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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #529821 01/19/21 11:42 PM
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Bluegill, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead? Good job!!!


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #532999 03/29/21 09:30 AM
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My sons and I were able to do quite a bit of culling over the winter and made a couple brush piles out of a very large deadfall that came down on the ice.
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I can now anchor the row boat and knock off small black crappie from the brush piles - they are "open" enough that LMB can ambush prey easily


I went down to the pond last night and knocked off a few bluegill and black crappie to feed to the raccoons - once the curly leaf sets in the black crappie are much easier to catch and cull, they're pushing bait toward shore in the mornings and evenings now.
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Water is 2' over normal due to a 10' rotten log being wedged in the outlet pipe haha that was a fun one to get out! Gotta love the water quality early in the spring - clear water, curly leaf is about to start sprouting, nice algae bloom starting to kick off, had a pair of wood ducks on the water when I made the hike down


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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Been teaching my youngest to fish a top water frog for bass lately - yesterday he had 10+ blow ups, 2 hook ups and 1 to the boat smile Bass population is doing awesome! As much as I would like to have a trophy bluegill pond - the kids have just as much fun catching some big largemouth!!!

We are in the middle of a drought locally so water quality is excellent (4-5' of visibility), FA is dwindling but still carrying a nice green shade bloom. Bout time to start running the cloverleaf trap again

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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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Matt, that boy is the best reason to have a pond.


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #536837 06/22/21 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Matzilla
We are in the middle of a drought locally so water quality is excellent (4-5' of visibility).

I think you want between 18-30" of visibility. 48-60" is probably a sign that your water is infertile (someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm still learning about fertilization).


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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Originally Posted by Steve_
Originally Posted by Matzilla
We are in the middle of a drought locally so water quality is excellent (4-5' of visibility).

I think you want between 18-30" of visibility. 48-60" is probably a sign that your water is infertile (someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm still learning about fertilization).


Or there is a dense weed population that is utilizing the nutrients before the phytoplankton can get going.


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Originally Posted by esshup
Originally Posted by Steve_
Originally Posted by Matzilla
We are in the middle of a drought locally so water quality is excellent (4-5' of visibility).

I think you want between 18-30" of visibility. 48-60" is probably a sign that your water is infertile (someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm still learning about fertilization).


Or there is a dense weed population that is utilizing the nutrients before the phytoplankton can get going.

kinda both - the inlet to the pond is a bit of a wetland, which has transitioned over the last 5 years from 90% bull tongue/10% grass to 80% tall grasses. The grasses do a great job of controlling the silt coming down the feeder creeks and outlet from the pond above. They also seem to pull a lot more nutrients than the bull tongue. These years with little rain = huge curly leaf pondweed stands. Unusually high spring temps killed off the curly leaf a bit early. Result, I have some very clear (relative) early summer water. We got over an 1" of rain last night and about 3" in the forecast for the next 5 days. The downfall to the clarity, I have a GBH that is on the pond daily and the BG beds are deeper than I've ever seen - 4-5' on the downward slope of the shoreline which makes it hard to gauge the size/numbers. Hence, I need to get the cloverleaf going to get a decent survey.


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