I made another stab at scouting out the backyard pond today. This time I was ready for them. I rigged one pole with a small slip baahhbeer and an ice jig and waxie, and another with a small slip float and fathead. I started getting into small gills right away on the waxie rig. Mostly small, but a few up to around 7''. Finally the fathead rig went down and after a short tussle I was greeted by a little crappie. This perked my interest and I started throwing the fathead rig around to a few different places. I had a drop and finally a few minutes later the bobber disapearred. I set the hook, felt some good weight, but it pulled off right away. I figured it had to be a sluggish bass and threw it out again. A few minutes later, down she goes and it feels like another good fish. It ended up being a 12''+ crappie which was a pleasant suprise. I ended up with about 15 gills and 4 craps in the 2 hours I was out there. So, I am happy to report that the backyard pond has fish
I'll post some pics later tonight.