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#486017 - 02/09/18 03:22 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
I've spent the last 2 weeks working 60-75hrs and now have the flu - we have 9" of snow on the ground and another 1-3 forecast in the next 24 hours. I was hoping to make it down there sunday to do some ice fishing
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
LMB, BG, YP, WE, HSB, RES, BCP

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#486345 - 02/20/18 11:38 AM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
I'm watching a river of rain water form in my yard now...temps have been 40+ degrees for almost 3 days and the rain is coming down in sheets. 99% of the snow melted yesterday and I wrapped up my ice fishing season on a semi-local lake. Hopefully the pond will be iced out soon so I can get back to work removing brush from the dam.
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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#486384 - 02/21/18 09:23 AM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Tayten b Offline


Registered: 12/08/17
Posts: 27
Loc: Green Bay,WI
i love this thread I really enjoy watching the progress good luck with everythig

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#486416 - 02/21/18 04:19 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
I took my youngest down to the pond today to check on things - he's home with me this week recovering from having his tonsils removed last Friday. The runoff from snow melt and 2" of rain over a 24hr period ran over the south shoreline ice. I have 2-3" of base ice, 4" of runoff water and a skim of ice from today's cold front.

I need to clean out the upstream face of my feeder creek weir - its nearly topped with sticks, mud and leaves from fall.

These are the two feeders as they confluence just upstream of my primary feeder creek weir - I'm going to add some more low head weirs one of these days to catch heavy rain sediments before reaching the pond....I wish I could just build a small sediment pond in this valley lol




You can see where the runoff ran on top of the pond ice all along the south shore on the left in these pictures




Nasty stuff


There is likely 3-6" of honeycombed ice in all other areas of the pond. The 10 day forecast has a warming trend starting tomorrow that should really start knocking down the ice if it stays sunny.
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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#486427 - 02/21/18 07:37 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
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Registered: 10/05/17
Posts: 89
Loc: Iowa
Looking good Mat. I've been in Austin, TX this week. Can't wait to get back to Iowa to assess my own ice/pond.
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#486428 - 02/21/18 08:27 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: SE Kansas
Quote: "...I wish I could just build a small sediment pond in this valley lol"

Nothing that a trackhoe couldn't fix in about a days work!
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#486453 - 02/22/18 03:23 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
John, I'm going to look into it and get some estimates this summer

J, get back home safe buddy...lots of crazy weather all over the central states lately!
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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#486829 - 03/04/18 06:24 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa


Ice is coming off nicely! Another week or two and it will be completely open! I saw some YP swimming around today in the shallows and talked to the owner of the upstream pond. His is all catfish and bluegill with 4-6lb catfish and gills topping out at 7". I'm going to provide him with some of my bass once they're above 15"
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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#487137 - 03/13/18 09:48 AM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
The ice is gone and the water looks pretty decent, not as clear as this time last year but we've had much more rain this year.





perfect picture of how the outlet from the upper pond flows through a shallow wetland and braided creek into my pond. The peninsula on the left is all sedimentation from the primary feeder creek


I'm going to start fishing the pond this week and got permission to access the pond from the upper access road (upper pond is the landowner of the access) to start hauling materials down


Edited by Matzilla (03/13/18 09:50 AM)
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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#487411 - 03/19/18 04:07 PM Re: Restoring a bluegill pond [Re: Matzilla]
Matzilla Offline


Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 252
Loc: Iowa
I spent over 8 hours at the pond with my two oldest sons Saturday clearing brush and trees from the face of the dam - it is looking much, much better but we still have a ways to go! I'm going to clear all trees 6" or less off the backside of the dam too. Most trees are honey locust and black locust...I had to drop the honey locust into the pond because it was too much of a burden to log out.







I caught a couple of bass yesterday but the bite is pretty slow. YP are cruising shallows and I had one follow the row boat for about 40'.




Edited by Matzilla (03/19/18 04:12 PM)
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1.25 acre southeast Iowa pond
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