Pond Fishing For Bass In Kansas

Some of the best bass fishing around can be found in small ponds right here in Kansas. These fish can be hungry and BIG due to lack of competition from other species that are found in larger lakes and reservoirs. Also the relative small size of most farm ponds gives you an advantage because there is less cover for your next big catch. And if you happen to come across a pond that hasn’t been fished in awhile watch out! You might just run into some very hungry and aggressive bass that will take just about anything you offer them. By understanding the tendencies of bass as well as knowing of few of the more successful tips and techniques for catching them you set yourself up for a very good chance of reeling in some mighty big fish.

Bass are attracted to cover such as weeds, brush piles, trees in the water, docks and even shade. If none of these are available they will seek out corners and depth breaks. If it is an active time of day for them they will stay near cover or swim the shallow banks. If you find your efforts are not good in these places try casting out into deeper waters and work your lure parallel to the break. To increase your chance of a successful catch be aware of weather conditions. Changes in temperature such as front moving through might just signal that your luck is about to change. Another thing to keep in mind is the many times the fish will give away their position. Watch for where they are feeding. Try to bait with something similar. This might be all the advantage you need.

As far as the best lures for catching bass in farm ponds there are a lot of chances. One thing to keep in mind is that fish trapped in a pond are more likely to go for live bait as that is what they are eating when you are not around.  Worms, minnows, tadpoles and other like creatures will appeal to them more than jigs or spinner baits. The advantage of live bait is it can usually be found right at the ponds edge. Know how to “hook” the bait to keep it alive as long as possible and you’ve got a meal fit for a king. If for some reason you choose not to use live bait fish with lures that do resemble the live food they are accustomed to. Popper lures or crankbaits that mimic the look of minnows are a good choice. Another excellent is the ever reliable plastic worm. There are more colors, features and sizes then you can possible use. Keep off the bottom by rigging a 3 way swivel and weight to it.

One last thing to keep in mind. When walking up to the water be careful of throwing your shadow out over the water. This can spook the fish. I have seen guys crawl up to the edge of the pond as to not spook the fish. This is carrying it to the extreme as far as I am concerned. I’m not a big fan of snakes even if it is a harmless water snake nor do I care to spend the evening picking off ticks.

Continue reading below for more information  on fishing for bass in Kansas and check out the links at the top of the page for other great fishing opportunities. Good luck, stay safe and enjoy your next catch.


The largemouth, striped, white bass is a fish that is prevalent in Kansas. In fact, Kansas is home to the species. Bass are quite common in Kansas’ 24 manmade reservoirs and 240 community lakes. The largest lake spans more than 16,000 square acres. Here are important fishing tips to catch a Bass in Kansas irrespective of your fishing experiences.

The state’s reservoirs are common breeding ground for the bass population in the area. Some of these reservoirs span hundreds and thousands of acres. When you are fishing in such an expansive area, you should use diving crankbaits to cover a large area in a shorter time. The Rapala Shad Rap is an example in this regard. It has a crawfish pattern in order to mimic the natural diet of Kansas bass. Also, Kansas anglers prefer the 1/2-ounce jigs for deep waters.

You may have to fish in muddy, fast-moving waters when fishing for largemouth or smallmouth bass in Kansas rivers. A bright-colored jig is best under such circumstances. Cast the jig as usual and try to bounce it off the bottom of the river so that the current can catch it quickly. If you fish in clearer waters, you should go for a natural-colored lure. In fact, smallmouth and largemouth bass are quite aggressive. They will immediately strike the bass as an act of territorial aggression.

You should learn about the seasonal migrations of bass before fishing in Kansas rivers. That way you are likely to look at the right area for bass. The species is active in spring and would begin the spawning process in shallow water. When summer arrives, the fish will move to deeper and cooler waters. Comes fall and they migrate into the shallows once again. This is the time they feed heavily in order to move to deeper waters to wait out winter.

Bass are very aggressive feeders. In fact, they are very agile and can easily chase down and catch most of the food. They can be caught easily during a feeding spree. They could be lured into striking the bait for many reasons. Bass are usually predators by nature. That’s why they strike at anything that that comes their way. The most popular bass are smallmouth and largemouth.