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Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:55 pm 
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In the never-ending project that I call a cabin, we had a good freshwater spring on the hillside between the two bass ponds, so my buddy and I put in a third, small pond for trout over the last two evenings. Here are a few photos. It’s already starting to fill and this is the dry season here.

I’ll add a thousand or so minnows and crayfish and tadpoles now, and then stock it in the spring when the forage is established. I’ll probably cement a few old pine trees in 5 gallon cement buckets and drop them in for cover.







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Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:45 pm 
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Hey, if you can’t go to the fish, bring the fish to you! Thats going to be really nice this time next year, mike!


Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:11 am 
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Add a few Brookies.


Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:29 pm 
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Lookin' good !

Please post more pictures as it progresses.

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Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:44 pm 
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No liner? Soil looks permeable. Maybe I didn’t look closely enough.

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Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:09 pm 
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RAM wrote:No liner? Soil looks permeable. Maybe I didn’t look closely enough.

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No liner needed in this or the other two older ponds. What you see is clay soil that compacts tightly. It’s found just under the layers of topsoil and shale rock. That’s why there are so many surface springs— the rainwater can’t get past the clay. The abundance of clay is another reason there were so many brick refractories in this area of Northern West Virginia/Western Pennsylvania.

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Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:19 pm 
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reelsmith. wrote:Lookin' good !

Please post more pictures as it progresses.

Dean.


The old way of providing submerged cover for forage fish while limiting things that could snag your line is to put old pine trees in 5 gallon buckets full of rocks and use galvanized wire to secure the trees to the bucket handle. I’ll put 2-3 of these on the bottom before the pond fills.




Of course, a fish plaque in a nearby tree announces the pond.




Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:29 pm 
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The idea is to get this new pond to match the existing pond (second photo below) on the opposite side of the cabin. Recall that I posted photos of this second pond when the yellow pond lillies were in bloom this spring. It’s stocked with bluegill, large mouth bass and channel catfish.

The original pond I built in 1995 is in the background of the first picture with its small treated-lumber fishing dock that is still standing.




Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:53 pm 
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I always pre-stock the pond with two types of forage minnows (fathead and rosey red), tadpoles (grown bullfrogs will hop back home to the fish hatchery) and some crayfish and freshwater clams. I’ve always used Zetts Fish Farm in Drifting, PA. They have a great catalog.





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Thanks Mike!
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Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:56 pm 
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I put together some forage fish structures from old milk crates and small baskets loaded with a few large stones and held together with zip ties.

As you can see, the pond has risen about 16” over the weekend and the springs are running nicely into the basin. The clay dirt particulates will settle out and the water should clear in a few weeks as the level reaches the exit spillway pipe. Muddy water caused by suspended clay particles can sometimes be corrected by spreading broken bales of high quality hay or barley straw in the water around the shoreline. Acids formed during plant decay can cause clay particles to settle, but that should not be necessary here.





Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:58 pm 
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Grass came right up on the new pond dam. No rain predicted in the next week or so, and I’ll post another picture when pond is full.



Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:11 am 
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Mike,
The grass looks great. It is very important it takes a good root to hold the soil in place until the weeds can get started!


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