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Old 07-06-2007, 05:23 PM
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I've got a fish pond here at this place, but I don't have one at my new place. What I'm wondering about is: how steep could I safely make the sides of the pond without having to worry about the ground caving in? I know 45° would be fine, what sort of drop off are you guys running? My overall size should be in something in the neighborhood of 15-20 ft long x 12-15 ft wide x 4-5 ft deep. I haven't settled on a shape as of yet.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:43 PM
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Garrett, that wouldn't freeze up there. I'd just do a 2 to 1 slope on the sides. What you gonna put in it? Trout? Small trout ponds are pretty big business around here. $3 per pound ungutted.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:03 PM
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Oh yah it'll freeze over in the winter time up here, but if I constantly run an aerator I will be fine.

I'd love to go to a true trout pond, but it really should be bigger. And once I try to sell any of the trout the Ministry would be all over me and I really don’t want those hassles.

I might throw a few speckle trout in, but mainly I'm just figuring different variety of gold fish, koi and Orifs.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:18 PM
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Don't know what's up in that neck of the woods, but... the state approached me about building a pond on my property, paid for everything. ITs maybe 100 feet by 30 feet - supposedly boreal toads will find it attractive. Brook trout sure do! The state also guaranteed matching funds, or more, if I wanted a 3-4 acre pond built, to help restore native greenback cutthroat trout. Should happen in the next year or two...

Do you have enough land, and any state agencies wanting to expend their budgets so they get funding the next year like we do?!
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:27 PM
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Garett, go to Pondboss.com and talk to Bob lusk , he knows his ponds and fish.

He is a local guy and he's got one of them fishy/water ed-u-kate=shuns and loves to help people.

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Old 07-06-2007, 11:33 PM
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Oh yea , I want to say Bob said no more than 3 to 1 on the slope for erosion and safety [ so you can climb out if you fall in ] at 3 to 1 you don't have to put your beer down.

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skibum - 7/6/2007 10:18 AM

Don't know what's up in that neck of the woods, but... the state approached me about building a pond on my property, paid for everything. ITs maybe 100 feet by 30 feet - supposedly boreal toads will find it attractive. Brook trout sure do! The state also guaranteed matching funds, or more, if I wanted a 3-4 acre pond built, to help restore native greenback cutthroat trout. Should happen in the next year or two...

Do you have enough land, and any state agencies wanting to expend their budgets so they get funding the next year like we do?!
Interesting thought........I'll have to talk with Ducks Unlimited and see what they have to say.........our new property is only 1 acre



Les, thanks!.........my concern with the shallow slope is it allows footing for Grey and Blue Herrings.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:45 PM
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I have a 2 acre pond in my backyard.When I had it dug,it was 2/1.Down here in the south,ponds are called for 6' b/c of heat.I had it dug 6' half and the other half 13'.That way I don't have to run anything in the winter.My pond is stocked with bass and as ya'll northen boys call "white perch".I was told that they wouldn't get along,but after 7 years I am able to still go out and catch a ton out one or the other.Then again,all is catch and release,even 8lb bass!
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