Hey guys I live near Hayden and Indian School and I was wondering if you guys know of any good bass ponds around here. Any of the golf courses or urban lakes/other ponds that are good to catch a few decent bass. Thanks.
I used to live in that area and up until a couple of years ago fished many of the ponds in that area. I have caught many fish in the pond at Hayden and Indian School. I have caught even more in both El Dorado ponds and the series of ponds between McDowell and McKellips. Try buzz baits and Ricos early around the banks until the water gets cold. Then get a shad colored Bayou Boogie and start throwing it all over those ponds. The fishing is probably not as good as it once was, but if stick with it, you will catch fish. Use a yo-yo retreive withe Boogie! Try the shores of Tempe Town Lake also. If I lived closer, I would fish those lakes too.
I used to fish the pond on the northwest side of that intersection (Hayden and Indian School) and that was a great little pond. I used to catch LMB on crankbait plugs and T-rigged plastic worms. Biggest was about 5 lbs. A warning though: the scenery will distract you as there are plenty of joggers, walkers, bike riders, and roller bladers on the sidewalks around the lake. But, I'm sure you'll be able to handle the distraction. 8)
Consider that Hayden runs north-south and Indian School runs east-west. On the northeast side there is a pipe that runs under the water line and out into the lake. The bass seem to use the end of the pipe as structure. I've also caught fish along the eastern shore, the southern shore and the southwest shore. Sometimes the bass are along the shore. Other times they are a long cast out toward the middle from those shorelines.