Retention Pond Bass Fishing Tips
Storm water retention ponds hold a lot of bass. This type of pond usually has a steep bank that has been cleared of brush and weeds. This makes for easy access to the water. The problem is the bass are hard to find and harder to catch. Any water weeds that remain often only extend a few feet out from shore before the water gets to deep for them to grow. To make things even worse the bottoms are often flat without any obvious structure. You are more likely to find an old tire than you are an under water stump, and this means the bass could be anywhere at any depth.
The most effective way to fish retention ponds for bass is to stay mobile. Many of these ponds are small enough to walk all the way around. Cast along the shore as well as out into the middle. It is not uncommon to find bass within a few feet of shore. Take note of the depth and speed of the cast when you catch one. Sometimes a pattern will develop so double your efforts around areas that the storm water run-off enters the pond. This is especially true after a rain storm.
Spinner baits are a retention pond fisherman's best friend. Their versatility is unmatched. A fast retrieve will keep them at the surface. Slow the speed down and they can be fished at any depth. They can even be slow rolled across the bottom. The spinner baits safety pin shape help keep them from getting hooked on weeds or what ever is on the bottom. Use spinner bait with a large blade, as this style disturbers the most water even at a slow speed. These characteristics make a spinner bait the perfect lure to find bass in open water retention ponds. Often a short pause is what is needed to entice the bass to strike.