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#390590 - 10/25/14 08:58 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Boone County Illinois
Bill,

I am in the process of stocking my pond too. How do I start my own thread?
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#390595 - 10/25/14 09:12 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Bill D. In the top tool bar row area click on Forum List. Scan through the list for an appropriate topic such as STOCKING A NEW POND: Types of Fish to Choose - click it. Then in the top row that also has page numbers (right side) there will be a New Topic button (left side); click it. It will give you a page to write in a subject title and your question etc. In the first post include your pond background including size depth, location, goals etc. This thread can then serve as your pond history. You can always return to this thread to post updates and more questions about various management concerns and problems.


Edited by Bill Cody (10/25/14 09:14 PM)
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#401926 - 02/24/15 12:49 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 02/24/15
Posts: 4
Loc: South Dakota
Hi all, my name is Ryan Johnston. I'm a student at South Dakota State University. I just went to my first pond boss meeting this past weekend. If you were there you may have met me, but you probably saw me around. It was an awesome experience and I feel like it really broadened my horizons, and gave me some good ideas for pond management. Seeing the more applied side of fish management was awesome. Hopefully I can help people on the forum learn a little more about fish management and generate some good thoughts on new fish management techniques. Presently, I am doing research on fish habitat usage, as well as helping manage a couple of ponds here in South Dakota to hopefully grow some trophy bass.

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#401929 - 02/24/15 01:02 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Welcome Ryan and so glad you could come to PB VI.

We all look forward to your contribution to this Forum.
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#401980 - 02/24/15 07:18 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: ewest]
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Ryan, your talk was very informative. Please keep us updated on how well the structure is working with the LMB to try and reduce their movements and concentrate them in smaller "home" areas.
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#402785 - 03/04/15 09:18 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 03/04/15
Posts: 10
Loc: Southern Alabama
Hi there, fellow pond people!

My name is Dan and I am about to close on a property in southern Alabama that has an old, 3/4-acre pond and a newer, 2.5-acre pond on it. They are both on the same tiny creek. The old pond is 400 ft upstream and 50 ft higher than the new one. There are 2 active beaver dams on the creek between them. I plan on managing them for LMB and BG fishing and for the grandkids to swim in, too. I've already seen LMB in the larger one, but I've no idea how many or what else is in there.

The little one is in rough shape from silting and vegetation, but the larger one looks pretty good:
http://s2.postimg.org/gh9p5bb3d/lake_house_06.jpg
http://s2.postimg.org/bp9j4qc4p/lake_house_04.jpg

One arm of the big pond is quite shallow:
http://s3.postimg.org/83lly5u6r/DSC_0022_1.jpg

I've been reading Pond Boss forums for a week, now, and found them a wonderful source of knowledge and experience. I'm looking forward to everyone's comments and advice as I begin my experience as a pond owner.


Edited by DanL (03/04/15 09:18 PM)

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#402791 - 03/04/15 09:45 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: DanL]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2865
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Welcome to the family, ask lots of questions and send lots of pictures. Lots of variety here


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#402797 - 03/04/15 10:55 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Welcome Dan.

Nice looking water holes.
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#402805 - 03/05/15 12:30 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: DanL]
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Registered: 05/03/14
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Welcome aboard, DanL!

Have you done any analysis yet on the water? Alkalinity? pH? That's what was first recommended to me when I bought my land and is the usual advice given by the experts (of which I'm not).
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#402807 - 03/05/15 12:59 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: anthropic]
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Registered: 03/04/15
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Loc: Southern Alabama
Nothing done yet, Anthropic. I just learned today that the seller and I have agreed on a price. I'm on fire to get started, but I suppose I should wait until I actually own the place.

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#402865 - 03/05/15 03:05 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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I know exactly how you feel, DanL! Took me six years of searching before I found the right place. Congratulations! laugh
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#402866 - 03/05/15 03:34 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: anthropic]
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Registered: 03/04/15
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Loc: Southern Alabama
Originally Posted By: anthropic
Took me six years of searching before I found the right place.
Heard that. I've looked at a lot of mud holes before finding this place.

Originally Posted By: anthropic
Congratulations! laugh
Thanks!

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#402870 - 03/05/15 04:45 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 11/17/03
Posts: 144
Loc: Texas
It is getting harder and harder to find property with water on it. Good job

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#402895 - 03/05/15 09:16 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Mike Otto]
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Registered: 03/04/15
Posts: 10
Loc: Southern Alabama
Originally Posted By: Mike Otto
It is getting harder and harder to find property with water on it.
Truth.

I am still kicking myself for walking away (over a measly five thousand bucks) from a property with a beautiful 4-acre, spring fed pond several years ago. I thought I could find one just as good, cheaper. Hah!

I like the one I'm buying, but it's smaller and will cost more. Still, I feel lucky to have found it. As you say, good water property is scarce.

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#407550 - 04/11/15 12:15 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 04/11/15
Posts: 1
Loc: Alabama
Hello, Im new to this forum stuff.I work on a farm of sorts. We raise and breed ducks. OK. So.... we have a pond thatsabout 400 feet downhill from the one that we use to raise the ducks on. Now we need to pump the water up hill,so it will circulate through the pns n return to the large pond. So i need to find a pump to do this. Its not a steep incline but its far. any advice? im sure i will have many more questions. Thanks in advance.

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#410801 - 05/10/15 07:14 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 4
Loc: Michigan
Hello from Michigan, been lurking for a while but a full day of rain has encouraged me to join the addiction. I will be leaning on this board heavily as I start the planning stage of our family gathering spot " The Pond".
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#410815 - 05/10/15 10:25 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: tcsteelhead]
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Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2865
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Welcome duck and tc

Ask lots of questions and read even more. There are some great folks here that become family. Tell us what yall want from your ponds or will want and the guys can point you in the right direction... Also post pix when you can

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#410816 - 05/10/15 10:28 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Mike Otto]
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Registered: 08/08/14
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Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Originally Posted By: Mike Otto
It is getting harder and harder to find property with water on it. Good job

Mike I made my own water hole because it's so hard to find one. I got lucky and had conditions just right for a pond


Edited by Pat Williamson (05/10/15 10:28 PM)

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#410834 - 05/11/15 06:01 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Duck, pumps will push water a lot further than they can lift it. The size, both HP and hose sizes, of the pump has to be determined by just how much water you need to move.
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Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

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#410835 - 05/11/15 06:01 AM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Duck, pumps will push water a lot further than they can lift it. The size, both HP and hose sizes, of the pump has to be determined by just how much water you need to move and how steep the hill is.
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It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP

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#411451 - 05/15/15 03:33 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 05/06/15
Posts: 36
Loc: SW MO
Hello Forum. I'm Jack from SW MO. Eager to learn as I begin the process of TRYING to improve my 1/4 acre pond to hopefully 1/2 acre or bigger. It'll have to be somewhat of a kidney shape, but hopefully it'll come out ok. Figured it wouldn't be added onto until Novemberish. However, I'm not sure when renovations (i.e. making a pond bigger) when the best time of year would be. I was just guessing. As a NOVICE I'm looking for advice and this is where I landed. I probably jumped the gun a little bit. I ordered 25 cc, 3 lbs FHM and 3 grass carp to put in my current 1/4 acre pond. Not sure if I'll have the funds to make the pond bigger this Fall, so I wanted to add a little big to help clean up some and just see whats going to happen when I add these to my current fishin' hole. Also, it was said that there are crappie in it when I purchased in the Fall. Have not caught 1, so I'm reluctant with that. I know that there is currently 0 catfish. Have some health bass, perch and Hyprid Blue Gill. Trying to fish out the perch, want to keep the HBG. They are very good size right now. So my question right now is: The fish that I catch from now on....Should I start keeping track of species and size? Thank you for the help and looking forward to the forums. Jack

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#411472 - 05/15/15 05:27 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 05/15/15
Posts: 1
Loc: VA Madison county
Hello Folks VA pond owner here. I'm very happy I came across this site! Looking forward to learning a few things and may be able to share some of my experiences

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#419701 - 07/28/15 12:57 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 07/25/14
Posts: 28
Loc: Colorado
I joined a year ago but never posted anything. I live in Southeast Colorado and have around 7-8 ponds but only three that hold water year round. Finally this year I'm getting around to attempting to stock one or two of them.

There aren't many fish hatcheries near by so they will have to travel around 250 miles. I ordered 200 blue gill, 200 channel cats 8-12" 2000 fhm, and 10 grass carp to start. They should be coming from Kingman, Kansas in the next week or two.

Next year I will add some lmb. I'm mainly stocking so that we can relax and fish with family and friends maybe have some friendly tournaments after branding or weaning time.

The pond I plan on stocking is roughly 300' long by 200' wide with an average depth of aroudn 4-5' the deepest being around 12'.

I have already learned a lot from the site and enjoy reading all the information. I will attempt to get some pictures of the pond and pictures of when the fish arrive and we release them into the pond.

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#419702 - 07/28/15 01:06 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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200 CC sounds like way too many for such a small pond. You will be getting muddy water soon from the CC trying to find food. I would not suggest more than 50, at most!

2000 FHM is about 2.5 pounds...might up that to at least 5# unless not adding LMB until 2017. What size /numbers of LMB are you hoping to stock? 200 BG will feed about 20 LMB pretty well. I would suggest adding about 50 Redear Sunfish also (to eat snails and reduce potential grub/parasite infestations).

Hartley's Fish Farm in Kingman has some nice fish!



Edited by Rainman (07/28/15 01:07 PM)
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#419706 - 07/28/15 01:20 PM Re: Welcome to Pond Boss [Re: Bob Lusk]
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Registered: 07/25/14
Posts: 28
Loc: Colorado
I started off with only ordering 100 cc and was told that was not enough. The pond is about 5 acre feet water from the pond calculation I did. I also have multiple ponds so can split them up between at least three ponds.

As far as LMB bass for 2016 I was only looking at 10-20 in the main pond.

I could add some redear that is a fish Hartley's have. I didn't know what their purpose was. So thank you for the information. How big do they get ? Are the a pan fish I assume?

The pond also has a lot of tadpoles and little frogs is the reason I kept the FHM numbers down. I assume they will feed on them but could be wrong.

Thank you for the insight and recommendations Rainman.

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