We all love fishing private ponds. Free from fishing pressure, these jewels hold eager fish and big fish. I have caught many of my PBs (personal best) at these ponds. The catch about these bass is that they have never seen fishing pressure before, so they will bite much more eagerly than lake or reservoir bass, even the big 'uns. They are also quite accessible, and are many located quite close to your house.
However, in order to fish these ponds, one must have permission. Sneaking in and out has its problems (I've heard stories of landowners shooting a trespassers). Please don't break the law to fish. It makes all of us look bad.
So how does one get permission to fish a private pond?
Above: Ponds are found pretty much everywhere. I have caught my PBs at some of the ponds shown above.
Most of time, you simply ask, and the landowner lets you fish. Most people are very gracious about it, as long as you don't stir up problems or bring a big crowd. If you want to fish the pond again, make sure to ask whether or not you can come for repeated visits.
However, sometimes its good to pick up some trash or do some outdoors work (if the landowner is a senior) after you fish so you get permission to continue to fish the place. I cannot tell you how much people appreciate the gesture. Small things make the difference in whether or not you are allowed to fish there again.
Hi. I am Ian, an extremely avid bass fisherman living in Howard County, MD. I like to bank fish and fish at local ponds and small creeks. I will explore budget friendly options for people to use in this blog. I hope I can teach you something.