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#511475 - 09/11/19 09:59 PM Water drawdown on small ponds
Fredly Offline

Registered: 09/11/19
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Loc: Illinois
I live on an approx 2 acre, stocked (LMB, Bluegill, Catfish,) pond within a subdivision in Illinois. One of the properties on the lake has a damaged retaining wall... the contractor needs to draw the pond down about a foot to repair the wall properly. The upper end is shallow, about 1 to two feet, the lower end is approx 8 - 10 feet. Was wondering if a temporary drawdown would cause any significant negative effects to the pond? We would let the run off refill the pond. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Edited by Fredly (09/11/19 09:59 PM)

#511476 - 09/11/19 10:02 PM Re: Water drawdown on small ponds [Re: Fredly]
Bill Cody Offline
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Registered: 04/18/02
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Drawdowns are a common water management tool. It concentrates the crowded prey fish allowing predators to consume a lot of the spring summer crop of small fish. It also helps control some of the shallow submerged weeds.

Edited by Bill Cody (09/11/19 10:03 PM)
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#511478 - 09/11/19 10:07 PM Re: Water drawdown on small ponds [Re: Fredly]
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Loc: Parsons KS
During droughts my pond can go down a foot. It fills right back up when the rains comes. I dont see you having a problem there. Hope it works for ya.
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#511486 - 09/12/19 07:50 AM Re: Water drawdown on small ponds [Re: Fredly]
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Registered: 05/03/14
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Loc: East Texas, USA
No expert here, but might be best not to draw down when temps are hot. Could be stressful on fish.
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#511506 - 09/12/19 04:18 PM Re: Water drawdown on small ponds [Re: Fredly]
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A draw down might also be a good time to consider digging out the shallow end if that 1 to 2 feet is very extensive. Not expert advice on my part, but free just the same.
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