Pond at Edison State College

Pond at Edison State College

Over the summer I am taking classes at a local state college until I receive my residency for tuition purposes in the fall. There are a few small ponds here but I am not sure of whether fishing is permitted, however, there is nothing stating no trespassing etc. One is a little larger and is set in behind the parking lot and some wooded area. I have fished it a few times in late March while waiting for class to begin. I used watermelon worms and caught a few small bass, biggest was probably just over a pound. Today I was driving by and it had just rained and looked like it was about to rain in this area so I pulled in around 2PM.
It was about 83 degrees, partly cloudy and slightly breezy. This pond is pretty clean with only about 6-8″ of slop around the edge and no water vegetation. It is pretty clear. It has an extremely soft bottom that is a tan/very light brown color. I walked in on the South end where I have caught the fish before. I noticed two large tilapia and for some reason, wherever I find tilapia I never find any bass. I decided to keep walking until I came upon the point in the center West side of the pond. I tried a few casts to the point and out into the deeper water. Nothing.
I was using the white pearl Zoom Super Fluke. I decided to walk up to the North end as there are some reeds and deeper water with a little bit of slop sprinkled around. I made a few casts in, a very slow presentation with a double twitch then letting it drop then wait 3-4 seconds and double twitch. After about 3 or 4 casts I brought it past a big mound of grass on the edge and I got this guy:
My girlfriend, Emily, was along to take the pictures thankfully. She was being bitten by mosquitoes (for some reason they go after her like crazy) and had to use the bathroom so she wanted to leave. I put out a two more casts and then had 3 more the same size and 2 smaller bass come after my bait from the same spot! I waited until I saw one take it, waited for what seemed like an eternity (1-1.5 seconds) and tried to set the hook. All that excitement showed my fishing immaturity as I of course just yanked the bait out of his mouth. This, of course, spooked all of them and we decided to leave.
 
The fish were sitting in the shallow (8-12″) water under the slop by this grass hump. I will take a picture of the hump next time I am fishing there. I couldn’t believe they were so big in such a shallow area. It should be noted, however, that it seemed like the water dropped to about 6-8 feet in a nearby area. Also, all the wind was blowing towards this end of the pond and there were tons of baby bass. I will be trying my golden shiner colored Shadee Shad here next time.
 
 

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