How to construct a fishing pond?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by whoopassonthebluegrass, May 24, 2009.

  1. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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?
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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...
     
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    My pond is 100' with a 3' drop so i have a 3' dam with a 20" overflow pipe.
     
  5. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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...
     
  6. larryinalabama

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    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.
     
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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...
     
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    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
     
  9. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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...
     
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Okay, here's a rough idea of what I have in mind.

    POND IDEA.jpg
     

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