Pond Fishing – Bait Selection

What baits to use when you go Pond Fishing

Simple is always better, especially if you are going fishing to have fun and catch a few fish for dinner. As I had started this series a cane pole is a great way to start new fishers on the road to enjoying a lifetime of fishing fun and supplying themselves with food. To go with that cane pole there is nothing better than a natural selection of bait. When I was introduced to fishing, collecting the bait was a part of the fishing process. These are a few of the baits that I have gathered and used that are both effective and "fun" to collect. Worms, night crawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, bee's nest's, minnows, small fish, crawdad's, salamanders and frogs. These are listed in the order that I roughly remember using them for bait. Listed worms and nightcrawler separately because they are so different. Worms are the most readily available form of fishing bait that can be dug up in pretty much any damp soil, on the farm, garden or creek edge. Please notice that I did not say "red" worms as I am unsure as to how many different varieties of worms I have dug up out of the soil when I was growing up. Yes some were red some were exceptionally wiggley and average 2-3 inches long. Wikipedia says there are roughly 6000 varieties of earthworms around the world with 150 different varieties being widely distributed. Night crawlers are next in that they are special because they are must larger and what the modern-day bass fishing plastic worm is copied from the average 4-6 inches long. unlike earthworms nightcrawler dig themselves much deeper into the soil and are not usually collected by digging. If you live in an area where these are available they are a fun bait to collect. You go outside to your chosen grassy area after the dew has fallen for the night and the worms are on the surface of the ground. It requires a stealthy approach and a quick hand, a red or green headlight works best white light is to bright and scares them off. Crickets are pretty much everywhere, grasshoppers are a summertime catch, bee's nest's are a summertime catch minnow's small fish are anytime baits, crawdads and salamanders are regional and can be hard to get. If you are not interested or have a lack of time worms, crickets can be bought at your local bait shop. Of course collecting some of the baits comes with its own thrill and excitement. wasp's don't really appreciate fishing the same way we do and crawdads are a little testy when you pick them up. But those are adventures you can tell your children about when they grow up. You can "grow your own" bait if you have a little time and want to save money, A worm farm can be made from recycled newspaper and kitchen scraps and a cricket farm just needs a warm area and some egg cartons in the cage. If you can catch enough night crawlers you can sell them to bait stores or open your own roadside bait stands. It depends on what fish you would like to catch as to which bait you should get. Worms, crickets, minnows are good for any pond, worms and crickets being the number one choices for most any fish species. Crawdads, salamanders, frogs and night crawlers are generally reserved for your larger species. Grass hoppers are hard to beat for everything when they are active as the fish seem to know the grass hoppers are only available for a short time and gobble them up, for added excitement do not add weight to the line just use a cork for added weight to throw the hopper out,  just let the hopper float and kick on the surface for topwater fishing explosions. 

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