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So my pond is 3/4 of the way dug. What should I do b4 water for fish habitat?



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I discussed my pond in an earlier thread linked above. My pond is now 3/4 dug. Its about 1/2 acre and is about 12-14 feet at its deepest spot with most of it being 8-9 feet deep. What should I do now to the bottom before if fills with water to create a good habitat for fish? Picture is tough to tell depth but as its graded out it will be 2 feet deeper than the ledge you see in the picture.

Rock on the bottom?
Cut down trees? Would a tallow tree work I have several 20 foot to spare?
What about a 12 inch plastic pipe?



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Pics of pond?





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Paging nascarfan





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fixed the link to the picture...its tough to see the dimensions because its not complete. Once he grades out the edges it will be sloped out another 4-5 feet to the edge.





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Nascar thinks your pond is too big.





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I would suggest making "T"s with large concrete culverts.

I don't know if that fits into your budget, as I'm sure cement culverts get pricy. You would want to put these cement "T"s in the deepest part of the pond.

Also, you would want to make tree like structures that are built to last longer. Probably be best to put them closer to the banks of the pond.






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Bucket of quick Crete with PVC pipe sticking out. Start gluing fittings and pipe together to make tree limb type looking structure.

Figure out where the water will be 3' deep and place sand in all of those areas. Small pebbles/rocks will work. Bream love to bed in such areas.

Build a dock now before the water







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Read a book about pound building by Ray Scott.





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KingRanch
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Good looking pond there, we'll need pics when I has water in it.







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Plant you some cypress trees about 5 foot from the bank

Edit: 5 foot into the water part i meant



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quote:

Read a book about pound building by NASCAR Fan






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Rock pile on one end

Take a few 55gallom drums

Drill one full of 1" holes for bait fish. Drill another with 2"-3" holes for pan fish. Drill another with 6" holes for bass. Sink them together in the middle with a few bricks in each. They will become covered in algae soon and provide great structure.

Also some 5 gallon pails cut in half and filled with pea gravel provide great beds.



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quote:

Read a book about pound building by NASCAR Fan


I unfortunately build "pounds",, Nascar builds "ponds",,






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Ive always wanted to build a pond from scratch so i know where every piece of structure is





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A couple of things: if putting in natural trees use cypress and cedar they will last much longer.

PVC structures with lots off vertical pipes on a flat base make good structure and are easy to pull hooks through. Also it will be unlikely to get hung up on unlike wood. Will look like a big version of the bottom rack in a dishwasher.

Creating a deep hole 1-3 ft deeper than surrounding with a covered "roof" area will provide a home in hot summer months. Put it where you can cast parallel to it when fishing in 3-5 ft of water. The cover should be shapped like a short legged table. Old cedar fence panels doubled stacked and wrapped with aluminum wire to keep boards intact work well. Place this on a short bed frame sort of thing made from 4x4 about 18" off the bottom. Could make a more permenant version out of concrete by building frame and pouring a thin slab.


Stacks of pallets vertically with every other one turned 90 degrees so open sides are off setting make nice deep water structure. Run a piece or two of rebar down through them and into the bottom to secure. You can off set some to create small ledges on a vertical structure. Bait fish hide them.

Tallow will work for structure but may not last as long as other wood.


Sand in shallow areas is solid advice. Make it 2-4 inches deep.

Pier before fill is a good idea too with hinged fishing holes cut in deck where deepest shade will be.

Chunk rock bank on east side will warm earlier in spring.and hold crawfish. May bee too expensive though.

A PVC fence line is another good idea from deep to shallow water .



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Nascar is jelly



Bookmarking....if we get the land we want were gonna dig one too






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Since you're filth rich, set some upright power poles or pipes that can be used for building an over-the-water gazebo or dock or something. Will double as fish shelter and increase enjoyment.





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Build a dock now before the water

Also if possible make ledges in certain depths for fish to spawn. You can build ssome structures for fish & place anytime.
Also plant some cypress trees



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Put a winding ditch about 3 feet deeper than the surrounding area down through the center. Bass will congregate in the deeper water in the summer. Have it winding so it helps to create ambush points.





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Damn good idea bb





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