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Gabby’s fishing fever

Big fish do come from small ponds

The first day of spring is finally here and not any too soon. It has been a long winter, and most anglers are ready to go fishing.

Most of the area lakes are rising daily and are looking pretty good, but much of the water is still cold and murky and can make for some slow fishing. So if you are looking for a good place to fish right now, give a pond or a small lake a try. Most of these small bodies of water stay about the same level year round and are not affected by things like rising and falling waters and temperature changes. Also, the fish in a small lake or pond are not subject to the fishing pressure or boat traffic that a bigger lake brings.

Ponds and small lakes offer laid back areas to fish in without forcing anglers to give up the size and quality of the fish simply because most of the fish in a smaller lake do not have to compete for food as hard as fish in a bigger lake. As a matter of fact, if you look at the handbook from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife you will find that many state-record fish were caught in ponds and small lakes.

Some of the biggest bluegills I have ever caught or seen caught came out of a very small farm pond. Largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, carp and bluegill can grow to a very large size in some ponds and small lakes. If you get out and ask around, there are ponds everywhere and most people will let you fish in them as long as you respect their property.

Ponds are just small lakes and should be fished as such. Try a small, light pole and tackle in the smaller waters. Light line will work better. Bait such as minnows, red worms, nightcrawlers, crickets and several artificial baits work well in ponds.

Look around and find a small pond or lake in your area and kick off your spring fishing.

E-mail me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com.

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