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JF    Posted 03-28-2004 at 19:51:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looking for some ideas for a stucture in a pond for the minnows to hide and reproduce.
Have a few in mind,but would like to hear of some that have been in use,Other than trees.
At 6 to 9 dollars a pound it can get expensive.
Thanks.


Bradford    Posted 03-30-2004 at 20:58:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Take two plastic milk crates tie them together open end to open end with a non rusting wire and weigh them dowm.


JF    Posted 03-29-2004 at 15:34:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lot of good ideas,Thanks for the responses.
They are up and eating now,actually caught about ten bass today.
Now have to go shopping and get them built and in before the minnows arrive.
Thanks again.


Reido in MO    Posted 03-29-2004 at 11:26:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always thought about, but have not yet tried, some rolls of old woven wire fencing that I removed. Any thoughts?


Texas    Posted 03-29-2004 at 04:14:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Concrete cinder blocks work well. Or large rip rap rocks.


naz    Posted 03-29-2004 at 03:20:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi JF,
Try to avoid heavy metals in your pond for growing fish.Zinc leached from pipes etc. can cause high mortality in fish at very low levels.
I worked in a trout hatchery for several years and we had to use other materials for piping,screening etc.(plastic,fiberglass,wood-not pressure treated)we couldn't even use galv. nails on our floating gang planks around the ponds.Anyone starting a pond for grow out of fish should check out Fish Hatchery Managment by U.S.fish and wildlife.Very informative on water quality to designs and type of requirements for selected species..It's not just for hatchery's.
Hope this helps.


Doug in Kansas    Posted 03-28-2004 at 22:20:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
JF,

Just had a pond dug last year and have spent considerable time researching the best structures. Pallets sunk in a shallow area (2-3 feet of water) allow minnows (Fatheads in my case) an area to reproduce without predator fish eating them. They will lay their eggs in relative safety on the underside of the pallets and you can still fish over and around without much risk of snags. Also, old tires work great. The traditional wisdom is Chrsitmas trees, stumps, etc. While this may work fine, the snag aspect kept me from "junking up the pond.

Good luck and good fishing,

Doug


big fred    Posted 03-28-2004 at 21:52:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see where the British just sunk a battleship to act as a manmade reef. How big is this pond?


Taylor Lambert    Posted 03-28-2004 at 20:12:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I built a few boxes out of zinc coated wire a few years ago for a friends pond . It had 1x1 and 1x2 net wire panels and a sold top to knock out the sun some also had branches in t hem to. they worked well.


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