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tigereye58
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Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?



I am digging a pond on 10 acres of land to use for a house pad. I want to stock the pond with Bass and Perch. Has anyone had any success with this? What is the best way to create a good environment for the fish to flourish? Depth? Slope? Trenches around it or through it?

Also what is the best way to keep the snake population in control besides just shooting them or putting a honey badger on them?







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Digging a Pond


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managing snakes?


If you build it, they will come.






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Digging a Pond Questions


Ask Nascar.






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oldcharlie8
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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


don't poison ALL the grass. your bream need places to hide sometimes.







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chickman1313
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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


we've got two smaller ponds and one big pond/lake

typically the natural elevation of the land makes up about half of the shoreline of ours, and the other half is a dam.

when we clear shit, we just leave the trees in there, good habitat.

we havent had bad snakes at any of them really, but we do have a nutria and beaver problem from time to time, nothing a .22 cant fix

eta: looking for some pics to post of ours



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chickman1313
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don't poison ALL the grass. your bream need places to hide sometimes.


we actually fertilize ours once a year to encourage grass growth, again, for good habitat, shade in the summer, etc.






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Chad504boy
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nascar's pond is doing well. he stocked it with a frog.







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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


We did it for the exact same reason you are


it isnt really sloped but about 8' deep all around. Not a huge pond, about 35yds x 15yds

perch and bass took to it well, as well as catfish that just show up in every pond/hole we make



I will suggest that you drill a freshwater well. Your pond will come close to bone dry in the summer and you'll have a fish kill if not






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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


NASCAR is ready and able...








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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


You need to know what the base will be because it may not water. I'm assuming it will be clay since you're using it for a house pad? If so you should be good. I've known several people to build ponds and they didn't put anything in them and they just drained away and never held water.


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This could be the start of a great thread.

I would build a pond hoping for snakes to invade. I need target practice.






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I would build a pond hoping for snakes to invade. I need target practice.


Not much is more fun than shooting water turtles.






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Nodust
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Hitting a turtle head with a 22 is just good redneck fun.





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tigereye58
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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


It an old rice field so I have about 2 feet of topsoil and then a really good clay base underneath. I need a lot of clay to build up my pad bc I have to dig out the topsoil of the pad also and then fill in. I should hold water. I have a creek nearby that will be my overflow. I think if I dig it 8-12 feet deep it should hold water all year.





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do people who go bass fishing in ponds think they did a very good job of fishing when they catch some bass in this itty bitty pond. Its like shooting a deer on a leash.





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chickman1313
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Small pond. Dam on the right



Pond to the right of the above one, they share a dam with a culvert through it. This one has a pretty large dam around the back and right side



Big pond/lake, couldnt find a pic of just the lake, but you can see the dam behing this HOIST, and thats not me, my buddy caught this 6.5 lb out there a couple weeks ago









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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


Have you checked to see if there is a clay pan underneath your land? You may end up digging a hole that leaks like a sieve, and will have to install a pump, or pumps, to hold water. The LDWF used to publish a book about pond construction; perhaps they still do. Does your land have a slope? Maybe use can build a small levee to retain water.

Here's a reference:

LINK

Oh, and you cannot "manage" snakes. Gators may find your pond as well.






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re: Digging a Pond Questions - Best way for fish and managing snakes?


I have seen mention of a pond forum on here...





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Tchefuncte Tiger
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Ask Nascar.


He's the expert.






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That cammo pattern is hideous.





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