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Evaluating and adjusting fish populations Jump to new posts
Re: Yellow Perch Spawn 2020 Downrigger56304 17 minutes ago
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Property Projects & Construction Jump to new posts
Re: What did you do at your pond today? SetterGuy 1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Augie
Your pond is one YP ribbon ahead of mine. I still haven't spotted any. Water is starting to clear so I might be able to see one now if I put the boat in and went looking.

Stopped in at the farm-n-home over lunch today and picked up a gallon jug of Cutrine+. I had hoped to avoid chemicals but the FA is going to go nuts if I don't do something. I'm going to wait until the aeration is going a couple hours/day to put it in.


I’m heading up to the pond tomorrow. Hopefully there’ll be another ribbon or two. I have some Cutrine left over from last year. The FA was the worst it’s ever been. I’m hoping I may not need it, but I’m afraid that’s just wishful thinking.
Hope you see some ribbons!
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: Corona-virus & Our Ponds Bocomo Yesterday at 11:59 PM
Originally Posted by Sunil
Bocomo, I appreciate your viewpoint and value your opinion.

I do understand the dangers of overwhelming our hospital/healthcare system. One aspect to even consider is that we can build more beds, but we can't just create more doctors or nurses, or medical technicians. So, I do get that aspect.

How do you feel about the hospitalization rate of approx. 15%?

I do wonder how accurate that statistic can be when we seem to both agree that the 'death rate' statistic is....well....whatever we want to call it.


It's not that the death rate is wrong. Pond Boss answer: it depends. All these numbers depend critically on the availability of testing, the underlying age & health of the population it is infecting, as well as that population's ability to provide appropriate care. We still don't have the tests we were promised weeks ago so U.S. rates will float around. Compared to Italy, we are younger but we have worse health (obesity and diabetes are risk factors for poor COVID19 outcome) and less healthcare capacity. Projections of 200,000-2M deaths in the US are the consensus.

As for the case hospitalization rate, 15% is terrifying. It also seems like a good estimate to me. But you don't have to take my word for it...in NYC right now it's running around 20% as reported by NY public health.
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Evaluating and adjusting fish populations Jump to new posts
Re: Found Tons of Baby Bass in my Trout Pond Bill Cody Yesterday at 08:52 PM
What are you using for bait to catch those 6" bass? Bite will be slow until the water warms to 55F+. Best bite will begin when water reaches 60F.
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Evaluating and adjusting fish populations Jump to new posts
Re: Does this YP appear in good body shape? Bill Cody Yesterday at 08:40 PM
It your yellow perch were pellet trained fish when you bought them, then consider trying to feed them some good quality high protein (40%+) pellets when the water reaches 55F-60F. I've seen some pellet trained perch not grow well and stay relatively skinny in ponds that have lots of minnows. IMO some but not all YP are often dumb about converting from pellets to natural foods. Consider trying first to buy a smaller amount of pellets from a fish farm to see if your YP will eat pellets before buying a 40 or 50 pound bag. This place in Ohio and others will sell you lesser amounts of high quality fish pellets. Shelby Fish Farm Anna Ohio.
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New Forum Member Introduction Jump to new posts
Re: New member, and Pond Owner from Ohio Theo Gallus Yesterday at 08:35 PM
WRT Short Term Goal #1, Blue Tilapia would live the longest this Fall (fatal temp = 45 degrees IIRC), but IF you can still get in on Tilapia delivery this year I'd take whatever the supplier has. My Tilapia dealer (Jones Fish) will supply either Blue or Nile, whatever they get shipped up from (somewhere) down South.

I am using 20 lbs/acre for FA control with no chemicals, but that is in a stable situation rather than starting from a bad infestation. The recommended 30lbs/acre might be a good idea at first; adjust future stocking levels based on how it goes.

I suspect that Tilapia mostly eat the FA growing on the bottom before it floats up, but I see them eating at the surface (mostly around pond shoreline) often in warm weather.

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Lots of dock options, match to your budget. I've got one cheap crappy one and one slightly less cheap decent one, both of which I built myself over pilings driven before the ponds filled up.
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Types of fish to choose Jump to new posts
Re: For southern ponds, why not RES & LMB? Theo Gallus Yesterday at 08:25 PM
Originally Posted by jpsdad
Originally Posted by Theo Gallus
Originally Posted by jpsdad
For folks who like panfish, like myself, the large population of small bass is a means to the end of healthy harvestable panfish.

Brother!


Well I'm not sure if that is admiration or disgust smile but even if the latter, I will allow Theo the freedom.

Admiration and empathy, I assure you.
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Wildlife Management Jump to new posts
Re: Bald Eagles anthropic Yesterday at 07:58 PM
All things considered, another advantage of highly fertile water that diminishes visibility. Even cormorants might find it more difficult to grab fish in pea soup, a consummation devoutly to be wished.
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New Forum Member Introduction Jump to new posts
New Member BCJohn Yesterday at 07:29 PM
Hello and thanks for letting me join this group. I have about a 1/3 acre pond about 25 years old and hope to find better ways to keep the water clean here. I am in Mid Michigan. Thanks.
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Building a dam Jump to new posts
Re: Building new forage mini pond snrub Yesterday at 06:24 PM
I would guess inch and a half to two inches. Most 1.5". They were nice looking fingerlings.

I may have a few moralities. I did not do as good of job of acclimating them as I should have. A couple swam out of the bag ok after mixing in some pond water and waiting for a while so I thought they were ready. Dumped them out and a bunch (10%) sunk to the bottom in 6" of water. I picked them up and moved some around and they swam off and acted better. But I think I rushed it too much.

Will go out in a little while and check for floaters.
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Show off your catch Jump to new posts
Re: Omega 3 in fresh water fish???? snrub Yesterday at 06:20 PM
What really helped was the positive feedback was almost instantaneous. I would never have imagined partial results would come that quick. Wife has been on a diet at least a dozen different times over the last 30 years or so. Weight watchers at least 4 different times with girlfriends. But this change she felt better within days. We both did. And that made all the difference.
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Evaluating and adjusting fish populations Jump to new posts
Re: A Crappie Problem Sunil Yesterday at 06:06 PM
SethM, you can make an impact on Crappie populations by fishing that will make a difference in your pond.

Right around this time of year, maybe even a week or two back, they should be schooled up where you can catch several dozen in an hour with a little jig. Take out every one you catch, or use a slot limit.

Another potential option, with side effects, would be to stock a small number of tiger muskies.
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: Panther visit RAH Yesterday at 05:58 PM
All my guineas of both genders were taken. They actually held on for a couple years and had multiple batches of babies, but as indicated by others, lots of predators take them; coyotes, fox, raccoons, mink, bobcats, hawks, owls, weasels, etc. We do not have many turkeys either, and other ground nesting birds are equally scarce. Since wood ducks nest in tree holes, they have fared better.
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Evaluating and adjusting fish populations Jump to new posts
Re: Water temp for surface feeding cats Ryan M Yesterday at 02:26 AM
Thanks for the input guys. I was hopeful when I saw that the koi made it but they are also quite large so I wasn’t sure if they would be targeted by the otter. I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and wait for the water to warm a bit more.
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Building a dam Jump to new posts
Re: Silly newb question Bill Cody 04/01/20 09:22 PM
Firstly you want to determine the type of subsoil and see how much compactable clay is present. If there is good clay within 4 to 6ft of the surface then the pond will not be a water table pond. Loose sandy soil usually results in a water table pond where the water level goes up and down during the seasons; high when wet and low when dry. I've seen water level in water table ponds in NW Ohio go up and down 5-7ft (2m).

A lot of ponds in Ohio are dug ponds on fairly flat clay based ground. A good dug pond is not just a dug hole. The topsoil is removed 8 ft wider than the final size until good clay is reached. Then the pond bottom basin is dug out and compacted with sheepfoot rollers, not by bull dozers because bull dozers are not good soil compactors. Then the deep dug out clay is layered in 4"-6" "lifts" around the 8 ft wide rim as a band around the outside edge and compacted with the sheepsfoot roller. Excess dirt from creating a deep pond can be use to create a sloping watershed to help fill the pond during wet periods. This creates a well sealed all clay lined pond basin that if done correctly will have minimal leakage. Once the pond fills there is enough rain to keep the pond filled year round with water evaporation loss and seepage of 12"-20" each year. If runoff from building roofs is run into the pond the pond stays full. Annual precipitation in northern US and eastern Canada is usually more than 2ft.

For a water table pond just a simple hole is dug out in the porous ground and ground water seepage determines the water level.

A pond in Canada should be at least 16 to 22 ft deep to minimize winter fish kills due to extended snow cover that usually kills the fish in shallow 8 to 12 ft deep northern ponds.
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New Forum Member Introduction Jump to new posts
I'm a new member KarlZ 04/01/20 05:52 PM
Hello,
Just joined. We just dug new pond about 3/4s acre, 6-7 average depth; 15 max. Put in trees and boulders for structure. Has a spillway for overflow. The pond is now about 75% full from rainwater and natural spring. Wildlife is showing up already. Water is starting to clear up nicely and see just a hint of algae. My motivation for the pond was to reduce mowing and create a fishing pond. My objective is to have 8lb LMB to catch in three years. Consulted a pond mgt team; my stocking plan is FHMs this spring, bluegill and Red Ears next Fall, and LMB a year from now. I have lots of questions; right now I to know about testing my water to ensure it's chemically right for fish. I'm retired Army, work for the VA and will retire for good in three years, so I'm in no hurry, I just want to make a good fishing pond, and a nice place for wildlife to hang out. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
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Building a dam Jump to new posts
Re: Underground Automatic Siphon System Jeffrey Bandel 04/01/20 05:10 PM
On the drawings I've seen, the very end of the pipe where the water comes out has a series of connections that shoot the pipe up. What is the purpose of that?
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New Forum Member Introduction Jump to new posts
Re: Spring fed Trout pond project Dave Davidson1 04/01/20 03:27 PM
Sounds neat
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: Mosquito paradise Dave Davidson1 04/01/20 03:23 PM
Haven’t seen one at home or in the country
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: Snags are our friend... Dave Davidson1 04/01/20 03:18 PM
That’s neat
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New Forum Member Introduction Jump to new posts
Re: Never been much for fishing, but maybe someday.... Pat Williamson 04/01/20 01:39 PM
It was Tracy
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: Small particle feeder NEDOC 04/01/20 01:12 PM
If you have a dock over some deeper water, or are up for building one, I'd use one of these. It works great if you live on your pond and can fill it every day.

https://www.aquaticed.com/products/fiap-belt-feeders
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Muddy water Jump to new posts
Re: Dummy's DIY guide to clearing water Paul FNG 04/01/20 11:21 AM
Bill,

I greatly appreciate the advice and reality check. I'll let mother nature do her thing the next few weeks in establishing grass all around the pond/banks and cease aeration in the meantime.

I'll get some rip-rap and do the eastern/northeastern banks since our prevailing winds are southwesterly...wish I had known that last year, I'd have had the builders put the stone in. Oh well, another project...

I am currently about 18" from full pool and thankfully now have more grass than that picture reflects.
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Questions & Observations Jump to new posts
Re: North Texas Optimal fish food group buy Chris Steelman 04/01/20 03:53 AM
Anybody else what some food?
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Soil questions Jump to new posts
Re: Pond Mission Impossible? PerryNZ 04/01/20 03:04 AM
Well, the pontederia has thickened. One even separated in some way and seems to be starting its own little island. (In the circle, top right, in the first pic) The acorus seems to have all perished. Also, if the information was indeed correct, the island is not generating much root mass buoyancy gas. It used to have half to a quarter of an inch freeboard. Not now!
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The duckeed and wolfia is almost thick enough to walk on. That seems to be enough for the breakway piece of pontederia to start its own island. After it first 'broke off,' it lay on the surface, horizontally, for quite some time. I shall be watching with some interest. Especially as winter temperatures seems to thin the surface weed mat.
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