i've built two and still have one. make us of the terrain to keep cost down. usda-nrcs can come help you pick a site on your property for free, up to you and/or your wallet to build it. they are really cool to have. go as big as you can afford and fit because the smaller ones are much more delicate to manage: algae blooms, low D.O., over/under harvest, etc.
re: Building a fishing pondPosted by dwr353 on 9/19/13 at 1:56 pm to Slickback
AS stated, research and do it right. I have a 1 &1/3 ac pond behind my home. It is great to have and fish. It does require upkeep, expense, and management. I have no regrets at all. After a bitchy day at the office, I can sit on my pier, drink a beer(hey it rhymes), and fish if I want. My bass are plentiful, catfish are big, and bream are always ready. My Lab loves to swim in it, and my ducks are happy.
re: Building a fishing pondPosted by dwr353 on 9/20/13 at 8:11 am to jimbeam
I made a deal with a dirt contractor to use some to build up my homesite (about 18000 yds). He took rest and we mitageted his bill to run my water lines (about 600ft), install culverts along entire road, housepad, driveway etc. All told I reduced his bill from 50k to 18 k.