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Old 05-30-2014, 02:43 PM   #151
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this is going to be an amazing fishery
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:40 PM   #152
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Google was nice enough to update their aerials. Not sure when they took the picture, but it does a good job of showing humps, mounds, channels, and some of the deep water windrows peaking through.

Lots of brush, trees, rock, etc added since then but hope it helps give a better perspective compared to bank shots.

At full pool water should back into the trees in the lower right corner of this picture. That's the area I call the "shallows" in the pictures.

The channel on the lower left runs up towards the culverts (they are just out of the picture) and at full pool you'll be able to drive a boat all the way around the humps just to the right of the long sharp point.

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Old 06-04-2014, 05:47 PM   #153
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When that bad boy fills up, that is going to be a lake of legendary proportion. Thanks for the updates.
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:06 PM   #154
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Aweeesssooommmee!!!!!
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:15 PM   #155
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Didn't see that last update but thats Awesome! Nice that google updated now, you can keep that picture and hopefully in two years you can get a picture of it filled all the way. Frame those bad boys in the fish hut.

Y'all gonna dove hunt around that tank?
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:08 AM   #156
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I cant wait to start seeing fish
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:32 PM   #157
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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!
just what I was thinking!
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:51 PM   #158
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Has any of this rain filled this baby up? Have enjoyed them pics.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:42 AM   #159
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My dad has good sized pond on his land but of course he tells me "I heard bass ruin a good pond"
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:41 AM   #160
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My dad has good sized pond on his land but of course he tells me "I heard bass ruin a good pond"

Tell him catfish ruin a good pond! Then go throw a few bass in!
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:27 PM   #161
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No catfish in this pond. Not on purpose anyway. Word is the lake is full.

Im headed there now to plant duck holes. Will grab a few pics of the lake too.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:09 AM   #162
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No catfish in this pond. Not on purpose anyway. Word is the lake is full.

Im headed there now to plant duck holes. Will grab a few pics of the lake too.
What fish are going in it?
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #163
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With all this rain we have had up here has your placed filled any ?
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:43 AM   #164
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With all this rain we have had up here has your placed filled any ?
Post #161 says it's full....

Man I can't believe I'm just seeing this thread. Sweet lake! Can't wait to see the pics of it full.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:45 AM   #165
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No catfish in this pond. Not on purpose anyway. Word is the lake is full.

Im headed there now to plant duck holes. Will grab a few pics of the lake too.
Can't wait to see those, this is looking great!
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:56 AM   #166
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If you want to get crazy, get a bunch of those plastic nursery potting containers, and tie em together randomly in a big ball using zip ties and sink it. If you want to take it to the extreme, shove however many of those toy rubber balls into the containers it takes to float it off the bottom for a suspending brush pile.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:45 PM   #167
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I'm sunburned and beat. Somebody heard you can double your yield if you hand plant duck plots. This unconfirmed rumor lead to hand planting row upon row upon never ending row. Half way through we got smart and somebody suggested we spread and drag the other half like always to see which did better head to head. We'd still be out there planting if not for that stroke of genius.

When we finished everybody headed to the lake for a cool down swim. Got a few pics of the lake, but they're too big to post straight from the phone. It is 3 or 4" from being as full as it can be. Chocked full of bait fish and frogs right now. Bass Fry went in a couple weeks ago.

The bluegill are responding pretty well to hand feeding right now, but a plan was finalized for the fish feeder placement so they get fed more consistently.

I got to swim most of the lake and test the depths. Was very cool to feel the drop offs, humps, stumps, and ledges. One mistake we made was stacking the fish condos. They should work great because they're all ready getting covered in moss and algae, but we should have stacked them with 4 on the base instead of three because they're a little tipsy. Thanks again Dale for a great deal on the flue tiles.

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What fish are going in it?
They stocked 2800 blue gill 1-3", 700 red ear 1-3" 150 red ear 3-5". Not sure how many minnows went in, but there are millions. The original plan was some shad, but that plan changed and 150 Tilapia were added. This weekend there were fish spawning on the gravel beds all ready. Really cool thing was seeing groups of 5-10 bull frog tadpoles swimming together. I've never seen it before. They look like aliens.

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If you want to get crazy, get a bunch of those plastic nursery potting containers, and tie em together randomly in a big ball using zip ties and sink it. If you want to take it to the extreme, shove however many of those toy rubber balls into the containers it takes to float it off the bottom for a suspending brush pile.
There are a couple of deep spots where this would be perfect. Thanks for the great idea.

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Can't wait to see those, this is looking great!
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Post #161 says it's full....

Man I can't believe I'm just seeing this thread. Sweet lake! Can't wait to see the pics of it full.
No pics yet, but hopefully tomorrow if the office hasn't burned down this weekend.

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Didn't see that last update but thats Awesome! Nice that google updated now, you can keep that picture and hopefully in two years you can get a picture of it filled all the way. Frame those bad boys in the fish hut.

Y'all gonna dove hunt around that tank?
Not too many dove out in this part of Texas for some reason, but if they show up we'll take a stab at 'em. The Shallows is going to be a wood duck monster for the next couple years.

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When that bad boy fills up, that is going to be a lake of legendary proportion. Thanks for the updates.
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Thanks. Appreciate y'all following along
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:44 PM   #168
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Sure to be good times had out there. Awesome.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:10 PM   #169
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Sorry... I ovr looked #161. Pics gonna be sweet when they finally get posted
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:19 AM   #170
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Awesome work! I'm super jealous and have dreamed of a pond like this!

i think it would be kinda cool to google earth back in time and get a few before and after pics as y'all moved along and worked on it!
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:50 PM   #171
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Lots of rain these past 2 months. I hope it filled up. Looking forward to new pics.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:23 PM   #172
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Sure to be good times had out there. Awesome.
Thanks.

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Sorry... I ovr looked #161. Pics gonna be sweet when they finally get posted
Coming your way.

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Awesome work! I'm super jealous and have dreamed of a pond like this!

i think it would be kinda cool to google earth back in time and get a few before and after pics as y'all moved along and worked on it!
Does Google have a time machine as well? How do you get earlier images from them?

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Lots of rain these past 2 months. I hope it filled up. Looking forward to new pics.
The well has done most of the work filling her up, but the rain sure didn't hurt.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:33 PM   #173
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Pictures of the forage fish. It is hard to see the bluegill and red ear under them in these reduced size, but they were lurking under the minnows. The third pic down shows them best. The ability for a first generation lake to make forage fish is amazing.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:36 PM   #174
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Lake has about 4" to go, but it is darn near full.

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Panoramic taken from the fish feeder dock on the south bank.

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Panoramic taken from the dock.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:46 PM   #175
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Looks full and green!

As far as 'going back in time' on Google.. Download Google Earth and in the bottom is toolbar that should show a date, in your case it will be 2014. If you click on it or somewhere around it, it should allow you to 'slide' the date back as far back as Google has dated. Best I can remember without looking at it, I don;t have Google Earth on this computer

And that is an absolute ton of bait fish. Does it look like that everywhere or are those just certain schools you came upon
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:46 PM   #176
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Soooo exciting. I would probably be fishing to just to calm my excitement and to see where the snags for my lure are .
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:57 PM   #177
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Looks full and green!

As far as 'going back in time' on Google.. Download Google Earth and in the bottom is toolbar that should show a date, in your case it will be 2014. If you click on it or somewhere around it, it should allow you to 'slide' the date back as far back as Google has dated. Best I can remember without looking at it, I don;t have Google Earth on this computer

And that is an absolute ton of bait fish. Does it look like that everywhere or are those just certain schools you came upon
Learn something new everyday. Thanks General and southtexaslayer.

The bait fish are pretty much everywhere. All along the shores, and around the structure in the deeper parts of the lake. Was cool to see
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:14 PM   #178
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From the North shore looking back at the boat house.

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Same spot on the North shore looking towards the shallows

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The shallow area from as far as I could walk up the north shore in my flip flops. Forgot my phone when we toured it via boat, but you can get a fishing boat around the large tree in the back left by following the channel they cut with the dozer.

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Same spot looking South onto the lake.

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Standing at the culverts looking back North towards the boat house. The water on the other side of the culverts was one of the spots I took the minnow pictures.

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Standing on the long sloping point looking towards the culverts. They're located at the end of the arm just beyond the grassy point you see in this picture.

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Same spot on the sloping point looking towards the boat house. The trees in the middle of this picture are in 7-8' of water. The channel runs through the middle of them and it is 10-11' at this point.

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Same spot on the sloping point looking towards the North shore line. To the right are the shallows.

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Same spot looking into the shallow part on the far East side of the lake.

Appreciate y'all following on as it was built. Now we wait.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:18 PM   #179
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Looks great
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:23 AM   #180
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Feeding time.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:37 AM   #181
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Wow just seeing this. As a life long die hard bass fisherman I'm going to have to say this place looks like a BIG Bass factory!!!!
Awesome work.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:41 AM   #182
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This place looks awesome.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:34 AM   #183
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This has been a great build a long, thanks for takin us on the ride

Looking forward to some fish and duck pictures this fall
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:58 AM   #184
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That is one impressive lake
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:22 AM   #185
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Get some Camelot Bell fish in there, and start culling to keep the numbers down, and I bet you can catch double digit fish all day.Once they get to that size.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:42 PM   #186
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Just now saw this and it is awesome.

What kind of boats do they run? That one picture looked like a gheenoe.

Aren't yall worried about the big trees in the "duck hole" dying now that theyre under water?
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #187
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looks like a lot of work...will follow
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:08 PM   #188
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great update. I love this thread, you have one really good friend lol
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:08 PM   #189
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Looks sweet !
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:45 PM   #190
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Wow!
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:25 PM   #191
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I haven't commented on this thread yet because I'm so jealous. Man..... That's a fine looking place you got there.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #192
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That is a thing beauty
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #193
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TTT cuz everyone needs to see this. Greatness man. Gonna be a blast to fish in.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:58 AM   #194
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Looks awesome. How are long are you going to let the forage fish go before stocking with bass
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:13 AM   #195
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Wow just seeing this. As a life long die hard bass fisherman I'm going to have to say this place looks like a BIG Bass factory!!!!
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That is one impressive lake
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Get some Camelot Bell fish in there, and start culling to keep the numbers down, and I bet you can catch double digit fish all day.Once they get to that size.
Not sure what strain of Bass went in, but the goal is BIG bass not lots.

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Just now saw this and it is awesome.

What kind of boats do they run? That one picture looked like a gheenoe.

Aren't yall worried about the big trees in the "duck hole" dying now that theyre under water?
They have a gheenoe. It is one cool little boat. The trees in the duck hole will die for sure. They are in 8+ feet of water. I started calling it that bc the duck hunter in me wanted it to stay shallow in that area. We'll probably cut those trees in the next year to have some more lay down in the pond.

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I haven't commented on this thread yet because I'm so jealous. Man..... That's a fine looking place you got there.
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Looks awesome. How are long are you going to let the forage fish go before stocking with bass
Fingerling Bass went in at the end of June.

Some of the tilapia are getting over 10 inches.
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:09 PM   #196
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Do you plan on transplanting any larger bass??
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:32 PM   #197
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No larger bass. Just let the fingerings eat their way to the top of the food chain.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:53 PM   #198
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Incredibly beautiful lake. What kind of bass did they stock?

Have they thought of feed trained bass? We bought some 5 years ago and they are awesome.
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Incredibly beautiful lake. What kind of bass did they stock?

Have they thought of feed trained bass? We bought some 5 years ago and they are awesome.
I don't know what kind of Bass they were, but I'm curious what feed trained bass are.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:59 PM   #200
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I know that you said no catfish, but can I suggest a few channel catfish. The reason for this is you are going to get mudcats from some where no matter what you do. Channel cats are a natural predator to mudcats. They eat the eggs, etc. Channels are not bad about over populating a still water impoundment, but mud cats really are. I had one 10 acre pond when I bought my place that had so many that you caught them all day on spinner baits. I added soem channels and cleaned them up pretty well. Never catch a small one any more. The only ones left are the ancient world record sized mud cats that become buzzard bait when we catch one.
I've followed this along and that truly is a magnificent project and a great testament to you for documenting it. Great job!
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