Some of the best ponds
during the heat, day or night, have been Millsboro, Killens, and Canal pond.
First of the closest
ponds to both upper and lower Delaware is Killens in Dover. Killens is located
right off rt.13. Turn left onto State Park Road, follow the road around the
curve, past the main park entrance, and about a mile and a half down the road is
the pond. It has parking for about six to eight trucks with trailers, with an
adequate launching ramp. Killens is a state park, and they also rent boats and
cabins, but you will find little competition for bass except on the weekends.
Most of Killens is one
to five feet deep at the shoreline, except in the extreme upper end, where it is
just inches deep. The lake has an Island in the center with some wood cover and
grass. It drops off to six feet quickly on the channel side (main lake), and is
about three feet on the right side. This is a particularly good area to work in
the day with "Senko's" in four and five inch sizes in black and watermelon on a
3/0 WG hook, with eight and ten pound test line. In addition, clacker type
buzzbaits produce bass in the three to six pound range many times in this area,
even in the bright afternoon sun. A Tournament Frog, or "Sumo Frog" is a good
choice for the pads especially in the daytime heat. The action will be slower,
but you can connect with some big explosions through the grass and pads at
times. A Tournament Frog is the best choice of top water, and a 1/2-ounce in
black works best all around. Vary the retrieve, both day and night, sometimes
letting the frog sit after hitting the water, as long as thirty seconds then use
a few quick hops. If this doesn't produce, try working it very fast and pausing
only once, on the way back to the boat. This is especially effective in large
Jigs in black and blue
take their fair share of nice bass from here also, but you must be extremely
accurate and quiet in your presentations or you will not connect. The bass will
be in the heaviest of cover, lying in wait for a slow moving, crippled bait to
"GO AT NIGHT"
Fishing at night when
the water cools to seventy or seventy-five degrees, is the best time to connect
with bigger bass now. Explore the shallow water right at the drop-offs on the
left side of the lake with buzzbaits cast to the main channel edge. Do not be
afraid to experiment with some older, forgotten bait, such as a "Devils Horse",
or similar prop baits. They work wonders sometimes in highly pressured lakes.
Millsboro Pond is in
Sussex County, Delaware, in the town of Millsboro off Isabella and Main Street.
It has room for only a few boats, and the launching ramp is very shallow, you
can get off all right, but getting back on the trailer can be real tricky. Most
of the lake is shallow, with lots of grass. It has several Islands, but the bass
go to shallow water at night in the upper end. Buzzbaits are best, but
Tournament Frogs work well also, in the day and night. Several bass have been
caught in the three to six pound range in the past at night, using the frog and
Senko's mostly in the day. Cast the buzzbait wherever possible at night, it is
worth removing the grass. Use Senko's by the lower end of the lake in deeper
water in the day, and do not forget to let them sit a long time, raise the pole
once or twice, and then cast again. Use these techniques and bring plenty of
insect repellent, and you will connect with some lunkers, and many others in the
two to three pound range.
Canal Pond is located by
the railroad bridge in the C&D Canal area. Turn right under St.Georges Bridge
and follow the road to the pond. It has beautiful structure, pads, and has a
deep shoreline with a deep hole. This was where a few years ago; the
thirty-pound landlocked striped bass was caught. There are some real Lunker
largemouth's still there also. You will need a small car top boat to fish it,
but it is worth the trouble of getting in. It is about thirty acres of real good
drop-offs, and structure, where bass up to nine pounds have been caught. Please
remember to practice Catch; Photo, and Release so we can all enjoy the bass
fishing there for a long time to come. Senko's and four-inch straight tailed
worms work best throughout the year in watermelon and green. At times
spinnerbaits and frogs will work, but this is a plastics lake.
has long been known for producing big bass. In the late seventies and early
eighties largemouth of seven and eight pounds were not uncommon to hear of each
Since that time, with
all the recreational and tournament pressure, its big bass numbers seem to have
declined, or have they?
The answer is no! They
are still there, just older and wiser. This was proven when I caught a
10.16-pound largemouth bass in 1999 in Noxontown, just ounces short of the state
That bass was featured
in a full-page article in the News Journal paper, in Bassmaster Magazine Lunker
Club, North American Fisherman, and Bass Pro Shops Master catalogs.
The trick to getting
these larger bass to strike is to fish the lake at low pressure times during the
weekdays, and employing some western techniques such as swimbaits off the deeper
points. Just because they are northern strain bass and aren't 20 pounds, it
doesn't mean they don't want a big easy meal.
Follow these tips and tactics in these Delaware Lakes and Ponds this year, and you will catch the trophy of a lifetime! For even more tips and tactics as well as videos visit Steves new blog at giantlargemouthbass.blogspot.com
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Steve was the owner of Reeltime Anglers Guide Service in Wilmington, Delaware, Anglers Radio in Delaware and New Jersey, Reeltimeanglers, Bass Lure Review, and Delaware Tackle in Delaware. He also is a tournament angler and freelance outdoor writer. He has over 40 years of fishing experience in the Northeast, 5 years exp. in California. He has fished freshwater and saltwater since 1962, and has devoted to freshwater only since 1989. http://bassfishingstories.webs.com