Ponds and local community lakes can offer great fishing. Some of the fish living in these waters may have never seen a bait.
These type of ponds or lakes will prove to be a hidden gem. Many residents that live on these bodies of water have no interest in fishing. They may have no idea there are fish in them. Almost every pond or community lake has been stocked at some point. Typically they are stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish at a minimum.
Here is how I approach fishing ponds and small lakes. You need to start with lures that mimic what the local fish eat, such as minnows, frogs, and insects. Keep it simple; soft plastics, crank baits, and top waters will cover most all situations you will encounter. Choose natural colors like green pumpkin or watermelon when using soft plastics. For top waters and crankbaits, again, keep it natural. The only time I would change this is if the water is dirty with visibility less than a foot. I highly suggest using spinning tackle because you will be using light weight baits. These lures may be difficult to throw using bait casting equipment. I also suggest using 8-10 pound test line for these lures. Spinning tackle typically works better with this light line.
Remember one thing; get permission before you start fishing these areas. Most homeowners will never say a word, but you never know.
What do you have to lose? I know you will be surprised by these great bodies of water in your own back yard.