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Old 10-13-2015, 06:17 AM   #151
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plantra tree tubes work miracles. Planted about 15 pear and apple trees at my place last winter. They are really taking off, and they protect them from the wildlife.
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:39 AM   #152
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plantra tree tubes work miracles. Planted about 15 pear and apple trees at my place last winter. They are really taking off, and they protect them from the wildlife.
agreed, my trees in tree tubes are doing great with no deer or grasshopper interference...
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:04 AM   #153
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With the wife in one for a reference of how deep.
Wow, I didn't realize it was that deep!
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Old 10-29-2015, 04:49 PM   #154
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How did the pond turn out with all the rain
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:18 PM   #155
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We didn't get as much as most. About 4.5 inches and it was really dry. Nothing ran in creek, so not much in pond.
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:39 PM   #156
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:40 PM   #157
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Fish structure.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:34 PM   #158
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Finally finished the last of the fish structure. last night at dark. With the rain we are supposed to get this weekend, it should be the last time I will be able to get the tractor in the bottom. We already have about 8 foot of water in the pond.





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Old 11-25-2015, 12:42 PM   #159
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Current water level.


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Old 11-25-2015, 01:07 PM   #160
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Looking good!
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #161
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One more before the water.
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:27 PM   #162
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beautiful, mike built on of our lakes and he is one of the best for sure. but he is a busy man lol. you have a nice looking place
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Old 11-25-2015, 01:50 PM   #163
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He is very busy, and a great guy. I'm glad we waited for him to do it. Been on his waiting list since last April.
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:41 AM   #164
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Pond is full!! I was not expecting for it to be full till maybe spring.
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:50 AM   #165
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whoa !!!!

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Old 11-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #166
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The root stumps floated, so guess I will pull those out.

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Old 11-28-2015, 10:06 PM   #167
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Wow! Looking good. Thanks for the update.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:01 PM   #168
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The lake tuned out great, you will never regret getting Mike to build your lake. Good fishing is ahead.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:10 PM   #169
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Someone's loose cows decided to walk and eat newly planted grass leaving it with huge holes all over back of dam.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:44 PM   #170
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Just something about water and sunsets.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:53 PM   #171
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:53 PM   #172
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And a good dog
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:58 PM   #173
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lol, cool !!!

you got it going on there Brian !!!
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:49 PM   #174
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Great thread
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Old 01-11-2016, 03:35 PM   #175
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Just something about water and sunsets.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:26 PM   #176
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Thanks. It is really starting to clear up, and the sunsets are amazing.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:26 PM   #177
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:28 PM   #178
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:30 PM   #179
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Forage fish came today. Met biologist out there at lunch.
2000 small copper nose bluegill
100 adult CNB
150 medium CNB
500 Red eared sunfish
30#s of Flathead minnows.
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:38 PM   #180
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very cool
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Old 02-17-2016, 07:36 AM   #181
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that is awesome
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:38 AM   #182
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Brian, you getting trees this year? How are your original sawtooths looking?
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:47 AM   #183
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Brian, you getting trees this year? How are your original sawtooths looking?
No, I never ordered any. I have had too much going this fall and never got the chance. NONE of the ones I ordered last year from other sources survived, but they weren't sawtooths. Last year I ordered walnut, wild plum, red oak, willow oak from Missouri Wildlife department. All died, maybe from TOO much water last spring.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:48 AM   #184
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Orginal tree

The smaller tree behind her was either next year or the next.

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Old 02-17-2016, 10:04 AM   #185
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How deep is that pond? What are you planning on stocking it with?
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:11 AM   #186
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Orginal tree

The smaller tree behind her was either next year or the next.
wow, how old now?

i have 5 in tree tubes that are 3-4 ft tall.
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:11 AM   #187
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How deep is that pond? What are you planning on stocking it with?
16 foot at deepest. probably average around 12 foot.

Copper Nose, RES, FHM, F1 bass, and hybrid stripped bass. Talapia each spring.
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wow, how old now?

i have 5 in tree tubes that are 3-4 ft tall.
That tree was the first planting in 2011. The drought year. Those trees have out preformed all others. I think the drought year forced a better/deeper root system, but I don't know.
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:16 AM   #189
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That tree was the first planting in 2011. The drought year. Those trees have out preformed all others. I think the drought year forced a better/deeper root system, but I don't know.
that tree should produce acorns in 2-3 years...

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Old 02-17-2016, 11:13 AM   #190
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16 foot at deepest. probably average around 12 foot.

Copper Nose, RES, FHM, F1 bass, and hybrid stripped bass. Talapia each spring.
I am not sure what your biologist recommended but I would wait at least 2 yrs before putting in Hybrids in. They will literally decimate bait populations in a short period of time. Also they will eat your LMB in that environment.
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:48 AM   #191
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Bob Lusk is the biologist doing the stocking, but I think it is all this year, everything is being stocked as fingerlings, I think.
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Oh and HSB are feed trained, but not the F1s.
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Old 02-17-2016, 12:39 PM   #193
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Good looking project and love the pond!!!
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:00 PM   #194
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Bob Lusk is the biologist doing the stocking, but I think it is all this year, everything is being stocked as fingerlings, I think.
HE knows his stuff but I would still be leary. How many his he recommending?
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HE knows his stuff but I would still be leary. How many his he recommending?
I went back and reread the proposal, and it states 30-40 6" feed trained, but doesn't give the stocking time on those. Early June on the 150 LMB fingerlings.
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I went back and reread the proposal, and it states 30-40 6" feed trained, but doesn't give the stocking time on those. Early June on the 150 LMB fingerlings.

On our lake the bait fish had 3 yrs of spawning. Last spring added about 2000 threadfin shad and will add more this year. We then added 1000 Camelot Bells ( Pure Floridas ). I am going to look at possibly adding hybrids in year 4 or 5 after our bass get mature and established.
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Awesome thread I'm envious of you lol
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Old 02-17-2016, 03:27 PM   #198
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On our lake the bait fish had 3 yrs of spawning. Last spring added about 2000 threadfin shad and will add more this year. We then added 1000 Camelot Bells ( Pure Floridas ). I am going to look at possibly adding hybrids in year 4 or 5 after our bass get mature and established.
They had an economical plan that was a multi year deal, but I went for the full meal, no waiting plan with adult bluegill. Also a feeding program was taken into account. 30#s stocked FHM are just a starter forage and supposed to be gone within one year and should be 800#s plus by end of June. By then the 3000 CNB should be full swing. Again this is for a 2 acre pond, but I kept reading about letting your forage fish have extra time. I have 250 adult CNB that should spawn 4 to 5 times this year. If 1/2 are females, that should average 1.5 Million eggs per spawn. I don't know for sure was the proper stocking and there was too much data going too many directions. One other note, my goal wasn't trying for LARGE bass. That may have changed how things are being stocked. I wanted larger numbers of 3-5 pound bass, and 2 pound bluegill, with the occasional surprise HSB.

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They had an economical plan that was a multi year deal, but I went for the full meal, no waiting plan with adult bluegill. Also a feeding program was taken into account. 30#s stocked FHM are just a starter forage and supposed to be gone within one year and should be 800#s plus by end of June. By then the 3000 CNB should be full swing. Again this is for a 2 acre pond, but I kept reading about letting your forage fish have extra time. I have 250 adult CNB that should spawn 4 to 5 times this year. If 1/2 are females, that should average 1.5 Million eggs per spawn. I don't know for sure was the proper stocking and there was too much data going too many directions. One other note, my goal wasn't trying for LARGE bass. That may have changed how things are being stocked. I wanted larger numbers of 3-5 pound bass, and 2 pound bluegill, with the occasional surprise HSB.
That sounds like a good plan. Our goal ( Mine really) is a trophy bass fishery with the hope producing 10lb plus consistently. After Year three any bass under 18" will be kept and may bump that up in yr 5. Our Forage Population is ridiculous. In addition to the bait fish we have millions of frogs.
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I started thinking large bass, but higher catch rate is a little more what I decided to go with. Just wouldn't be enough #s of fish in 2-3 acres for monster fish. That is kind of were the HSB come in, since they are easily grown on feed and will get 10#s +. They are also there to assure crappie don't get in and disrupt things, but doesn't make a lot of sense that they will control crappie, but not be issue on CNB...... Like I said too many variables....
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