4) Shallow cranks also work great in ponds nothing that goes deeper than 2 foot in my opinion I prefer the ones that stay at about 1 foot. I have been using a little minnow sized rapala that catches everything but also like my recently purchased Mann's baby minus 1, Academy's H2O brand has some nice looking shallow runners that look really nice as well.
5) Also had luck with black and blue flake craw fish patterned soft plastics in ponds. Especially the Berkeley Power bait Chigger craws my only gripe is they aren't cheap and they tear up real easy but they have a strong oder and I had a lot a luck with them.
I have more favorites including top water stuff that are fun but these have been my most successful lures to use. Lots of other good suggestion on here as well. The best way to have success is to keep trying. Some days are dramatically better than others. I started off using plastic worms because they are easy to use and they are in my opinion the best thing that will catch bass and then started to try other lures and techniques. Good luck.