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Old 04-09-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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Kind of.

A good friend is building a lake on his place and we're busy trying to make it heaven on earth for bass and fisherman alike. Unfortunately I lost a phone with all the dirt work pictures, but we had the dirt guy run the dozer up the three drainage courses entering the main body to create a hard 3-4' channel drop all the way up each one. Also added a bunch of humps and mounds around the deeper sections so we can have some varying depth to target through the year.

Now we're busy filling it with as much structure as we can possibly get. Dale made us a great deal on some old flue tile and you'll see it scattered about around the lake as fish condos. We've got about 7' of water to go and we're scrambling to finish up the brush piles, heavy rock, and pea gravel before the (fingers crossed) spring rains fill her up.

A quick overview from the ****
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Looking towards the ****
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Looking towards the shallows
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Heavy brush windrows in the middle of the lake are in about 5-9 feet of water now. You can see a few of the humps that the dirt guy create off the channels he dug.
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Fish Condos courtesy of Dale Mo.
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Start of the dock.
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I missed the last work weekend, but they got a bunch more brush and big trees drug into it. One bonus to cutting brush and trees for fish habitat.... more food plots. I'll try to snap a few more pics next time I'm out.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:50 PM   #2
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Thats awesome it looks really nice!
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:30 PM   #3
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Looks great! Looks like a duck hunters dream as well.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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Looks great! I did some similar things with a couple I had dug last year, was going to do some more, but 3 heavy rains, about 15 inches in 2 weeks beat me to it
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:20 PM   #5
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Appreciate the kind words. He's put a ton of time and thought into it. If anybody has some suggestions bring 'em on.

Myway, you've got good eyes. Working on this lake is just an excuse to get us to November.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:21 PM   #6
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Looks great! I did some similar things with a couple I had dug last year, was going to do some more, but 3 heavy rains, about 15 inches in 2 weeks beat me to it
Hard to be upset about good rain, but that's our hope and fear at this point in time. Anything you wish you'd done different, more, less on yours?
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:43 PM   #7
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Are you anchoring the brush?
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:46 PM   #8
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This is a bass fisherman dream come true. You have a target rich enviroment to pitch a jig in. Post up some pics when this is full, this looks great. Any fish been stocked yet?
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:48 PM   #9
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How many acres is it?
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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Sweet!
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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Are you anchoring the brush?
The big stuff no, it stays down all right on its own. The little stuff that's used for minnow habitat early on has a cinder block in the middle of it.

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This is a bass fisherman dream come true. You have a target rich enviroment to pitch a jig in. Post up some pics when this is full, this looks great. Any fish been stocked yet?
Thanks. I'll grab a few pics next time I'm out to show the progress, and then again when it is full. Forage fish have been released, but not sure how many and of what. I'll find out.

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Should be 7 acres when it is full. Hard to tell from my pictures, but there is enough of a channel that we should be able to pull the "kids" on tubes when it is full.

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Thanks. It will be a while, but can't wait to haul a few lunkers out as it matures.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:22 PM   #12
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:27 PM   #13
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Pray for rain!!! for everyone in Texas not just this Bad *** fishing hole.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:37 PM   #14
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This is a bass fisherman dream come true. You have a target rich enviroment to pitch a jig in. Post up some pics when this is full, this looks great. Any fish been stocked yet?
They stocked 2800 blue gill 1-3", 700 red ear 1-3" 150 red ear 3-5". Shad will come later this month with the Bass sometime around June.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:51 PM   #15
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They stocked 2800 blue gill 1-3", 700 red ear 1-3" 150 red ear 3-5". Shad will come later this month with the Bass sometime around June.
Great plan
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:06 PM   #16
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Looks like a great duck hole.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:09 PM   #17
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Awesome looking pond! I'm digging one this summer but not as big as yours.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:18 PM   #18
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This one is for Dale. A close up of the fish Condos.

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Old 04-09-2014, 05:45 PM   #19
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Looks great! Looks like a duck hunters dream as well.

I was thinking the same thing! I would build a blind amongst those standing trees in the water.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:24 PM   #20
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Looks good. Pray for rain!
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:34 PM   #21
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That is sweet
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:36 PM   #22
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Real cool bro.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:41 PM   #23
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Looks good
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:09 PM   #24
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Tilapia as a forage fish would be good choice as well. This is awesome and my dream to do one day
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:15 AM   #25
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Tilapia as a forage fish would be good choice as well. This is awesome and my dream to do one day

Tilapia will give those bass plenty to eat, and clean your pond up at the same time. They eat decently to!
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:31 AM   #26
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They stocked 2800 blue gill 1-3", 700 red ear 1-3" 150 red ear 3-5". Shad will come later this month with the Bass sometime around June.
IMO this is not a good idea. You need to stock any minnows or shad long before the bass to where they can establish before the bass are introduced. I guess it also depends on what size bass you stock. If you stock any bass over 6" at the same time you stock shad your shad will not survive.
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:39 AM   #27
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I would put some of those prawn crawfish in it, that is sweet!
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:42 AM   #28
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very nice
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:48 AM   #29
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Where is this located? If you have a bait tank now is the time to go catch a bunch of shad that are fixing to spawn. Yellowtails and Gizzards.
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Awesome!
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:01 PM   #31
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I'd wait on the bass until next year. I've built several of these and the more head start that you give the forage fish, the better the bass habitat long term. Also, put a few channel catfish in. They will cut down on the mudcat reproduction. You will get mudcats eventually. Looks great. No such thing as too much structure

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Old 04-10-2014, 03:09 PM   #32
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I was thinking the same thing! I would build a blind amongst those standing trees in the water.
Water will be almost 6' in those areas, but we've definitely talked about it. If they seem to like that spot we'll be dragging wood out by boat to meet 'em.

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Thanks. He's got a well for it, but free water from the sky is always the best.

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Thanks. I'm just the part time grunt on this job.

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Tilapia will give those bass plenty to eat, and clean your pond up at the same time. They eat decently to!
We're going to give them a try later this summer when/if the water temp comes up enough, but there's a concern they won't make it through the winter up here in NE Texas.

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IMO this is not a good idea. You need to stock any minnows or shad long before the bass to where they can establish before the bass are introduced. I guess it also depends on what size bass you stock. If you stock any bass over 6" at the same time you stock shad your shad will not survive.
Thanks for the advice. There should be almost 3 months separation btwn shad and bass, but I'll raise the concern. The goal for this lake is quality big fish. Not sure how many or what size/mix of bass are going in because I'm just a part time grunt and hopeful fishermen, but I know the bait will get poured to 'em pretty well. The guy doing the stocking has done lakes we've fished on and each of them seem pretty balanced with good fish and bait.

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I would put some of those prawn crawfish in it, that is sweet!
Send 'em on over, we'll let them go

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Where is this located? If you have a bait tank now is the time to go catch a bunch of shad that are fixing to spawn. Yellowtails and Gizzards.
Located in NE Texas. We're taking the kids sand bass fishing this weekend. Thanks for the reminder to bring the cast net and big cooler.
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WOW is all I can say, very cool! Thanks for sharing, I will be re-doing our pond one day and will certainly reference this thread!!
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:22 PM   #34
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I'd wait on the bass until next year. I've built several of these and the more head start that you give the forage fish, the better the bass habitat long term. Also, put a few channel catfish in. They will cut down on the mudcat reproduction. You will get mudcats eventually. Looks great. No such thing as too much structure
This is our battle cry.

Quick question for those of you who've done this before and have some age on your lakes. Any opinions on size of rock/gravel to drop? There are a couple larger rock piles made out of larger scrap concrete and full bricks, but we still need some smaller gravel and rock for the spawning areas and to promote algae growth. Did y'all have better luck with one size over the other to keep it fresh and avoid sedimentation or did you just go small so it is effective and supplement as needed?

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Old 04-10-2014, 03:29 PM   #35
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You need a shad tank with a filter and circulation. You won't be able to keep them alive for long. I was going to offer to help you on this but just to far away.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:36 PM   #36
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You need a shad tank with a filter and circulation. You won't be able to keep them alive for long. I was going to offer to help you on this but just to far away.
Thanks for the offer. Really appreciate it. Is this what you're talking about?
http://www.learntocatchcatfish.com/b...ank-shad-tank/

I've got a big cooler and an oxygen tank, how long do you think we could make it that?
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #37
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https://www.graylinebaittanks.com/

I have one of these. You could probably make them last a couple of hours if you have oxygen . Throw a couple hand fulls of water softner salt in the water as well.
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Wow, this place looks awesome... Hope you keep showing the progress...
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Looks great.
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Very freakin awesome!!
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:05 AM   #41
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I don't have all the answers and looks like there several good bits of info already posted BUT.....the one thing I will second is giving your bait fish all the time you can. I gave mine 2/3rds of a "growing" season(19,000 copper nose, red ear perch and 1-200 pounds of minnows). Do it all over they would have gotten a 2 full "growing" seasons.

The problem is patience for me......

I also am a big fan of the tilapia, my opinion is get advice before buying though. They are very temperamental to water temperature but a great way to feed you lake.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!!
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very cool, that's a big project
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Have to seen the video "great Small Waters" by Ray Scott? EXCELLENT resource.
http://www.rayscott.net/sales/gsw.php

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Looks awesome so far!
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thats gonna be a little piece of heaven
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I don't have all the answers and looks like there several good bits of info already posted BUT.....the one thing I will second is giving your bait fish all the time you can. I gave mine 2/3rds of a "growing" season(19,000 copper nose, red ear perch and 1-200 pounds of minnows). Do it all over they would have gotten a 2 full "growing" seasons.

The problem is patience for me......

I also am a big fan of the tilapia, my opinion is get advice before buying though. They are very temperamental to water temperature but a great way to feed you lake.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!!
Appreciate it the advice. Patience is definitely a challenge, but the lifetime of the lake is the goal, not the first few years. As I understand it the bass going in will all be fry.


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Thanks. Was out there this weekend to do a little more work. I'll get the pics up in a few.

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https://www.graylinebaittanks.com/

I have one of these. You could probably make them last a couple of hours if you have oxygen . Throw a couple hand fulls of water softner salt in the water as well.
Appreciate your advice. The wind was howling this weekend and we worked harder to put the kids on fish than expected. Didn't get a chance to attempt a bait transfer.
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Had a chance to do head out and help a little more on the lake this weekend. The water level had come up about a foot from the rains the week before, and it was pouring when I left on Sunday.

They'd gotten the roof trusses up on the dock before I got there, but we got wire run, drug a bunch more brush, added a few laydowns to the stumps, started on one of the remote fishing piers, and added a culvert to the road that leads to the lake. Was pretty sore yesterday.

Snapped a bunch of pics. Y'all might get bored of seeing brush pile, brush pile, brush pile, but hey that's what I'm good at.

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Trusses on the Dock, and metal ready to go up.

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Two covered slips, room for a third boat, and most importantly swimming area for the kids in front.

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View of the hump right by the main dock. Covered in rock on the North side and brush/stumps on the South. An easy cast from the dock.

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View down the **** from main dock. Seems like the more brush we add the smaller the brush looks.

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Big stump we found on site and dragged in. Should be in 5' of water at the base and 2 on top of it.

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View down the North bank. To the right of the picture you can see one of the channels that was cut during dirt work.

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Looking back the other way on the channel. Fish condos on top. More bare bank that needs habitat.

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Big trunk on the North bank. Looking across main body. Fish condos on a couple ridges in the middle.

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Start of one of the small fishing piers. I think there will be 3 of them. Will hold fish feeders for the forage fish and be a great place for the kids to catch 'em easy.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:02 AM   #48
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