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#489946 - 05/11/18 12:43 PM Shallow Water Cover
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I needed to find a way to protect fry and fingerlings this fall when the shoreline plants start dying back when the water starts cooling. Most cover has to have a base, or stand of some kind, and that doesn't work well for the shoreline to 2' deep. Because of the size of my big pond, there are certain criteria I look for when I put cover out. It's got to be easy to deploy and reload, it's got to be quick and easy to build, it's got to be repeatable with resources available on my property, and it's gotta be cheap.

This is what I came up with. All it requires is hardwood and cedar limbs that I got after trimming trees, one concrete block, and 5-6' of nylon rope. $2.50 max. I used a 5/8" bit to drill holes at the base of each limb.


It's easy to set out, and should be easy to move and reload after placement. I set this one out near sliding pallets that I set out for FHM in my hatchery pond that is about to have the water level raised 2'. Once the brick was drug to the bank, I just flipped the limbs over to spread the cover evenly.



I was lucky enough to have 2 Nubian ruminants offer to help get rid of most of the leaves.

8 in the morning.


4 in the afternoon.


Here's one that I set out on the hatchery pond dam.




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Edited by FireIsHot (05/11/18 01:08 PM)
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#489949 - 05/11/18 01:07 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Looks good Al.

I've been putting cedar limbs in too...

but my financée...(who has turned into quite the fisher-woman) said "why'd ya put all these limbs in the pond along the shore I keep getting snagged on?" shocked
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#489952 - 05/11/18 01:51 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: Zep]
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but my financée...(who has turned into quite the fisher-woman) said "why'd ya put all these limbs in the pond along the shore I keep getting snagged on?" shocked


Are you going to get her a boat?

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#489953 - 05/11/18 01:57 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Mark!!! Congrats buddy!!!
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#489956 - 05/11/18 02:38 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: jludwig]
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Originally Posted By: jludwig
Are you going to get her a boat?


jludwig I may have to....

A couple of Sundays ago at the cabin....she gets out a bed at 6:30AM....still asleep in a fog I say "where you going?".....she stated "I'm headed down to the lower pond to fish at sun-up"

I am shocked...because this girl I've known for 13 years was not on my radar as someone that would ever enjoy fishing.....

After a few casting lessons...which I believed at the time was just her being nice
she now fishes at the pond more than I do!

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#489959 - 05/11/18 02:47 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Mark!!! Congrats buddy!!!


Thanks Al....got engaged in Vegas on Valentine's Day

Known her for a long time..and yes I am "robbing the cradle"





ps: Al sorry for thread drift...back to structure!
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#489981 - 05/12/18 09:37 AM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Congrats Mark. She’s cuter than you. That’s good.
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#489986 - 05/12/18 10:43 AM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Thanks Dave. She sure is. I was thinking I'd probably not ever get married again. Nobody can say she was a "rebound" since I waited 26 years to get re-married.
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#490006 - 05/12/18 05:34 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: Zep]
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Nice "catch" Zep!

The snags, er I mean "cover" branches look ok too. grin
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#490045 - 05/14/18 10:03 AM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Mark, don't worry about a hijack. You getting married is better news than a pile of sticks getting thrown in the water.
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#490055 - 05/14/18 12:33 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Nice sweater, Mark. Oh, and congrats!

Al - great thread!
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#490067 - 05/14/18 05:49 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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I was lucky enough to have 2 Nubian ruminants offer to help get rid of most of the leaves.

8 in the morning.


4 in the afternoon.


Hey Al,

Do you even have to mow any more?

Them's critters were busy! smile
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#490088 - 05/15/18 09:25 AM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Keith, they won't touch bermuda grass. They're a tad spoiled.
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#500443 - 01/07/19 11:45 AM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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I finally finished up placing most of the remaining limbs in the pond this morning. Due to the lack of my creativity, I've named these limb bundles brush spiders, primarily because all the bundles have 8 limbs. Any more than that, and the bundle gets to heavy to easily move.

The final placement isn't set yet because the siphon's been running off and on for the last month, and I'll finish up when the water level returns to normal. Best I can remember, I wound up placing 25-30 bundles in the pond, so 200-250 limbs were used. All limbs were water oak or hackberry, because that's what the goat's liked to eat.

Cedars will be added to these piles this winter.

The first two pics are of a finished brush pile on a shallow water point. It covers 20'X40' area, and will be adjacent to a patch of hybrid lilies. Cover and summertime shade.




These pics are of 3 brush piles that were placed in a CNBG preferred spawning flat. It was hard to get a pick of all three, but they're in 6" to 3' of water, and abut 15' apart. They were placed adjacent to hybrid lilies, reeds, and water primrose.







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Edited by FireIsHot (01/07/19 11:52 AM)
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#500452 - 01/07/19 04:14 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Awesome! So you aren't afraid the brush might interfere with CNBG spawning?
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#500456 - 01/07/19 06:31 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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anthropic, not where I put them. The pond's still 8-10" over full pool, and when the water settles, that area has primrose and lilies already there. I wanted to provide cover for those fish when all the plants have died back for the winter. Anything else is a bonus.

I'll put more on the dam, and those will be a little deeper and more compact.
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#500457 - 01/07/19 06:48 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Looks great Al....I love the look of brush in the water in the morning

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#500459 - 01/07/19 07:11 PM Re: Shallow Water Cover [Re: FireIsHot]
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Good example of a small area of fish refugia. Hopefully ewest can get these pictures in the Archives Structure thread.


Edited by Bill Cody (01/07/19 07:12 PM)
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