I would like to talk about a couple different techniques on fishing a mossy pond for largemouth bass. First of all,Â there isÂ usually a lotÂ of clutter andÂ the fishing will be aÂ waste of your time without a descent casting skills. With that being said,Â mossyÂ waterÂ can be a very effective environment for reeling in the prized largemouth many fishermanÂ continue to search.
Recently my brother JayceÂ and I attempted aÂ newly discoveredÂ moss-coveredÂ pond. If you’ve never triedÂ fishing moss-covered water,Â the moss tends toÂ gather along the banks and float throughout the pond until it reaches an obstacle or shallow water toÂ delay the drift. This particular pond weÂ fished with spinner baits of every kind to try to maneuver around the nasty mossy mess. As another option, I’ve also heard that top water plugs work splendidly in this type of environment, especially at sunset/sunrise, when the water’s theÂ calmest.Â After many failed casts and an assortment of spinners, plastic worms, and divers we found a lure that was seemed to be favorite of the spot.
A mid-sized meppsÂ black and ChartreuseÂ rooster tail. I haveÂ usually had good luck with any type of mepps rooster tail and it has been my go to lure on many occasions. The type of spinning action produced by these lures is by farÂ superiorÂ to any other brand I’ve used in the past.Â When casting into the open areas of the pond, be careful not to let it sink too deep, otherwise all you will have is a big mess of moss to clean off your lure. After a fewÂ castsÂ we had a strike! A mid-size largemouth, maybe a foot long, possibly a pound in weight. Not much, but at least we knew they were striking.
WeÂ discovered aÂ successful lure so then all we needed to do was toÂ throughly workÂ the pond, testing the waters forÂ more productiveÂ hot spots. BecauseÂ the deeper end of the pond is the side where the bank is the highest, we shifted around to a less shallow area to allow for better access to the water. Before too long I was in the water trying to wrench free a 4-5 lb bass from the mossy wall in front of it. Again, the moss is very timeÂ consumingÂ and can be tiresome, but if approached in the right manner can be an effective tool for catching fish.
After stringing the first fish we continued to maneuver around the pond, trying not to fish for too long in one place. Although it is probable and very likely you’ll find a place where more than one fish can be pulled out, usually a nest or feeding area. We caught five from the same side of the pond. It is in my opinion a much better idea toÂ frequently changeÂ your fishing area, so as not to spook the fish. Casting to the outside of the wall of moss along the bank and reeling horizontally to the wall is a good way as well to get your lure spotted! Just remember, when fishing in a moss filled pond, you must keep your rod up and keep your lure on the top layer of water so to not get hung up in the mess.
The fish hit the lure the most when IÂ casted into an open spot and immediately began reelingÂ as soon asÂ the lure hit the water. I would watch the line and keep my rod upÂ focused on the small wake made by my spinner inÂ using this toÂ maintain the same depth. By keeping the shallow depth consistent, it makes the spinner more enticing for the fish. Remember also, if your lure is too shallowÂ it will not spin. Too deep and you’re wasting time picking moss off your lure.
At the end of the day we had caught 10-15 bass! We kept the 8 larger fish to eat. The weight of the fish was on average at least 4-5lbs a piece, but I’ll let you be the judge on that.