Farm Ponds: Fun for Everyone

In the writing that I have done, I have often talked about my grandparent’s farm pond in West Virginia. Farm ponds are not only easy to fish but typically easy to get to can provide fun for anglers of all ages. From the beginner to the most serious and advanced angler, anyone can find success in farm ponds. No matter where you are in the United States, or the world for that matter, farm ponds can bring you hours of enjoyment and be the place where you make many lasting memories either by yourself or with your family.

The first step in getting out to a farm pond is to locate one. If you live in a rural area as I do, you should be able to see farm ponds from the road, or you can talk to neighbors to find out where they are located. If you live in the city, there could be ponds in various locations around apartment complexes or housing areas. Where I live in Iowa, there are numerous ponds located in these areas and around businesses.

The next thing and perhaps the most important thing you will want to do is to ask for permission to fish in these locations. This cannot be overstated. If you see a farm pond along the side of the road, ask the owner if it’s ok for you to fish there. Most people will be polite about it, but it’s important to ask first. If you don’t, you will not only upset the landowner but you will be breaking the law.

For those pond areas that are in the city, check to see who owns them. A vast majority of them should be city or county property and, unless posted, should be fishable. Anything that is around a housing area or an apartment complex could belong to the landlord or the city. It’s important to check to see who owns those ponds and that can be done by calling your local city or county office and checking with them to see who owns it. If the city or county owns it, you should be fine to fish there. If it’s private, locate the owner and ask them.

Another step in the farm and city pond process is to find out what kind of fish are present. If it’s a private pond, the easiest thing to do is to ask the owner what kind of fish there are. Then you can plan accordingly. If it’s a city pond, then you should ask around to see if anyone has fished in it. You could go to local bait shops or sporting good stores and ask the people there if they know what kind of fish are in those ponds. If no one knows, then you are just going have to try to find out for yourself.

That is fun.

Many farm ponds will contain six main species. Those species include large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and bullheads. The variety of catfish can vary. There can be other fish as well but the six mentioned are going to be your best bet for what’s in a pond. So when you come looking for fish in a farm or city pond, be prepared for all of those fish.

What works can vary from one farm pond to another. I have fished a lot of farm ponds and know that one lure that worked well in one pond for bass doesn’t always work well in another pond for the same species. Packing a variety of lures will help ensure you will have success fishing in these bodies of water. Remember to pack lures that are similar to the native forage in the ponds like crawfish, minnows or even shad.

Choose your equipment carefully when fishing in farm and city ponds. You probably won’t need any heavy-duty stuff unless they have some lunkers in there. Obviously, you will want to bring rods and reels that go well with the fish you plan to catch. Trying to catch catfish? Bring a rod suitable for that. Going after Crappie? Bring your Crappie rod. Whatever gives you the biggest advantage is what you should use to help you catch fish.

One other great thing about farm and small city ponds are that kids can learn how to fish on them easily. Parents can keep a close eye on their children while they attempt to fish these bodies of water. The pond should typically start out shallow and then get deeper so, if you keep an eye on your children, they should be safe. What is great is that a pond doesn’t have any fast flowing current, like a river does. River current could force your toddler or you to have to reel in the line about every thirty seconds. In some cases, depending on the fish you are trying to catch, you can just throw something out there and wait.

Kids will love the excitement of watching a bobber slip down below the surface of the water telling them that there is a fish on. They will have a great time reeling it in no matter what kind of fish it is. Of course, parents will most likely have to reel in the fish for the youngest children and take the fish off the hook but it’s such a great bonding experience it’s no big deal.

So, if you live in a rural area like I do, or you live in the city, find your nearest smaller body of water and go fishing. These bodies of water are everywhere. They should be easy to get to and provide you and your family with hours of fishing fun.

If you are a fan of these smaller bodies of water, put your favorite area in the comments section below along with your city and state. Maybe someone else can take advantage of what you have been able to have success with.