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    Quote Originally Posted by shootbrownelk View Post
    A few Tiger Muskies to keep the bass, perch & crappies in check & prevent stunting.
    Since the pond is smaller than originally expected I hoping I keep them in check myself by using a deep fryer on the weekends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncosfan View Post
    Since the pond is smaller than originally expected I hoping I keep them in check myself by using a deep fryer on the weekends.
    You will be surprised if it is productive.

    A friend has a much smaller shaded spring fed pond full of trout. He feeds them with dog food (not my choice) and the water boils with fish. Some of the fish are 20".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    You will be surprised if it is productive.

    A friend has a much smaller shaded spring fed pond full of trout. He feeds them with dog food (not my choice) and the water boils with fish. Some of the fish are 20".
    Talking with the hatchery they told me to start feeding about a month after stocking. One thing they stressed was not to overfeed. They also told me to use a good quality feed such as Purina Fish Food. They told me most of the cheaper store brands are grain based and the bass won't eat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncosfan View Post
    Talking with the hatchery they told me to start feeding about a month after stocking. One thing they stressed was not to overfeed. They also told me to use a good quality feed such as Purina Fish Food. They told me most of the cheaper store brands are grain based and the bass won't eat it.
    My friends trout pond got dog food. He had bookies and rainbows. It was 2000' elv and shaded, fresh spring fed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    THEY eat good too if you KNOw to fillet then
    That's why I suggested them, they're sterile too and will keep excess numbers of panfish & stunted bass in check without reproducing themselves.

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    Is the pond going to be deep enough to prevent winter freeze out Bronco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootbrownelk View Post
    Is the pond going to be deep enough to prevent winter freeze out Bronco?
    Our deepest depth with be 12" close to the dam end and it will slope upward toward the opposite end until it gets a few inches at the edge. If our dam goes above 14' we have the have to get the Army Corp of Engineers involved. I'm not familiar with a winter freeze out so to speak. Although we get lots of very cold winter weather ponds usually don't freeze over until Mid January-February. Most of the time enough to walk on for a few weeks. I'm familiar with a term winter fish kill. Which really doesn't have to do with depth but more about lack of oxygen because snow piles up on the ice. Prevents light from getting in. So to help prevent a winter fish kill we will be erecting a 20' or 24' windmill for aeration.

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    So I figure we got 1000 gallons plus in the pond now after our rainy weekend. I figure a lot of the rain got soaked up by the clay since its been really dry. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncosfan View Post
    So I figure we got 1000 gallons plus in the pond now after our rainy weekend. I figure a lot of the rain got soaked up by the clay since its been really dry. Click image for larger version. 

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    While you still can --- pound in a height / depth stake ---- ?

    2" X 2" aluminum wont warp over the years --

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricekila View Post
    While you still can --- pound in a height / depth stake ---- ?

    2" X 2" aluminum wont warp over the years --
    II was trying to figure out what to use. Thanks for the idea.

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