How to Fish for Bass Using Artificial Lures

By Debbie Hanson

May 11, 2018

Tips for learning how to fish for bass in a pond using artificial lures. Introduce family, friends to different types of lures while small pond bass fishing

If you want to have a ton of fun while fishing close to home, learn how to fish for bass in a pond using artificial lures. A simple, small pond bass fishing trip can be the perfect opportunity to experiment with different artificial lures and baits. Plus, bass often reach respectable sizes when they inhabit modest waterways where they don't have to compete with other predatory fish species for food sources.

When learning how to fish for bass in a pond with artificial lures, keep these five important tips in mind.
  1. Keep your rod and reel set up simple. Use a 5 ½ to 6 ½ medium weight spinning or baitcasting rod and reel set up when bass fishing ponds. You can spool your reel with 6-12 pound monofilament line or 8-30 pound braid. Braid is generally the better option when fishing ponds that have heavy vegetation since it has little stretch and allow for better hooksets.
  2. Topwater frog lures or "walk the dog" style lures are good choices when freshwater fishing in a pond. Since ponds are typically shallower bodies of water, these lures will allow you to cover a lot of water without getting snagged or hung up on bottom. Use weedless topwater frog lures in areas where there are lily pads or heavy vegetation. Save your "walk the dog" style lures to cover any open areas where you won't get hung up on weeds or structure.
  3. Remember to pay attention to water clarity. If the pond is clear, try using a swimbait, soft plastic jerkbait, or swim jig. If the water is muddy, learn how to fish with lures that vibrate or flash when worked through the water, like chatterbaits or spinnerbaits. When pond waters are muddy, noise or flash can help bass locate your lures with their lateral line instead of by sight alone.
  4. Use quieter lures first. A stealthy approach is important when small pond bass fishing. Pay attention to where your shadow falls as you approach the shoreline, and use your quietest lures first. This will help you avoid spooking any fish that may be sitting in the shallows.
  5. Cast your lures parallel to the shoreline for more strikes. Bass in ponds tend to relate more to shoreline cover and structure, so if you work your lures or baits along the edge of the shoreline, you're likely to get more bites.

You'll soon realize that learning how to catch fish in a pond is simple. Just remember these easy bass fishing tips, and you'll be hooked on catching bass with artificial lures in local ponds all summer!

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.