Why Fishing Farm Ponds Are Better Than Big Lakes
Jim McWilliams Sunday, March 04, 2007
Why my absolute favorite fishing spots are farm ponds.
We search big lakes high and low for big fish, fight the chop, the wind, and the crowd. We hear about the huge bass that are in them, the stories about the divers who refuse to dive by the dam because they are scared of what they saw down below. Have you caught one? Do you enjoy the crowds and the jet skis roaring by?
Now imagine yourself here?a small pond, maybe an acre, maybe five or six. Nobody there but you and maybe a buddy or two. There is a pretty good weed line extending out from shore all the way around the pond. Trees around the edges and the nearby dam block the wind. There is a pleasant smell in the air, fresh and clean, with that unmistakable scent of a pond. Birds sing in the trees, fish boiling in the water?and they are all yours.
This is not a dream?this is a Nebraska, South Dakota or Iowa farm pond. You and your buddies inflate your tubes, set up your tackle, and glide into the pond, out just beyond the weeds. A first cast brings a good hit, a second a fat, sassy bass that jumps out of the water, almost to eye level. You bring the fish in?it is healthy, good color and as fat as the ones you see on those television shows. Lifting the fish into the air, you brag to your buddies and they are hooked up too.
Lots of photos, and all fish are released. You even lay your master angler 7-pounder on your measuring tape and shoot a pic for that state certificate before popping him back into the pond. Great fishing, great fun, you just can?t do any better than this?and there is no fee, no hassle.