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#500085 - 12/30/18 10:59 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 10/27/15
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Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
In the warmer months, or when we have thunderstorms as the main source of rainfall, we seem to be in a small rain shadow. There is a hill to the west and SW about six miles distant, running mostly N-S. It rises about 700-800 feet above surrounding terrain. There are other hills a bit further to the south, running E-W, that rise a little higher still. That seems small, but I really think it diminishes our warm season rainfalls that come up from the Gulf of Mexico.

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#500095 - 12/31/18 12:03 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 10/27/16
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Loc: Jefferson County Missouri
John, I've been thinking the same thing. The town I live in is called High Ridge and it didn't get it's name for nothing. It's one of the highest areas around here and I'm on the NE side of it and most of my rain comes from the S and SW.
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#500097 - 12/31/18 08:45 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 09/19/14
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Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
I picked up 5 Christmas trees off the streets. Plans are to get a few more today. I add them along the shoreline as brush piles and I also add them to a couple of poles that stand in a couple of areas in the pond that has 5' of water next to 10' drop off's. I add a tree or two to each pole every year. One thing I have seen from adding them along the shoreline is the TFS gather up around the trees during the early spring, I suspect they are spawning on the trees. I am hoping to keep my threadfins this winter but these cold rainy days we have been having could hurt my TFS survival this winter. I have also seen another spot on the banks where the Otter has been pooping. I have caught two but this one seems to have figured out where the traps are set.
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#500102 - 12/31/18 09:32 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 11/28/16
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Loc: Texas
Been gaining significantly for the past 6 weeks or so. A lot of brush clearing in the forest is paying off, there are new areas of runoff flowing into the pond. Up perhaps four feet. Still have trickles coming in from the woods. another 18 to 24 inches and we'll see how the primary overflow works!

I'm living at the pond now so I can see the runoff as it happens. Lawn areas are immediately productive and drain within minutes. I have decent Bermuda grass to manage erosion.

Forest areas must saturate, perhaps over several rain events, but then they start steady flows down each small wash. These flows may run for a week or more this time of year.

One forested hill along the pond is sand. All year it has a water table perhaps 15 feet above pond level. It seeps all year. A hole dug, even well above the pond will fill slowly. It's nice this time of year as a good looking green moss has filled in large patches and it looks great from the house.

My take away is that watershed, like our pond, is a much more complex system than most people think.
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#500106 - 12/31/18 10:26 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
We just got 1.5Ē yesterday. With the ground saturated, Iím sure itís going out my overflow pipe this morning. Iím in Arkansas with new granddaughter, so I wonít see it until later this week. I should have raised my feeder a foot or so too. I imagine the bottom of the feeder is under. Hopefully not the lower motor. Itís been a while since weíve had water going out the pipe.
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#500108 - 12/31/18 10:51 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Congrats, on the new Granddaughter smile
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#500110 - 12/31/18 11:13 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Loc: Jefferson County Missouri
Jeff, congratulations on the new Granddaughter, and the rain!I don't think I'll get as much as you did but it was raining here this morning pretty good but has slowed down now and is close to over. It all helps!
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#500111 - 12/31/18 11:27 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 2142
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
We received just under 0.8" of rain from this storm overnight until it stopped about 9 AM this morning.

The old pond is up over 15" since November, but still 18" low. The newer pond is up about 12" since November, and only needs 2" more until full pool. Runoff is still occurring.

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#500122 - 12/31/18 02:15 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: TGW1]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Originally Posted By: TGW1
Congrats, on the new Granddaughter smile


Thx. Iíd post a pic, but you guys would all be jealous. Iím told sheís the cutest one ever.. crazy just kidding..
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#500124 - 12/31/18 02:26 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: SetterGuy]
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Registered: 10/26/18
Posts: 218
Loc: NW Kansas
Originally Posted By: SetterGuy
Originally Posted By: TGW1
Congrats, on the new Granddaughter smile


Thx. Iíd post a pic, but you guys would all be jealous. Iím told sheís the cutest one ever.. crazy just kidding..

It would be fun figuring WR though! :-))
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#500129 - 12/31/18 06:08 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 07/27/10
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Shot a hog today...he was a big one

My buddy dropped him with one shot from his 30/30

I finished off the wiggly legs with AR-15

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#500138 - 01/01/19 03:28 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Dang, that is a big hog.
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#500140 - 01/01/19 07:10 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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It is.

Mark, have you been getting any hog damage, or are they just roaming at your place?
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#500155 - 01/01/19 03:04 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: FireIsHot]
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Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2607
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Nice cutters

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#500163 - 01/01/19 04:25 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: FireIsHot]
Zep Offline
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Registered: 07/27/10
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Loc: Dallas & Wills Point, Tx
Originally Posted By: FireIsHot
Mark, have you been getting any hog damage, or are they just roaming at your place?


Al so far not really any hog damage around the cabins....it seems the hogs pretty much stay down in the bottom land/woods that has a creek bed and quite a few spots with standing water after a rain for a few days. I see hog track almost always when I walk back there.
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#500165 - 01/01/19 04:46 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 697
Loc: Texas
That was a good one Mark.
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#500211 - 01/02/19 09:10 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
Dave Davidson1 Online   content
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I see tracks but have only briefly seen 2 hogs this year
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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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#500267 - 01/02/19 09:58 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Got up here late today. We had 1.5Ē rain a few days ago. It brought the pond up 5Ē, almost full. It did catch my feeder when it came up.
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#500279 - 01/03/19 09:00 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1971
Loc: West Michigan
IS the feeder OK? Maybe you can make a flotation mount in the future?
Pond looks good when it is that full!
Any activity noted?

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#500316 - 01/04/19 08:27 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2657
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
I have been there, done that when it comes to TH feeder and rising waters. I was lucky enough to get some help to move it asap. Those dam things are heavy! I wound up building a platform using some two by fours and one by six's. a mini pier so to speak. It hang's out about 3' above and over the waters edge and make's a pretty good fishing platform also.

Had another Otter in a trap, that's three along with one beaver over the past few weeks. Pond is a magnet when it comes to otters and beavers. I have to keep a close eye out along with a few traps set after seeing any signs of either.

Water is now going through the syphon at the pond. Fish are fairly active at the feeders. Want to check water temps after this past rain event.


Edited by TGW1 (01/04/19 08:44 AM)
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Outlawing guns will make a lot of us down here in the South
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#500321 - 01/04/19 09:11 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Originally Posted By: canyoncreek
IS the feeder OK? Maybe you can make a flotation mount in the future?
Pond looks good when it is that full!
Any activity noted?


It does look better, thatís for sure. I imagine the feeder is ok. The water didnít get to the lower motor. I had disconnected the battery earlier, so no water was thrown up into the feeder. There were some swirls out in the water. I did not throw any food out. It got down to 20 later that evening. I backed the feeder up the bank. Should have done it earlier, but most rains bypass our place. Another front coming through Monday. But itís just a couple inches from the pipe. If we could just get regular predicted rainfall, it would always look like this. Ha! Looking down behind the dam, thereís moisture in the old ravine bottom, but I really think itís just recent rain coming off the sides of the ravine and back of the dam. If I have a leak, itís impossible to find it. Wet spot is pooled water in the ravine, no current to it.
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#500324 - 01/04/19 09:18 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1386
Loc: NE Missouri
Tracy,
Itís amazing how much you have to deal with beavers and otters. I always think of them as mountain critters. Glad traps work on them.
Wish I could run a feeder a little longer. (When the aqua-pro is working). I just had a small amount of feed in it, so walking it up the bank on the back legs wasnít bad. When itís full, itís a two man job.
Jeff


Edited by SetterGuy (01/04/19 09:19 AM)
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4 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep.
RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.

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#500326 - 01/04/19 10:11 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: SetterGuy]
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Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2607
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Sure having a lot of cormorants feeding? They can really put away the fish. Watched one grab a oversized BG and couldnít swallow it kept diving and coming back up again. The funny thing was that an osprey dove down and stole the BG from the cormorant! Was watching with binoculars so it was really cool to see . Funny thing that 4 cormorants over 2 days died on the water..... poisoned fish maybe..... to much lead I guess.... lol

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#500336 - 01/04/19 11:38 AM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 2142
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
We received 1.28" of rain. The new pond is running over now, and the old (renovated slow leaker) is only 13" low. We'll see soon if more settling of the dam has occurred. I didn't see any fish out the spillway of the newer pond. Hopefully, the fish are staying deeper this time of year.

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#500341 - 01/04/19 02:11 PM Re: What did you do at your pond today? [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1971
Loc: West Michigan
YES!! Really glad for you John that the water is coming and the ponds are flowing over!

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