There are over 40 selected bass ponds in the First State that are presently being managed for improved bass fishing. The Delaware’s Public Ponds booklet provides, maps, management strategies, electro-shocking survey results and more information of interest to Delaware’s growing contingent of bass fishermen. Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Delaware.
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This is a popular pond due to its location within heavily populated New Castle County. Largemouth bass were present in good numbers. The majority of the fish were 4 to 8 inches long but increasing numbers of 8- to 15-inch bass were evident. Average weights are excellent and an occasional trophy is possible. Large schools of largemouth bass fry were observed during sampling in 2011 indicating strong reproduction. Currently, there is a minimum size limit of 15 inches and possession limit of two bass per day.
Largemouth bass are not abundant in this 89-acrea lake but they are big. The population is dominated by fish over 15 inches. The very shallow depth of the pond often concentrates bass in the part of the pond closest to Route 13 where the depth is greatest. Anglers willing to carefully work the weed beds are often rewarded with a few good-sized bass. Numerous scattered tree stumps and the shallow depth make this pond difficult to fish for unfamiliar anglers. It is best to abide by the no-wake speed limit when motoring through the pond to avoid damage to outboards.
The largemouth bass population in Craigs Pond exhibited only moderate numbers possibly due to the heavy algae infestations that often occur. Although the biggest group was bass from 8 to 12 inches in 2011, many of these fish should be of legal size within the next year. These sight-feeders have to work a little harder to catch a meal in the dense plant material. In early spring, a good fishing spot is the steep drop-off along the road.
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