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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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My pond guy finally made it out Saturday and worked on my watershed. He didn't get as much clearing done as I was hoping for, but I think it should help a lot. He spent about half the day clearing some areas above the sediment pond, there is a lot more that can be done there. I think the biggest help will be that he spent the other half the day cutting a channel that wrapped around to the other side of the hill. It will dump in just down from the dam.Today I looked on a property viewer website that lets me measure acreage, and it looks like I added around 2 acres to my watershed. Another good thing is a lot of it had been cleared before for a power line running to a 911 tower, and the wooded part is more open than most of my woods. I'm sure my water will be getting muddy for a while, but it will be worth it if it starts filling faster. Now I probably won't get any rain. lol!


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
Bobbss #511664 09/17/19 07:19 AM
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Bob,
I sure hope that helps! My pond has dropped about 18. We havent had a measurable rain in over a month up north. Its the same old thing. My renters beans look pretty weak. Im hoping we get some rain soon, or he will lose money.
The good news for me is the deer have been hammering the bean plants, so there should be a lot of them around come November. smile


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RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (way too many), SMB, and HSB (rumored..)
I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Thanks Jeff, July and August gave me my best rain falls of the year. September hasn't given me much of anything so far, just over a half inch.
I hope you get some up your way soon. I think there is a chance of some rain coming in the area in 4 or 5 days.


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
Bobbss #515670 01/12/20 09:14 PM
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I finally had some good rain and got good run off. My pond is finally starting to look like a pond so I thought I'd post a few pictures from yesterday. I think I have around 3' more to go, give or take a little. It always drops pretty fast after a lot of new ground goes under water for the first time so it may not be this high for long, but it sure is nice to see it near full after all this time!

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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
Bobbss #515672 01/12/20 11:03 PM
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This one is from this morning, after getting a little snow yesterday evening.

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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
Bobbss #515676 01/13/20 07:40 AM
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Looking good.

Hurry up and wait! grin

Oooohhh the anticipation of actually seeing what it looks like at full pool for the first time. wink


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
Bobbss #515679 01/13/20 08:50 AM
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Looking good Bob! We had a 2 rain in St Louis. I was hoping you got at least that much.


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I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Thanks guys! I've been waiting longer than most people have to,and I'm still not there yet. Lol! But at least it's giving me some hope. Lol! It's been about 2years and 4.5 months.
Jeff I got about 5.63" since Thursday, the biggest rain I've had since it was built.
Right now I think it is about 120' at the dam and about 230 long.


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Looking great!
Here in central MO we had approx 2+ inches over the weekend plus some snow, brought my pond up another ten inches which leaves me 10" short of full pool.
Was wondering why your pond goes back down a little after a new rain, I have been amazed at the minimal amount of fluctuation I have seen in my new pond this past summer, it didn't seem to even recede any in hot evaporation weather. I have an old survey grade stick that was damaged and I set it in the water tied to a steel post so I pretty much have right on the inch marks, and every rain it comes up x amount of inches and stays exactly there till the next rain event.


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Thanks Gehajake,I wish mine did that good! Mine has several things against it. I didn't have the best clay,some of it was pretty good but most was real rocky and a lot of it was only 25-30 percent clay. The dam seems to hold good but the bowl didn't get enough compaction. If my budget was higher, I could of done better. Then it is basically built on top of a Ozark Mountain. I'm in the 2nd highest part of the state. Wells are over 600' deep in my area, so that probably doesn't help. So far it gets better the longer it is at the same level.

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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Here is a few pictures of the first fish ever caught out of my pond. Not the best pictures, but today was more about letting my daughter catch the first fish from the pond. I don't think this is the biggest one in the pond, from what I see when I feed, but it looks like it grew pretty good to me. I stocked them last may.

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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Originally Posted by Bobbss
Here is a few pictures of the first fish ever caught out of my pond. Not the best pictures, but today was more about letting my daughter catch the first fish from the pond. I don't think this is the biggest one in the pond, from what I see when I feed, but it looks like it grew pretty good to me. I stocked them last may.

Alright Bob! That was a wooded ravine not long ago, and now you’re catching fish! Congrats! We’ve had some good rains lately, hope you’re near full, and holding.
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I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Thanks Jeff! I think there is some bigger ones but probably even more smaller ones. I don't think that many took to feeding on the pellets but it seem like more and more join in all the time. I would say the bigger ones are the ones that took to the Optimal right away.
I wish I could say the pond is holding great, but it still drops to fast. It does still seem to get a little better all the time, but the fuller it gets, the slower it is about getting better. Until this past week or so, I don't think I've had but 1 rain event since the first of January that was big enough to do much good. At least it is a lot fuller than it was this time last year. lol!


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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She seems happy and that's what matters. If the Fishman (girl) is happy what else matters. I think the higher it gets the more pressure on the leaky places.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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Thanks Rusto! She was very happy! She hasn't caught a lot of fish. It was very important to me that she caught the first fish from the new pond. It would of made me mad as hxxx, if someone else came over and caught the first fish after all the money and work I've put in it. lol! I plan to catch the 2nd one. lol!
I figure your right about the head pressure, and there is a lot more ground under water to soak it up.


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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I went over and caught my first one today. This one was a little bigger and had a little more color. I think it looks pretty good for 1 year. They are getting bigger in 1 year than I thought they would. I could be wrong, but I don't think they would be near as big without the Optimal. I still think I have some bigger.

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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Sweet it's always good when a plan starts coming together.


The people who say I can't do it can just sit the @^#% down and watch me. Friends call me Rusto I also subscribe to pond boss mag. http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=504716#Post504716
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Thank Rusto! I have to say it just really felt good to cast a pole in the pond after waiting so long.

I did more stocking today, 50 LMB, 100 YP and another 25 RES. I probably didn't need the extra RES, but since I haven't seen any since I stocked them last year, I thought I'd put a few more in just in case before the LMB get to big. I know LMB and YP don't mix real good, but I figured I'd give it a try. I figure the original stockers should do ok, if nothing else. I also figure the worse I can do is screw to whole thing up. lol!


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Re: New Pond Construction In Jefferson Co, Mo.
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Bobbss I wasnt around here when you started this project. I read the whole thread this weekend. It took a long time to get to where you are at now. They always say best things comes to those who wait. Looks like you will have an awesome spot to build. How is that coming along? Do you have a dock in the plans? I would want a long dock with a diving board. At 19 feet deep you shouldn't have to worry bout hitting bottom. Anyways congrats on the journey and hope it just keeps getting better.


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Originally Posted by RStringer
Bobbss I wasnt around here when you started this project. I read the whole thread this weekend. It took a long time to get to where you are at now. They always say best things comes to those who wait. Looks like you will have an awesome spot to build. How is that coming along? Do you have a dock in the plans? I would want a long dock with a diving board. At 19 feet deep you shouldn't have to worry bout hitting bottom. Anyways congrats on the journey and hope it just keeps getting better.
Rusto, I'm sorry, I just now saw this post. Thanks for reading my thread, and the good wishes! You are right, it took a long time to get here, and I'm still not where I want to be. lol! But I have to say that even if it was to never get better than it is now, I would rather have the pond I have, than no pond at all. House is on hold for now, but I hope it won't be to much longer. I'm thinking that I will at least build a small floating dock to make it easier to get in and out of a boat, and the pond if I swim in it. I have a pool here at the house so not real worried about swimming in it. There is a tree that overhangs it that I always thought would make a good rope swing. I have a real bad knee, so I'd have to put a brace on, and still not sure I could use it. lol! It has been some journey, at least some of it's been fun. lol!


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