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whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 10:29 AM
Hey, I have a few acres and have a friend with a backhoe willing to dig me a pond.

He doesn't know what he's doing and neither do I.

I just want to be able to stock bass, catfish, and bluegill and go out with my 4 little boys in the evenings and fish.

Do any of you have experience with THIS type of pond?

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 10:32 AM
How are you going to fill it. My pond is fed by a small creek, and it still took a month of rain to filll it. Thats going to be the main problem. You will need a minimum of 8 feet debth or the fish will cook in the summer and freeze in the winter.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 11:15 AM
I have an 8 foot wide x 4 foot deep irrigation canal running right through my property. It's filled from mid-May through October...

I thought I'd just dig it below that water line and build a canal with a sluice gate or something...

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 11:28 AM
My pond is 100' with a 3' drop so i have a 3' dam with a 20" overflow pipe.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 11:32 AM
Haha. I'm in over my head. I haven't given any thought to overflow, needed depth - anything. I grew up in the midwest and grandpa had GREAT fishing ponds... but he'd just dig the hole 3-4 feet deep, let it fill, and then stock it.

Completely self maintaining after that...

But I freeze cold and hard here in the winter, and have read a bit about needing to either line the bottom of the pond or put in some special clay to keep it from leeching empty...

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 11:43 AM
I didnt line my pond and it holds water fine, one summer we hand 0 rain and I used it for some, not much, irragation, the pond went down less than 2'. Most of the time it zstays full.
If your soil is caly and not too rockey it should hold water. I have herd of putting pigs in the bottom for a while would seal a pond but dont really know if thats true.

Another problem you will have, with just a backhoe you wont be able to dig it out fast enough, once it rains you will have a mess on your hands. Also there will be a whole lot of dirt you will have to deal with.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 11:53 AM
The dirt will be a welcome addition for my wives' landscaping plans. As for the rain, in a couple of weeks, we'll get to where we only see rain once a month or so, and it'll only be 0.08" when it comes...

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 12:09 PM
How big are you going to make the pond? Mine is 100' by 80'. One of these years Im going to make it bigger. I had a 100hp or it may have been bigger excavator dig it out. Then it took me all summer to landscape it.

tractor time is alaways FUN

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 12:12 PM
I'll have to go measure it out, but it'll be somewhat triangular in shape to fit the property. I'm leaning towards the narrow strip as a shallow rundown to the deep - so that I have a warm water spawning area and an easy spot for the kids to catch panfish...

Lemme see if I can find a picture on the computer of my land...

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 01:56 PM
Okay, here's a rough idea of what I have in mind.

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 02:04 PM
Looks like about 100' by 50' at the wide end. That narrow, shallow opening may be a haven for misquetos if thewater gets real shallow and the fish cant swim there.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 02:20 PM
Yeah, and mosquitos are already a HUGE problem around here - though I'd make sure to invite the fish to any nesting grounds... Maybe I could cut an inlet in on the shallow end...

I'm looking to leave about a 20' path around the edges, so that it can be driven around in the truck. And I want to leave a spot at the back of it for camping, so it probably won't thin down to such a long, narrow neck.

The wide section (left) would be about 120', and it would taper down to about 30' at the skinny end. Overall length would probably be about 250'.

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 02:31 PM
Thats a nice size pond, serioulsey I think your gonna need a decent size dozer.

If you dont get any small pools of water the fish will take care of the misquetos.

I have several 3' or bigger cat fish, they look like little sharks and Im sure you could put your fist inside their mouth.

I wish I had more time to enjoy stuff, however I just cut the grass around the pond last Friday, Half is shaded and is fescue and it was 2' tall, the othe half is Zoisia and it looks like crap, I hope I can find time to aerate and fertilize it before June.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 02:54 PM
He's got a backhoe, a sweet New Holland skidsteer, and 2 dozers that are so big that the cab is like 8 feet off the ground.

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 03:00 PM
He's got a backhoe, a sweet New Holland skidsteer, and 2 dozers that are so big that the cab is like 8 feet off the ground.

Wish I could help, that is gonna be too much fun.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 03:12 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty excited. I'm trading out the work.

larryinalabama
05-24-2009, 03:17 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty excited. I'm trading out the work.

Just give him a couple of your wives

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 04:21 PM
He's a local, so he already has too many.

LawnTamer
05-24-2009, 05:46 PM
There was a pond in Draper that a guy dug along side a canal like yours. Here's what he did.
He dug a trench to the top end of his pond connecting it to the canal. This is where the water came from. Then he had a second trench connecting at the bottom, Both trenches had a gate set in concrete, the bottom one had an overflow. He used about a 2" wire mesh to keep his fish in. If you have Bluegill you may need something even finer. He always had water going through the pond so long as the canals were running, keeps the pond from getting all gross.

BTW, whatever happened with you FS90s, did they get the second one fixed?

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 05:49 PM
There was a pond in Draper that a guy dug along side a canal like yours. Here's what he did.
He dug a trench to the top end of his pond connecting it to the canal. This is where the water came from. Then he had a second trench connecting at the bottom, Both trenches had a gate set in concrete, the bottom one had an overflow. He used about a 2" wire mesh to keep his fish in. If you have Bluegill you may need something even finer. He always had water going through the pond so long as the canals were running, keeps the pond from getting all gross.

BTW, whatever happened with you FS90s, did they get the second one fixed?

I have considered the water flow, but would prefer stagnant water than will be warmer and more inviting for big fish. Also, with the canal not always up, that could complicate matters, too.

As for my trimmer, they found some breather cracked on it that was causing the fuel leak.

I ran it Friday and Saturday and am enjoying it. Has some definite drawbacks to Echo, but also some significant improvements over them...

LawnTamer
05-24-2009, 05:49 PM
One other thing, his pond wasn't all that deep, about 4' I would guess, It was big though, probably 2 acres, had one area about 6'. I don't think it ever froze deeper than 4-6" Heck, most of Utah lake is only 10' deep.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 05:51 PM
One other thing, his pond wasn't all that deep, about 4' I would guess, It was big though, probably 2 acres, had one area about 6'. I don't think it ever froze deeper than 4-6" Heck, most of Utah lake is only 10' deep.

I'm leaning towards a depth of 5' with a trench in there that runs to like 8'.

whoopassonthebluegrass
05-24-2009, 09:43 PM
Have none of you veteran studs out there ever done a bass pond? C'mon. Surely someone has some knowhow!!!

Fishwhiz
06-02-2009, 01:46 AM
I may rain on your parade here a bit, but from what I have experienced a lot of UT is very touchy about water rights, even if your pond is only going to be a tenth of an acre or so. You could save yourself some real headaches by checking first. I remember being shocked at the price of water rights over near Heber.

whoopassonthebluegrass
06-02-2009, 10:31 AM
I may rain on your parade here a bit, but from what I have experienced a lot of UT is very touchy about water rights, even if your pond is only going to be a tenth of an acre or so. You could save yourself some real headaches by checking first. I remember being shocked at the price of water rights over near Heber.

What would I need the water rights for? Once it's filled, it's filled. Is there more to it than that?