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#540675 10/16/2021 6:55 PM
by RAH
Just thought that I would share pics of my 4th pond filling along with the attached wetland, Have not even stocked predators in my 3rd pond yet. If I cannot locate pumpkinseed and blue cats by spring, I'll probably stock black crappie and CC in the 3rd pond. Will add FHM to the 4th pond in spring as well. May try a yellow lotus in the wetland area. The lavender lotus in my 3rd pond continues to struggle likely due to the clay bottom. May try grass pickerel in the 4th pond since chain pickerel is another species that is difficult to locate in Indiana. I only want species that will spawn in the ponds. I planted buttonbush seeds on the shoreline but will need to transplant emergent plants in spring if the pond fills completely.

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#540744 Oct 18th a 05:11 PM
by Pat Williamson
Pat Williamson
I have BCP in with LMB,BC,CC and BG. They have not done well in my 6 acre puddle, they definitely have not over populated. I also have golden shiners and had Shad til this last ice age in Texas. So it’s a crap shoot as to how they will do in your pond.
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#540863 Oct 22nd a 02:06 PM
by esshup
For crappie, both FHM and Golden Shiners are good forage fish, the shiners might get too large for the crappie to eat, but a few single sex LMB would take care of that problem.
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#544627 Feb 26th a 09:47 PM
by FishinRod
That is a beautiful shape and contour to Pond #4!

Here's hoping - that your grasses fill in well and your pond DOES NOT leak at all at full pool!
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#544927 Mar 7th a 04:06 PM
by FishinRod
Congrats on reaching full pool!

Hopefully, you will get a brief dry spell so you can determine if the pond has any leaks at full pool. If not, then you can go full bore on your plants!
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#544972 Mar 8th a 04:52 PM
by FishinRod
Thanks for the pics. It helps the rookies on the forum (like me), AND keeps Rusto happy!

Since you are doing your plant work over several years, would it be possible for you to document the progress of your plants?

You will be transplanting successful species from your other ponds onto virgin ground. Further, you will be leaving some open spaces for your 2023 plants. I think it would be a good experiment to see how well your "spreading plants" do in year 2 and 3.
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#545152 Mar 12th a 03:58 PM
by FishinRod
Originally Posted by RAH
Got confirmation from Jones that I can pick up a pound of FHM on the west side of Indy on their 1st "fish days" in a couple weeks to add to my 4th pond. Was 12 F this morning and will be up to 50 F tomorrow, Dang cold out their right now!

Hopefully you won't have to hand sort the FHMs to only pick the ones wearing mittens!

(Actually, it looks like a big warm up is headed your way.)
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#541102 Nov 2nd a 02:41 PM
by esshup
Originally Posted by RAH
I assume large CC might eat very large golden shiners as well?

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