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Old 10-16-04, 02:00 PM   #1
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Anybody got any killer small farm pond tips for this time of year its about 50 degrees waters muddy and breezy. I'm in Illinois if it matters
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Old 10-16-04, 03:12 PM   #2
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I was going to say sand minnows, butnevermind. Try colorado spinnerbaits and topwater baits.A buzz bait works but be patient, some times you have to make twenty casts before you may catch one. I hope this helps ;D P N J
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Old 10-16-04, 03:29 PM   #3
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where in IL are ya? I used to live in the chicago suburbs. A pretty good small pond lure for up there is a beetlespin, just get a fairly large sized one for bass and just cast it out there and bring it in, they are some great small pond lures. Besides that I don't really know what to say, I've never fished smal waters that cold.
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Old 10-16-04, 08:03 PM   #4
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Lizards


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Old 10-16-04, 08:36 PM   #5
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Hula , Is 50 degree water considered cold?I have seen many times I wished it was close to 50 degrees, but the fish still bite.We don't have the Florida strain bass up here though. Does that make a difference ? P N J
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Old 10-16-04, 09:04 PM   #6
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PNJ,
the water just plain doesn't get in the fifties here unless its a small pond and it has been cold for quite some time, which is unusual. In north florida the water will probably get that cold because there is a signifigant difference between here and there. Anyways when I lived in IL, I only fished a little and during the summer when the water temp was 65-75. I didn't really know anything about bass fishing until early this year around march or so, but I 've been doing a lot of work and reading up so I'm catching up pretty quick. I went back to IL earlier this year and I fished in ponds with beetlespins then and did well so thats the only experience I've had with pretty cold water.
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Old 10-17-04, 03:19 AM   #7
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put artificial cover somewhere in a good spot on the lake. Wait a few days. Then, go fishing. The fish will take advantage of that cover, and you won't be disappointed.

catch & release as much as possible.

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Old 10-17-04, 09:47 AM   #8
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Wear dark colored clothes in greens and browns.

Carry your tackle in a nail apron sprayed camo. This keeps your stuff handy....won't have to bend and reach to a box on the ground making extra movement.

Put on sunscreen/bug spray before getting to shore or bank.

Make your first casts close to and parallel to shore, then working out from there. Begin with short gentle casts, casting for distance later.

When changing spots....walk directly away from the bank, then over and then back in. Don't walk along the shore.

If you cast a shadow on the water, back up a little.





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Old 10-18-04, 10:20 AM   #9
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Should you also bring a rifle just in case you spook a large buck? Couldnt resist it is huntin season. 8)
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Old 10-18-04, 03:19 PM   #10
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Seaphantom stated that artificial cover may become active with in a few days. Actually, artificial structure can be use much sooner than a couple days. It's been seen that artificial cover may become active with in several hours.
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Old 10-18-04, 03:27 PM   #11
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A firetiger color Manns Baby 1- is an excellent bait for muddy ponds
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Old 10-18-04, 06:56 PM   #12
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My #1 tip to fishing farm ponds is that smaller baits like some of the smaller rapala crankbaits(shallow shad rap for example) and floating minnows catch big fish. I believe that anytime you can downsize a lure(for example 1/4 oz. jitterbug instead of 1/2 oz.) it can be deadly on ponds, just for the simple fact that ponds offer smaller food sources and these smaller lures "match the hatch" better. Just my two cents.

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Well mack10 gave you some good advice! Fish in small ponds spook very easy! The water up there should still be in the mid 60's. Yes lizards are good, bass HATE lizards! But I dont use live bait. Go to WallyWorld(walmart)) get you a 1\4 oz Rebel Crawfish Flor-Green\Chartreuse or Brown\Chartreuse. I've purchased over 30 crankbaits this summer, and that Rebel is worn out!
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