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#387727 - 09/18/14 08:22 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: FireIsHot]
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Originally Posted By: FireIsHot
Brian, you did good on the Topias. You got a lot of production out of them.


Now with the cooler weather, he can get the grass seed in!! Banks are still looking a bit bare...... wink grin
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#387746 - 09/19/14 06:35 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Looking really good in the Topia's and main lake, Brian!
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#387773 - 09/19/14 11:30 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Nice work. Given tilapia reproduction and growth rates I would move as many as possible. I would leave ample for your overwinter project. They reproduce geometrically and lbs. per acre can run up quickly in conditions like the topias.
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#388410 - 09/27/14 05:07 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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I finally got a chance to take a few pictures from the air of the topias and the back waters. It provides a whole other perspective....




I now see potentials I missed before.
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#388452 - 09/28/14 06:00 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Not the way I've always pictured. Really looks great!
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#388465 - 09/28/14 11:03 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Now that's a serious pond(s) project right there and a cool pcture. Looks Awesome Brian! Just out of curiosity how long is the list now after getting the new view? smile

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#388481 - 09/29/14 07:04 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: mnfish]
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That picture is only showing about half of it. The big open water part up to the dam which is unseen in the picture is to the right.

Brian has a really nice pond and retreat.
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#388487 - 09/29/14 08:15 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Nice!!!
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#388496 - 09/29/14 09:18 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: Sunil]
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I don't know if the eggbeater was high enough for him to get everything in one picture.
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#388502 - 09/29/14 10:28 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: snrub]
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Originally Posted By: snrub
That picture is only showing about half of it. The big open water part up to the dam which is unseen in the picture is to the right.

Brian has a really nice pond and retreat.


Half? I'd say less than 10%! The place is beautiful to see from the air or at ground level!


Edited by Rainman (09/29/14 10:30 AM)
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#388505 - 09/29/14 11:10 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Thanks guys for the nice words. I was focusing on the back waters as that is where the most change is happening and I want to help it end up the way we want it. And to see the Topias from the air gives me a new perspective on the property. I also see room for expansion of the brood pond area if needed.

I love the trees in the back water and it is interesting to see how the back water matures. It is cool to see the fish use them as cover, and the birds use them to nest. Also, as the vegetation decays in the water, it is also interesting to see the habit it creates.

The list grew by at least six items..... smile
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#388509 - 09/29/14 12:08 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Here is a picture of the big pond. The Topias are in the upper lefthand area. The wood ducks tend to use the areas in the upper left and far right. While the other ducks tend to use the upper right area and sometimes use the lower right area as well. In all, We see a lot of duck on the ponds this time of the year!! I even have seen ducks on the Topias recently.


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#388541 - 09/29/14 03:02 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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AWESOME place!

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#388542 - 09/29/14 03:15 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Originally Posted By: highflyer
Here is a picture of the big pond. The Topias are in the upper lefthand area. The wood ducks tend to use the areas in the upper left and far right. While the other ducks tend to use the upper right area and sometimes use the lower right area as well. In all, We see a lot of duck on the ponds this time of the year!! I even have seen ducks on the Topias recently.



Great photo buddy!
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#388544 - 09/29/14 03:39 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Beautiful!
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#388547 - 09/29/14 04:25 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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The HighFlyer Ranch is one beautiful property!
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#388550 - 09/29/14 04:43 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Wow, just wow!!!
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#388560 - 09/29/14 08:54 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Thanks for the kind words, we are very blessed, and we work hard to improve the place all the time.

Giving back to nature is very rewarding, which everyone here knows. I am just glad we get to share it with friends and family.

It is times like these when I get to reflect on how far we have come and how lucky we have been to have the property turn out so well. I am truly at peace when I stand on the big hill and see that view, especially when we are blessed with a colorful sunset or sunrise.
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#388566 - 09/29/14 09:42 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Just beautiful Brian!

Congratulations on such a breathtaking property to have, enjoy and share!
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#388568 - 09/29/14 10:33 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: Lovnlivin]
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Brian, you seeing any more beaver activity, or was that a one shot thing?

That low road from cabin towards the dam is long gone, isn't it?
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#388585 - 09/30/14 09:45 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Scott, One more and I'm an ace,

The lower trail is gone, but it will be replaced after the pool fills. Just another item on the list... smile
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#388745 - 10/02/14 02:33 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Keep after those beaver. Beautiful picture !
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#388750 - 10/02/14 04:17 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Brian,

What is the surface areas/dimensions and depths of the topias? I just read through most the thread and didn't see them or (more likely) missed the information.

Thanks,

Michael

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#388849 - 10/03/14 03:18 PM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Michael,

Georgetopia (on the left) is 45 feet wide and around 105 feet long. The depth only needs to be around 4 feet deep, but I dug our to six feet deep to have a little extra water for the summers. The bottom of the topias are shaped like a paint tray to make it easier to seine.

Moretopia (in the middle) is also around 45 feet wide and more like 95 feet long. It is also 6 feet deep.

Extratopia ( on the right by the trees) is a little deeper, but it is teardrop shaped and around 40 feet wide and around 60 feet long.

Georgetopia and Extratopia are the best producers so far. Moretopia's feeder needs to be serviced and that might be the reason it is not producing as many fish.

Also, you need to know the water chemistry. Fertilize and feed as needed.


Brood ponds are a game changer.
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#417941 - 07/07/15 11:10 AM Re: the beach clean-up and Lake Georgetopia [Re: highflyer]
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Well after all the rain this year, we did get a chance to see how we did and what we need to adjusted.

First off, the Topias are doing well. The CNBG in Georgetopia are eating every time we throw food regaurdless of the time of day, but it is the most turbid pond on the place. Moretopia is also doing well. But Extratopia seems to be slow.

On a better note, the CNBG in the big pond are spawning like mad!! I have observed three spawns so far this summer in this area and four other areas in the pond. I am finding little BG all over the place and we have taken over 150 LBs of CC and LMB out of the big pond so far this year. Also according to my records, we are holding our LMB RWs to around 109% on average for all LMB caught over 15 inches. I have only released one 14 inch fish back into the big pond as it was also a 110% RW fish.



It is interesting to watch the LMB swim through and see if they can find a quick meal. My observations say they get one about every 5 hours or so. I do not know if they are different LMB, or the same few, but I do see two or three that look very familiar...

Here are a few of the YOY from the big pond.







On a more immediate time frame, we found this on sunday. It has to be the reason I became an ace on saturday. I see a Viking funeral fire in the future. This just has to go.



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