Pond Boss Magazine
https://www.pondboss.com/images/userfiles/image/20130301193901_6_150by50orangewhyshouldsubscribejpeg.jpg
Advertisment
Newest Members
etx-pond-c, Painterpond, Energymble, Kendal, BoomerTC35D
18,534 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums36
Topics41,019
Posts558,559
Members18,535
Most Online3,612
Jan 10th, 2023
Top Posters
esshup 28,606
ewest 21,513
Cecil Baird1 20,043
Bill Cody 15,160
Who's Online Now
1 members (anthropic), 232 guests, and 256 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#288033 04/16/12 06:48 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 20
E
Elsie H Offline OP
OP Offline
E
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 20
Hi everyone. I have just built a 1.5 acre pond in my back yard. I only have 30" of water so far and it's been dry here for weeks. Patients is a virtue. smile
LCH


Thanks,
LCH
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,763
Likes: 34
J
Offline
J
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 1,763
Likes: 34
We built a pond Labor Day weekend 2010 and it just recently filled up. It will fill up with time.

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 10,458
Likes: 2
C
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Hall of Fame
Lunker
Offline
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Hall of Fame
Lunker
C
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 10,458
Likes: 2
Welcome to the forum Elsie. What are your plans for the pond? What species of fish are you thinking of stocking?

Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 20
E
Elsie H Offline OP
OP Offline
E
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 20
Thanks for the warm welcome.

I'm undecided on what kind of fish to stock. Being a typical midwest farmboy I tend to think of BG, LMB, Crapie, and Catfish for a little "fishin hole". And of course minnows. But after reading many, many, many posts here and reading some books at the library I may be changing my mind. The local birds may provide some species of aquatic life that I cannot immediately control - so, who knows?

My goal is to have a place for the grandkids to fish and swim when they come to visit. Also, since I'm an outdoors type of guy and I love nature, it will be nice to have a place on our own property to sit and observe wildlife of all sorts.

There are thousands of farm ponds here in our neck of Indiana and I don't think people around here NEED another little fishing spot. So I have been considering the purchase of several cane poles for the kids to use and not allowing any type of rods-n-reels, lures, or live bait (other than worms) near my pond. My compost piles are teeming with earthworms so bait may not be an issue.

At the rate that my pond if filling I have time to learn more about pond maintenance and what kind of fish to have here. I'm curious to see if anybody here has bluegill-only ponds. Or if species diversity is important.

I got lots to learn,
LCH

Last edited by Elsie H; 04/17/12 04:09 AM.

Thanks,
LCH
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 28,606
Likes: 861
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Offline
Moderator
Ambassador
Field Correspondent
Lunker
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 28,606
Likes: 861
Elsie:

Welcome. There's a LOT of reading to do here!

Search the archives, especially for the commonly used acronyms. We use a lot of them here instead of the whole fish name. Bluegill (BG) need a predator to keep their numbers in check or they will overpopulate and stunt. Largemouth Bass (LMB) are good for that. But, you are the ultimate predator, and need to remove some LMB every year or they will eat themselves out of house and home, eventually stunting also.

Or, you could go with a put-n-take fishery with Hybrid Striped Bass (HSB) Hybrid Bluegills (HBG) and if you want, Channel Catfish (CC). The HBG will reproduce, but not to the extent of regular BG, and the HSB should be able to keep up with the offspring. It would be better to feed in that pond if you want to maximize the fish growth. I would also stock Fathead Minnows (FHM) as soon as there is water in the pond. They will be the primiary food source for the fish that you stock. If you go the hybrid route, I'd also look at the pros and cons of stocking Golden Shiners (GSH) too. Keep track of what fish were removed from the pond, and restock those fish on a yearly or bi-yearly basis.

Birds stocking the pond (I believe) is an old wives tale. I'll bet there are many, many more cases of flood waters (even a large rain event that lets water flow over the ground) and people dumping fish into a pond with a bucket than by any other "natural" means.


www.hoosierpondpros.com


http://www.pondboss.com/subscribe.asp?c=4
3/4 to 1 1/4 ac pond LMB, SMB, PS, BG, RES, CC, YP, Bardello BG, (RBT & Blue Tilapia - seasonal).

Link Copied to Clipboard
Today's Birthdays
Bonvillian, lownums, Skywave
Recent Posts
Stocking a new 17 acre, 25 ft deep pond in KC, MO
by fletchccc - 05/20/24 12:05 AM
What did you do at your pond today?
by Boondoggle - 05/19/24 04:54 PM
Spillway recovery from record rains
by Boondoggle - 05/19/24 04:37 PM
TadpolePalooza!
by Boondoggle - 05/19/24 11:20 AM
Can a pond lose just one species of fish?
by FishinRod - 05/19/24 09:06 AM
Trapping the Crays
by Boondoggle - 05/18/24 05:17 PM
What Kind of Moss?
by FishinRod - 05/18/24 04:37 PM
Spotfin Shiners - Habitat, Cover and Structure
by canyoncreek - 05/17/24 11:57 AM
recommendations for northern YP/SMB/BT pond
by H20fwler - 05/17/24 10:51 AM
Bird Deter for patio furniture....
by Energymble - 05/17/24 04:46 AM
BG sex?
by Bill Cody - 05/16/24 08:50 PM
Spawn Identification
by Fishingadventure - 05/16/24 05:03 PM
Newly Uploaded Images
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
Eagles Over The Pond Yesterday
by Tbar, December 10
Deer at Theo's 2023
Deer at Theo's 2023
by Theo Gallus, November 13
Minnow identification
Minnow identification
by Mike Troyer, October 6
Sharing the Food
Sharing the Food
by FishinRod, September 9
Nice BGxRES
Nice BGxRES
by Theo Gallus, July 28
Snake Identification
Snake Identification
by Rangersedge, July 12

� 2014 POND BOSS INC. all rights reserved USA and Worldwide

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5