Subdivision ponds are such an overlooked hot spot for bass fishing. Most subdivisions have multiple ponds and many of them do not get fished often.
In general, as long as you stick to small baits that look natural you will more than likely have a great time catching bass. I’ve written in the past about some of the best lures to use when fishing small ponds. See that post here
When I go to a new pond I ensure it is stocked. It shouldn’t take long to figure that out. Most ponds have fairly clear water and you can usually see small bluegill and bass swimming. Also a quick lap around the pond fishing a fast moving bait will usually draw a strike or two.
I just returned from a short trip to a nearby neighborhood pond where I used this strategy. I checked this pond out a few weeks ago and saw some bass cruising the shoreline. I went back today and I caught over 40 bass on two different lures. This was the first time I had fished this pond for any length of time. This pond was loaded with bass!
My two lures of choice on this trip were a Spit’N’image , a walk-the-dog style top water bait, and a wacky rigged worm. I used the Spit’N’image because it was the smallest style of topwater I had with me. I caught most of the fish on that lure. I also caught many bass on the Zoom wacky rigged worm with a small 1/8 ounce weight.
Keep it simple and don’t hesitate to try a few ponds in your neighborhood.