How to construct a fishing pond?

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

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  2. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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'.
     
  3. larryinalabama

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    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.
     
  4. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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.
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wish I could help, that is gonna be too much fun.
     
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah, I'm pretty excited. I'm trading out the work.
     
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just give him a couple of your wives
     
  8. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    He's a local, so he already has too many.
     
  9. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
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    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?
     
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    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...
     

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