BUILDING A POND – THE BASICS

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I love pond fishing.  I love it much I’ve been chased out of every private pond in three counties.  I just never seem to to notice the Posted sign!  There are a lot of ponds that aren’t posted, but I treat them all the same.  Recently, I began dreaming of creating my own pond.  

There are myriads of articles online about the subject.  I have friends who have ponds on their properties (the ones I don’t get chased out of) who talk about maintaining their pond, but they didn’t build it.  So my research began.  Hiring a pond consultant (yes, they exist) will really help if after you study it out and are serious.

First of all, you have to apply for the necessary permits.  Yea, you have to get the government’s permission to build a pond on your land.  Key word is “your.”  And you pay them a lot of money for it.  So with that sticking in my craw, I moved on the the next step.

You have to have some acreage.  You need five acres of land for every acre of water for the runoff to support your pond.  Got it.  Then, you have to consider what’s under the topsoil. Clay is necessary because it holds water.  If you don’t have it, you have to haul it in and clay is expensive.

Next, you have to draw-up a blueprint with your pond consultant, kind of like building a house.  Take into consideration the pond’s size, the bass habitat, slopes, gravel, vegetation and the like.  Then, whatever fish-food that will support the bass.  Best are bluegill,  perch, fathead minnows and shad.

So, how much money are we talking about?  For a five acre pond, you’re looking at around $25,000.  That’s an investment that will benefit your family for generations. That doesn’t include the plaque so they won’t forget your sacrifice.

A good source of research is your local office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Also Agriculture Handbook #590 and check out www.nrcs.usda.gov.  You will probably want to do what I did first and that’s Google-search “How to build a pond for articles, tips and advice.

Good luck with your pond project and don’t forget to invite me over when it’s finished!