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Walk Lightly Fishing Small Catfish Ponds

Aug 15, 2008
One of the best places to go catfish fishing is in small ponds. Many anglers neglect the smaller ponds either because they don't know these can produce a large number of big cats or because they prefer fishing from a boat. Whatever the reason small catfish ponds get overlooked is not really important because all you need to know is that they are a great place to catch cats.

Small ponds offer many benefits that you can't get when fishing in a lake or river. For one thing, there is more privacy. This means that you can relax and enjoy fishing the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Another benefit is that ponds can be the home of some very large catfish because so many anglers pass them right by. If you have never been catfish fishing in a small pond, then there are a few things that you should know because it is a lot different from fishing on lakes and rivers.

Things You Should Know

Here are a few things that you should know before you go catfish fishing in a pond. You have to take into consideration that the catfish are in a small body of water in which sound travels very well. This means that you have to be quiet if you want to catch fish. This begins even before you actually reach the pond.

Walk slowly and as quietly as you can up to the ponds edge. If you run or walk heavily this noise can be heard by the catfish and they will go to another area of the pond.

Avoid standing directly over the edge of the water because this will also scare the fish away. They can see the shadow you make in the water and will swim away from it. If you have a partner you can talk with each other but keep it low. If you start getting loud the catfish will avoid you all together. Don't drop your tackle box or cooler on the ground instead, sit it down gently. Dropping it causes vibrations that will alert the fish danger is nearby.

It is good to know a little about the pond before you go fishing. There are many different types of ponds and the more you know about the one you are using, the easier it will be to catch a lot of catfish. Some ponds have one deep end where fish like to gather together suspended over the bottom. Most of the time the catfish will be found in the deepest parts of the pond although; sometimes they can be seen close to the top of the water.

Some ponds are shallow all around the edges and deep in the middle. If the pond is large enough you may want to use a row boat to get out in the middle where the catfish may be hanging out. If it is too small for a row boat, then you should be fine fishing from the edge. Any place in the pond that has rocks, trees, stumps, grass or a dock is a good place to start fishing for the cats. These fish do tend to hang out around these structures in search of food.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best catfish fishing information possible. Get more information on catfish fishing small ponds here: http://www.askcatfishfishing.com/
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