Top Places for Bass Fishing in Delaware

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Delaware
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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.

Duo Realis Crankbait M65-8A

Length: 2 1/2 inches
Weight: 1/2 ounce
Depth: 8 feet

A highly detailed crankbait, the M65 confronts bass with a realistic baitfish appearance plus sound generated by a metal plate and steel ball. Available in two models and a variety of colors, this crankbait is effective in both stained and clear water.

Price: $12.99

Sebile Action First Bull Crank

Length: 2 1/2 inches
Weight: 1/2 ounce
Depth: 4-7 feet

Patrick Sebile's Bull Crank is an excellent lure, especially at that low price point of $6.95. The Xternal weight system helps to keep a low center of gravity, dig deep, and stay on track, reducing the need to tune. It features a wide body to increase visual presence.

Price: $6.95

Storm Arashi Silent Square Bill

Length: 2 1/8 inches
Weight: 1/2 ounce
Depth: 3 feet

The Square Bill\'s self-tuning line tie lets you burn it and still have it track straight. The circuit board lip provides strong vibration up the line and helps the lure deflect well in cover, especially downed trees.

Price: $8.99

Gary Yamamoto Chikara

Length: 2 1/2 inches
Weight: 1/2 ounce
Depth: 2-4 feet

This popularly-priced, rattle-equipped crankbait is designed to be worked through heavy cover and still get the job done. The Chikara features internal 3D holographic foiling that provides flash and cannot be chipped. The lure's value is enhanced by Mustad Triple Grip treble hooks.

Price: $7.99

Strike King KVD-1-5-Flat Side

Length: 2 ¼ inches
Weight: 3/8 ounce
Depth: 8-10 feet

This flat-side crankbait has a good thumping action and a tight wobble, and that means it's a great crankbait for cooler months or highly pressured lakes. Adding some weight to the hooks helps to cast the relatively light Flat Side on baitcasting gear, especially in windy situations.

Price: $5.79

Rapala Scatter Rap Crank

Length: 2 inches
Weight: 5/16 ounce
Depth: 6-8 feet

On a medium or slow retrieve, the Rap Crank is amazing: it tracks straight, then pops laterally and juts back onto the original track, ready for the waiting strike.

Price: $8.99

Spro Baby Fat John 50

Length: 2 inches
Weight: 3/8 ounce
Depth: 0-2 feet
Spro Baby Fat John 50

This smaller version of the established Fat John effectively imitates smaller forage, and works on spotted and smallmouth bass as well as largemouth. It runs shallow at any speed, and its fiberglass lip makes it kick out and 'œhunt' frequently before returning to true.

Price: $12.03

Bass Pro Shops XPS Square Bill

Length: 2 1/2 inches
Weight: 3/8 ounce
Depth: 5 feet

It's a good-looking lure, and fine quality for a hard-to-beat price. The XPS rattle is subdued, which is nice for spooky bass. The oval split on the line tie helps it run straight and avoid line slipping between rings.

Price: $4.29

Megabass Knuckle Jr

Length: 2.2 inches
Weight: 3/8 ounce
Depth: 1-3 feet

You\'ll be a megafan of Megabass lures because of their innovation and uncanny attention to detail. The Knuckle Jr.\'s two-position adjustable bill really gives you two lures in one, making it easier to swallow the premium price.

Price: $4.29

Livetarget Bait Ball Square Bill

Length: 2 3/8 inches
Weight: 1/2 ounce
Depth: 3-4 feet

The Bait Ball is a crankbait with realistic 3D baitfish bodies inside the main body. The smaller lures inside cleverly mimic a school of shad. This crankbait casts very well and has a tighter wobble than most square bills, making it a perfect crank for clear water.

Price: $14.99

Becks Pond

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.

Garrisons Lake

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.

Craigs Pond

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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