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#510642 - 08/22/19 02:33 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 437
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Sure am glad to hear that your dam held up! Whew!

It has been a funky year for rainfall. Here in central Iowa, May got 13 inches (normal is 5), June got 9 ( normal is 4.5), July was typical (4) and August was dry....until 4 days ago, when we got 4 inches in one shot, and 2 more 48 hrs later. My pond had evaporated down as expected during the dry July and Aug weather, but she's topped up again now! I had the 'iced coffee' colored water for 2 months (May and June) and it's back to that again. Main positive from this colored water was the effect on my FA. My pond has the least FA we've seen in the past 4 years. We have kept using pond dye this summer, once the water cleared up and spot sprayed and raked.

I am hoping that you kept more of your mature fish than you know. I know electro surveys can be a bit pricey, but maybe it would be helpful in developing the management plan going forward? I am likely going to get one next spring, to see now my 2017 stockers are progressing.
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#510645 - 08/22/19 02:39 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. [Re: DrLuke]
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Registered: 10/26/18
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Loc: NW Kansas
Originally Posted By: DrLuke
Sure am glad to hear that your dam held up! Whew!

It has been a funky year for rainfall. Here in central Iowa, May got 13 inches (normal is 5), June got 9 ( normal is 4.5), July was typical (4) and August was dry....until 4 days ago, when we got 4 inches in one shot, and 2 more 48 hrs later. My pond had evaporated down as expected during the dry July and Aug weather, but she's topped up again now! I had the 'iced coffee' colored water for 2 months (May and June) and it's back to that again. Main positive from this colored water was the effect on my FA. My pond has the least FA we've seen in the past 4 years. We have kept using pond dye this summer, once the water cleared up and spot sprayed and raked.

I am hoping that you kept more of your mature fish than you know. I know electro surveys can be a bit pricey, but maybe it would be helpful in developing the management plan going forward? I am likely going to get one next spring, to see now my 2017 stockers are progressing.


I work directly with KDWP so if I want to shock, I put the shocker boat on and just do it..:-))
Temps are still up at a point I don't like to handle fish if possible but when it gets down to upper 60's this is an option.
Our highs are forecasted in the mid 70's next week with lows into upper 40's so that may happen sooner than I thought.
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#510733 - 08/25/19 11:23 AM Re: New Pond in NW KS. [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 08/20/04
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Iíve been watching this last round of storms down there. Hoping a couple of those big rains slid east of you.
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#510736 - 08/25/19 01:19 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 10/26/18
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Loc: NW Kansas
We had another 1.5 2 nights ago but missed the big stuff.
Pond did come up about 6" but that's normal. I don't see much for rain in extended forecast but highs in the low 70's and low's down in the 40's forecasted so not sure how my tilapia will fair. I don't think I'm going to need to worry about FA again this year, water was 72 yesterday evening..
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#510739 - 08/25/19 04:01 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 06/06/18
Posts: 220
Loc: Parsons KS
Kansas has taking a beating this year with all the massive rains. Hopefully you will have a good turn out and not have lost many. Good luck I hoping for a mild winter myself.
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#510740 - 08/25/19 04:15 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. (The end of..) [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 10/27/15
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Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
The big rains missed us again today. Not a drop fell here. Low ponds. We did get enough small rains last week to re-green the hayfield and lawns that were browning. We have not had any rain with run-off since June 24. Some places relatively nearby have had over 6 inches in the past two weeks. The weather site I belong to acknowledged we could be in a rain shadow.
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#510741 - 08/25/19 04:26 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. (The end of..) [Re: Snipe]
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Registered: 06/06/18
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Loc: Parsons KS
If it starts to sprinkle here they put up flash food warnings. The ground has been pretty soaked all summer. No where for the water to go. I have a small creek in my backyard. It normally is dry most of the year. It has had running water for months now.
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#510748 - 08/25/19 10:06 PM Re: New Pond in NW KS. (The end of..) [Re: Snipe]
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Loc: Parsons KS
This is the creek that for most of the year is dry. This year it has been from 3 inches to 4 feet deep and never been dry.


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