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#501495 - 02/04/19 12:02 AM Re: New Family member [Re: Bill D.]
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Beautiful dog! Now my wife wants one... wink
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#501823 - 02/09/19 09:33 PM Re: New Family member [Re: anthropic]
Bill D. Offline


Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Boone County Illinois
Originally Posted By: anthropic
Beautiful dog! Now my wife wants one... wink


Get her one! We are having a great time with Cocoa. Only 15 weeks old so everything is a new experience for her. Been spending time training her and she is a quick learner. No big problems....if you don't count the big house plant she shredded! wink
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#501826 - 02/09/19 09:41 PM Re: New Family member [Re: Bill D.]
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Just reward her with praise and a treat everytime she chases a goose or GBH. You might have to demonstrate the practice the first couple times.


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#502351 - 02/22/19 06:55 PM Re: On Mutt Pond [Re: Bill D.]
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That's the plan Bill. So far, she seems to be really enjoying being trained and catches on fast. I hope she catches on as fast once the geese, GBH, etc show up cause this old man chasing geese to demonstrate will not be a great example! laugh
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#502354 - 02/22/19 08:13 PM Re: On Mutt Pond [Re: Bill D.]
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I bet she will catch on real quick. Pretty dog.
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#502366 - 02/23/19 08:32 AM Re: On Mutt Pond [Re: Bill D.]
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I bought a yellow lab a few years ago, with hopes of training him to be a duck/goose dog. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the breeding or "want to". The only thing he'll retrieve is his teddy bear when we get home and let him in the house. He doesnt even like the water...lol. Luckily, we only see an occassional crane, egret, or GBH, because none of the dogs pay much attention to them.
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#504136 - 04/08/19 08:31 PM Update 2019 [Re: Bill D.]
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Well the winter has been interesting to say the least. Had a few days -30F+. Ice was 18 inches plus. My AirMax aeration opened a hole though when we had 15 inches of snow on top of that! The ice went out a couple weeks back and approximately half the pond is covered in FA mats. What a mess! I sprayed some areas with Cutrine Plus yesterday and today but I suspect the water temp is too cold to really have much impact. I ordered a pool noodle to strap on my weed rake to give it some buoyancy so I can toss it out and try to get most of this crap off. I also ordered some copper sulfate crystals for follow-up treatment. Anybody else seeing a lot more FA this spring than usual?

The good news is fish hitting the surface everywhere and no signs of any winter killed! smile


Edited by Bill D. (04/08/19 09:10 PM)
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#504335 - 04/13/19 08:41 PM Re: Update 2019 [Re: Bill D.]
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Registered: 04/15/13
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Loc: illinois
Seems my FA took off a bit early this year too Bill. I was lazy about putting in the pond dye but it looks like it has stopped the new floating mats since the dye went in. Think I got it before it got bad enough to need spraying. I don't mind a little around the edge to give FHM and other critters something to hides in.


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#504452 - 04/17/19 06:47 AM Re: Update 2019 [Re: Bill D.]
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Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Boone County Illinois
Poppy,

We've considered pond dye but are concerned what it will do to the bottom of the food chain.

This is the most FA we've ever had by far. My bride and I are working on getting the mats removed and will follow up with a copper sulfate treatment. I think I've read here that Alum might help. Anybody have any experience with using Alum to fight FA?
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#504869 - Yesterday at 08:02 PM SMB recruit? [Re: Bill D.]
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Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Boone County Illinois
My youngest son and a couple of his buddies went fishing a couple nights ago in between thunderstorms. My son's buddy, Justin, caught this little smallie. What do you guys think. Could this be a recruit from a 2016 or 2017 spawn?





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#504870 - Yesterday at 08:44 PM Re: SMB recruit? [Re: Bill D.]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2648
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
Tell him good job Bill! Bet it is a recruit

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#504880 - Today at 08:17 AM Re: SMB recruit? [Re: Bill D.]
Bill D. Offline


Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5806
Loc: Boone County Illinois
Thanks Pat. I will tell him.

I'm not sure this is a recruit. Maybe just a male? It does not look gravid in the photo. SMB in our pond face a lot of competition from LMB and WE at the dinner table so I expect slower growth than a pond with only SMB as the top predator.
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