So beginning to see some mistakes in my structure location or at least needing much more. I will attempt to attach a picture that may oy may not easily identify structure. The bulk of the structure is brush piles, log jams and busted concrete piles. I'm seeing now that I need structure close to shore. I'm not seeing any activity around the deeper brush and all the fish seem to be relating to the shoreline. CNBG are spawning but not as prolifically as I was hoping, primarily only seeing them on the concrete chunks on the inlet spillway from 1' to 2' deep. Not seeing that many fry, the males are guarding the nest but never seem to see the fry not sure if there hiding under the rocks or not enough cover to limit predation. I know I need to add spawning areas and have the fabric but ran out of time and money before the pond filled. The pond bottom is muddy not an expert but I would say kind of a sandy loom and clay mix. From what I have read this is not ideal for spawning. I only have a few bass and unfortunately a huge spawn of BH, probably from a neighbors pond feeding into mine. I plan to stock LMB this spring hoping they will wipe out the BH. Will the CNBG start relating to the deeper brush? I thought when it got hot they would move deeper, maybe when it gets cold they will. I'm in Arkansas and would like to add some plants but don't want something that will take over the pond, Hoping someone can give advice after viewing picture with rough depth grades. Red 15' deep, Green 8 to 7', Blue 5', Yellow 4 to 2'
Without aeration or springs southern ponds stratify in summer (no Oxygen at deep depths) so fish won't go deep. They will go to deep structure from fall to late spring. The structure archive has lots of info.