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Duck Pond Ona

Hardee County, Florida.

Duck Pond Ona midpoint in Ona, Florida.

Duck Pond Ona ends in Ona, Florida.

56 feet (17 meters)

2.63 miles (4.23 sq kilometers)

About The Duck Pond Ona

About Duck Pond, FL          

Duck Pond is a 1,046-acre in Hardee County, one of Florida's oldest counties. The lake is near what the locals call "Bone Valley." This place has extensive mining facilities for phosphate and other mineral deposits. 

Historically, ducks used this lake to rest and find shelter from their habitat's mines. However, locals reported that fewer ducks still lived in the area as time went on.  

Hardee County has 0.1% of its territory as water, with Duck Pond being among them. Currently, the area is rehabilitating its water territories because they connect to mines. 

Due to this connection, there is a high risk of mine tailings contaminating the water of Duck Pond, and the shire strives to prevent water pollution in the area.

Duck Pond Ona Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Duck Pond, FL       

Before planning a fishing trip to Duck Pond, consultation with the government unit of Hardee County is encouraged. Information such as weather forecasts, wind speeds, and lake events help make your fishing trip a success. Locals are knowledgeable and may guide you towards famous fishing holes. Hardee County requires a Florida Fishing License for anglers, which you can buy at any local fishing store in the area.

Duck Pond is among the few streams in the shire, and although mines surround it, its waters are viable for fishing. Underwater rock structures and fast waters make an excellent habitat for the fish. Local anglers have frequently caught largemouth bass, bluegill, smallmouth bass, redfish, and warmouth. Foliage along the banks acts as bait, making it easy for anglers to see the fish without venturing into deep waters. 

Paddling through Duck Pond, anglers can glimpse Hardee County, also known as "Tree City." A scenery full of trees just beyond the mines is visible from the lake. Evergreen, conifers and deciduous species surround Duck Pond. Anglers who want to go on a whole-day fishing trip can set up campsites and picnics along the banks of Duck Pond as well.

Duck Pond Ona Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality         

Locals of Hardee County report that the best time to fish in Duck Pond is from 6:00 am until 10:00 am. This time is when the sun starts to rise, and water temperatures get hotter. It is common knowledge among anglers that fish start to group up closer to the banks to find food once the water gets warmer. 

Later in the day, you can try your luck fishing on deeper waters as fish start to swim through currents and fast waters. Be cautious on rock formations as they have reduced visibility in the afternoon up to the evening.

You must not miss out on fishing in Duck Pond from early May to September. The summer season brings in warmer water temperatures and longer hours during the day. The sun at its peak helps to bring more visibility to the waters, making it easy for anglers to set up their bait and lures. Heightened fish activity and pleasant weather will surely attract anglers, so do not get left out!

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality         

Locals of Hardee County report that the best time to fish in Duck Pond is from 6:00 am until 10:00 am. This time is when the sun starts to rise, and water temperatures get hotter. It is common knowledge among anglers that fish start to group up closer to the banks to find food once the water gets warmer. 

Later in the day, you can try your luck fishing on deeper waters as fish start to swim through currents and fast waters. Be cautious on rock formations as they have reduced visibility in the afternoon up to the evening.

You must not miss out on fishing in Duck Pond from early May to September. The summer season brings in warmer water temperatures and longer hours during the day. The sun at its peak helps to bring more visibility to the waters, making it easy for anglers to set up their bait and lures. Heightened fish activity and pleasant weather will surely attract anglers, so do not get left out!

Duck Pond Ona Fish Species

All About Fishing in Duck Pond, FL       

Before planning a fishing trip to Duck Pond, consultation with the government unit of Hardee County is encouraged. Information such as weather forecasts, wind speeds, and lake events help make your fishing trip a success. Locals are knowledgeable and may guide you towards famous fishing holes. Hardee County requires a Florida Fishing License for anglers, which you can buy at any local fishing store in the area.

Duck Pond is among the few streams in the shire, and although mines surround it, its waters are viable for fishing. Underwater rock structures and fast waters make an excellent habitat for the fish. Local anglers have frequently caught largemouth bass, bluegill, smallmouth bass, redfish, and warmouth. Foliage along the banks acts as bait, making it easy for anglers to see the fish without venturing into deep waters. 

Paddling through Duck Pond, anglers can glimpse Hardee County, also known as "Tree City." A scenery full of trees just beyond the mines is visible from the lake. Evergreen, conifers and deciduous species surround Duck Pond. Anglers who want to go on a whole-day fishing trip can set up campsites and picnics along the banks of Duck Pond as well.

Smallmouth Bass

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Warmouth

Habitat: River, Lake, Swamp, Muddy, Vegetation

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 4" - 12"

Redfish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

Bluegill

Habitat: Lake, Pond, River

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 6" - 16"