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#11395870 - 02/06/16 12:41 AM Current Pond Tips!
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I'd like to read your current, general North Texas pond tips you've got...anything!

I'm in the Richardson area...as far as tips--

time of day
baits
what are you trying to catch?
ponds, streams, lake banks
anything, any type of fish, what's working?

...wisdom through asking!

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#11395891 - 02/06/16 01:38 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
pcde123 Offline
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Registered: 05/19/13
Posts: 378
Loc: Texas
large mouth bass?? id say start preparing for a spawn soon, pond bass will always eat anything, but put away the minnow buckets and start using plastics, i use weightless senkos, seriously, pond fishing with a platic 5 inch worm can be amazing

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#11396207 - 02/06/16 09:15 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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Morning time before the traffic gets rough, carolina rig worm and walk the bait back to shore REAL slow. Should slam the bass in ponds with that. If I'm goin to ponds this time of year I'm taking my crappie box out and jigging 2in. 1/16oz. weedless jigs around brush and tree limbs looking for crappie smile

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#11396311 - 02/06/16 10:43 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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Thanks...I hope this turns into 5 pages!

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#11396933 - 02/06/16 06:39 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
ReeceKennedy Offline
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Loc: Dallas
Plastics, plastics, plastics. For bass, my favorite lure is a weightless wacky rigged senko. I also love fishing Texas rigged craws. This time of year I like to keep my presentations slow.
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#11397187 - 02/06/16 08:34 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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Ponds: I've had good luck in winter with my fly rod and crawfish patterns. Late afternoon after 3 warm days. LMB and bluegill.

Creeks: I've been fishing the creeks with my fly rod and size 8 gray/white bead chain clousers. Also my ultralight and 2 inch chartreuse curly tail jigs. Catching crappie, white bass, small lmb, and bluegill.

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#11397241 - 02/06/16 09:00 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
Fisherman13 Offline
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I second the fly rod for bass and sunfish this time of year. Anywhere you find water flowing in a pond like a small water fall or a feeder creek running into the pond. Thats a good spot to try. Fish will be there waiting for an easy meal. Fish are slow this time of year and will also hang in the deepest spots. If the pond had rocks in the shallows fish may hang close as the rocks will heat up in the sun. Also don't over look the concrete culverts and sanitary drains that feed into the pond if one is in the water the fish be inside of them sometimes.

The best tip for (this time of year) is to check the barometric pressure before you go if its relatively low and steady not rising really fast the fishing will be better. Sudden changes in the pressure outside will give the fish a case of the ole lock jaw. I went out about a week or so ago and caught like 20 sunfish a few bass and a crappie. Went back the other day (same spot) and caught 2 small bluegills and nothing else but I saw a bunch of fish they were just ignoring my flies. Checked the barometric pressure and it was 30.35 way up there.
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#11406962 - 02/11/16 01:42 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
msg_f91 Offline
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Registered: 05/01/12
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Time of day: Early morning or a few hours before dark

Ponds or rivers. (if just fishing for fun and not to keep, the trinity in ft worth around university has some good sized bass, crappie, channels, and blues)

I'm guessing each location will be different for what baits to use:
Road Runners
Spinner baits (white/char)
black wacky rigged senkos
Zoom finesse worm (black drop shot or weightless T rigged)
Zoom trick worm (black drop shot or weighted t rigged)
Zoom horny toad (black t rigged and swimmed instead of top water)
square bill crank (char/blue)
chrome trap

have not figured out how to use a fluke effectively yet so still working on them

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#11408496 - 02/11/16 06:20 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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I've used the fly rod for the most part recently.

Although I haven't been able to get out much, I've had some success with bass.

Here are some things I've had some success on the fly rod in ponds for the WINTER:
  • Use a heavier line (not a necessity, but helps get the line down)
  • Use heavy weighted flies (streamers, crawfish)
  • STREAMERS: Red Clousers, red Woolly Buggers, you could also try blue
  • CRAWFISH: Dave's Near Nuff in size 2 (could go bigger)
  • To retrieve, use slow strips across the bottom; the rhythm will vary according to conditions
  • Cast along deep holes, ridges, or any points that drop off

I was lucky enough to pull up a 5 LBer a couple weeks ago using these techniques with a 5 wt, and have caught several other nice ones as well so far.

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#11417567 - 02/16/16 10:57 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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It has not been "Cold," but it's cool in the morning and after sundown, which normally is the best time to fish. What times of day are you cats hitting the banks?

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#11417634 - 02/16/16 11:28 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
musiclife_7 Offline
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Loc: Wylie, TX
I guess I'm different than everyone but this time of year fish are feeding up and staging for spawn. They will eat when it's convenient for them. Spinner baits, jerk baits and chatterbaits will get you fish. If they aren't eating those, change tactics and go slow. Senko, jig, T-rig, C-rig...

Best fishing will most likely be on the eastern sides of the ponds as they get more sunlight throughout the day. Also, the midday hours will produce well as warmest times of the day are from 11-3pm.
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#11417664 - 02/16/16 11:42 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: theflyguy3]
J-Moe Online   content
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Posts: 2605
Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: theflyguy3
I've used the fly rod for the most part recently.

Although I haven't been able to get out much, I've had some success with bass.

Here are some things I've had some success on the fly rod in ponds for the WINTER:
  • Use a heavier line (not a necessity, but helps get the line down)
  • Use heavy weighted flies (streamers, crawfish)
  • STREAMERS: Red Clousers, red Woolly Buggers, you could also try blue
  • CRAWFISH: Dave's Near Nuff in size 2 (could go bigger)
  • To retrieve, use slow strips across the bottom; the rhythm will vary according to conditions
  • Cast along deep holes, ridges, or any points that drop off

I was lucky enough to pull up a 5 LBer a couple weeks ago using these techniques with a 5 wt, and have caught several other nice ones as well so far.


+1 Great post

In the creeks:

The creeks I have been fishing lately have been absolutely on fire. Lake Somerville water temperature is already 60 degrees and the shallower creeks have warmed up even more.

The water in the creeks is extremely clear and presentation has been key. A lighter gray/white bead chain clouser in size 8 has been working fantastic. The slower rate of sink has been key to catching white bass. But I am actually catching more bluegill, crappie and small lmb on many days. I can cast it into a crappie hole and catch crappie on every cast.

Lots of small fish though. The flooding caused and explosion of small bluegill, lmb and crappie on Lake Somerville and it's creeks. It's been a blast.

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#11417731 - 02/16/16 12:16 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
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Registered: 02/04/16
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Loc: Rockwall
I have to agree with the guys talking senkos. I typically Texas rig mine weightless. They've worked really well for me, and they're very low maintenance and snag-free in most any structure/cover. I've heard some people say that the off-brand stick baits don't work as well as Yum Dingers and Yamasenkos, but I don't know how true that is. I like green pumpkin w/ purple flake.

I've also had good luck with the KVD 1.5 square bills in bluegill pattern. Ripping them through grass works like a charm.
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#11417978 - 02/16/16 02:11 PM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Indianation65]
Indianation65 Online   content
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I appreciate all responses, including all those still to come!

I may get out and fish this weekend, after I update my license. After getting back from Venice, Italy, she is off for a 3-day business trip...I will have some time if I'm not on my bike.

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#11425139 - 02/19/16 11:31 AM Re: Current Pond Tips! [Re: Fishin&Dishin]
ReeceKennedy Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
Posts: 127
Loc: Dallas
Originally Posted By: Fishin&Dishin
I have to agree with the guys talking senkos. I typically Texas rig mine weightless. They've worked really well for me, and they're very low maintenance and snag-free in most any structure/cover. I've heard some people say that the off-brand stick baits don't work as well as Yum Dingers and Yamasenkos, but I don't know how true that is. I like green pumpkin w/ purple flake.

I've also had good luck with the KVD 1.5 square bills in bluegill pattern. Ripping them through grass works like a charm.


A senko is usually the first bait I'll use at a new pond. If there are bass in the pond, they'll bite it
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