Pond Boss Magazine
http://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
Casey Harrison, Johnnync, jbeard82, Chuck Cook, Arrowstar
15484 Registered Users
Forum Stats
15485 Members
36 Forums
35683 Topics
486326 Posts

Max Online: 1039 @ 03/28/13 02:44 PM
Top Posters
esshup 24027
Cecil Baird1 20043
ewest 19373
Dave Davidson1 13424
Bill Cody 12398
Who's Online
11 registered (Redonthehead, KRM1985, John Drummond, hobbyman, Rick O, TGW1, NEDOC, Engr. Mahfuzur, Clay N' Pray, Pat Williamson, RAH), 176 Guests and 467 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
#490181 - 05/16/18 11:30 PM asking for some pond advice
Waterman74 Offline


Registered: 05/16/18
Posts: 10
Loc: FL
Good evening,

Hello, Last year I bought a house in south central FL that has a small pond next to it, and I've been meaning to maximize it... my goals would be to have it where I can catch some bass, and bluegill and harvest a few every now and then.

The pond is right at .25 acre and 10-12' deep.... I have thrown a cast night a few times and got nothing, but that might not mean anything... I have plenty of mosquito minnows, and I know I have a very healthy population of hoplo catfish, which is a fairly recent invasive species that not many, if any studies have been done. I also have a few softshell turtles and at least one hard shell turtle. I have recently added 5 largemouth bass between 10-12" long and from the strikes I've seen recently, they are surviving. I also have a very healthy population of leopard frogs, which I take as a good sign. I have tried all manner of small lures, live worms, and bread and have caught nothing, so I assume that there is very little or no gamefish. The pond does have algae and is not very clear... I plan to aerate soon and was hoping for some advice.

Here are my short term plans... please tell me if I'm going wrong.
-Buy an aerator.. thinking the Hakko HK40L.
- Adding more bass and maybe a couple Florida gar, (I can can remove those later, I've also heard they are good eating but never tried them).
-Adding some bream after I get the hoplo's under control. I want the bass to eat the hoplo's if they will, and I think they will, they only get to about 6-8" and only live 4 years, so I'm hoping I can control or eliminate them through predation).
-Planting or seeding some water lilys, and hope they don't take over.


I also have 3 cows that have access to the pond and that will not change, they only go into the pond during that hottest months, I also have a well that has a pipe to the pond and I can raise the level of the pond during the dry season.

Here are some pics of the pond.


Attachments
pond 1.jpg (65 downloads)
pond 2.jpg (59 downloads)


Top
#490193 - 05/17/18 11:25 AM Re: asking for some pond advice [Re: Waterman74]
ewest Offline
Moderator
Hall of Fame 2014

Lunker

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 19373
Loc: Miss.
Welcome to PB posting.

I assume you decided not to kill off the pond and start over.
Assuming you ruled out that option then putting in the LMB will act as predation on the small catfish. Given those size fish I would add some advanced sized BG (over 5 inches) both male and female. Up to 100 would help. Adult RES would also be a good addition. You may need some structure to help the yoy BG. Be careful of adding low DO well water.
_________________________















Top
#490199 - 05/17/18 01:04 PM Re: asking for some pond advice [Re: Waterman74]
Waterman74 Offline


Registered: 05/16/18
Posts: 10
Loc: FL
Thanks for the response.. you are correct, I'd rather not kill everything and start over, even though that would probably be easier... I built a Venturi for the well pipe, so that should help with the DO, when running the pump, not often.. I'll try to find a source for BG... But I maybe bucket stock for now, unless I find something close I can drive too... Shipping is crazy on live fish.

Top
#490200 - 05/17/18 01:07 PM Re: asking for some pond advice [Re: Waterman74]
Waterman74 Offline


Registered: 05/16/18
Posts: 10
Loc: FL
I think I may try the Eco 5 pump that some DIYers have used... Can someone recommend a diffuser for this pump?

Top

Today's Birthdays
Collette Slough, Dan Raney, JHFV
Recent Posts
Bluegill bait that floats
by KRM1985
0 seconds ago
Longview/Marshall area trappers?
by TGW1
44 minutes 18 seconds ago
DIY Pond Deicer vs Aeration
by Esox
Today at 12:19 AM
8 acre pond at 10,000' - lots of aeration ?s
by highflyer
Yesterday at 11:22 PM
New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
by Bobbss
Yesterday at 09:43 PM
Stocking bullheads and other low DO fish
by Mike Whatley
Yesterday at 09:13 PM
Very small pond renovation...
by Swamp_Yankee
Yesterday at 08:12 PM
Another plant ID please
by Pat Williamson
Yesterday at 07:58 PM
What did you do at your pond today?
by tommyt
Yesterday at 06:27 PM
Please Help Select Site Central NC
by Johnnync
Yesterday at 06:25 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
CNBG
My Best Longear so far
Help ID this fish
Crayfish monster.
Turkey Pics
Question on pond draining

2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide