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Old 02-07-2020, 03:04 PM   #1
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Ill be having a pond dug in the next month. Would love to see some pics of yals for ideas.

Also, do yal think 8-10 feet is deep enough? Will stock with bass and cattle will use it.

Im super excited about it!


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Old 02-07-2020, 03:18 PM   #2
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Go as deep as you can...
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:34 PM   #3
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Atleast 10' deep and a 100'x100' will be a great pond that will last along time.
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:36 PM   #4
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Where is being dug? Do you have soil that will hold water? How will it be filled? Any way of keeping it from going dry in a drought?
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:45 PM   #5
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Old pics. Dont have anything recent. Have grass around most of it now. All sand so it leaks.

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Where is being dug? Do you have soil that will hold water? How will it be filled? Any way of keeping it from going dry in a drought?


Im in clay, gonna dig down to the last good clay which around me seems to be around 8-9 foot before it starts getting sandy


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Old 02-07-2020, 03:53 PM   #7
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Im in clay, gonna dig down to the last good clay which around me seems to be around 8-9 foot before it starts getting sandy


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Good luck! I'd make it as big as your budget will allow for and put some structure on the bottom if you plan to put fish in it...
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:58 PM   #8
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Yes sir! Would also like to see some dock designs if you have them


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Old 02-07-2020, 04:03 PM   #9
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I have seen tank diggers put the clay to the side and dig deeper past the clay and backfill with the clay to hold water.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:14 PM   #10
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8'-10' should be deep enough. Mine is right about 9' deep and it is thriving with bass, channel catfish, and perch, not to mention the entire food chain of minnows.
Here's a picture of the floating 10'x12' dock and 4'x12' floating walkway I built for it.

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Old 02-07-2020, 04:17 PM   #11
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8'-10' should be deep enough. Mine is right about 9' deep and it is thriving with bass, channel catfish, and perch, not to mention the entire food chain of minnows.
Here's a picture of the floating 10'x12' dock and 4'x12' floating walkway I built for it.



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Old 02-07-2020, 04:29 PM   #12
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If fishing is one of the goals I would consult a biologist with a stocking plan, structure, shape of the bottom, etc. They do a lot more than dig a bowl these days. At the very least go to the pond boss forums and do some reading.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:36 PM   #13
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https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...=220437&page=4

Here is a thread to a pond I had built by the house. 10 foot should be deep enough, but would go 12 if you can.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:49 PM   #14
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IMO, go as deep as you can.
I'm going 10'-30' on my 2 1/2 ac pond. I'm currently rehabbing mine and we're pulling out 4'+ of sludge and we haven't even made it to the dam yet. I can't load the pic's of my pond but, could send what I have. Our pond makes kind of a U-shape with a peninsula, I like having shape other than just a typical round pond.
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Old 02-07-2020, 04:55 PM   #15
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IMO, go as deep as you can.
I'm going 10'-30' on my 2 1/2 ac pond. I'm currently rehabbing mine and we're pulling out 4'+ of sludge and we haven't even made it to the dam yet. I can't load the pic's of my pond but, could send what I have. Our pond makes kind of a U-shape with a peninsula, I like having shape other than just a typical round pond.


My plan is wanting to have some fingers opposite the **** and a long slough. Going to submerge cover and see if i can put humps in areas. The most important thing to me is having some structure, the last thing i want is just a bowl pond.

Will definitely take into account young as deep as the budget allows.


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Old 02-07-2020, 05:01 PM   #16
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I'm having a channel put in the middle with a sharp drop.
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:06 PM   #17
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Go as deep as you can...
I agree. 10ft would be my minimum in my area. If not it’s going to go dry every few yrs. we are 8ft low now. 15-20 minimum would be my goal. What part of the state are you building?
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:08 PM   #18
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:09 PM   #19
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Here's mine.....17ft deep.....
If your only going 8-10.... I'd get it as big as you can...
This is Texas.....and tanks go dry.....
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:14 PM   #20
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Here's mine.....17ft deep.....

If your only going 8-10.... I'd get it as big as you can...

This is Texas.....and tanks go dry.....

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Man beautiful water


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Old 02-07-2020, 05:24 PM   #21
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Almost 2 acres. 10 feet depth - last picture is taken through my window in my home office
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Old 02-07-2020, 05:41 PM   #22
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Almost 2 acres. 10 feet depth - last picture is taken through my window in my home office


Man this is awesome!


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Old 02-07-2020, 05:41 PM   #23
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Not working with a great budget. Have to do what i can do for about 4 or 5k


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Old 02-07-2020, 05:58 PM   #24
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Here is my baby. Little over 15 acres and 40ft max depth at full pool.

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Old 02-07-2020, 06:04 PM   #25
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Here is my baby. Little over 15 acres and 40ft max depth at full pool.



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Old 02-07-2020, 08:49 PM   #26
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:54 PM   #27
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Here's mine.....17ft deep.....
If your only going 8-10.... I'd get it as big as you can...
This is Texas.....and tanks go dry.....
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Thats pretty sweet. Where are you located?
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:55 PM   #28
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Here is my baby. Little over 15 acres and 40ft max depth at full pool.

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You win . Was that some sort of quarry before?
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:36 PM   #29
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In Central TX I would go deeper than 10 feet if possible. My lake is 17 feet at it's deepest but is 5 feet low right now and it could get worse into this summer. Pray for a gully washer.

If the budget allows I would build the pond in strips if possible so you can maximize the amount of shoreline. Like gravel pits.

My lake is an old gravel pit (15 acres) but it has over 3 miles of shoreline to fish because it has interconnected strips. Just fantastic for fishing.

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Old 02-07-2020, 09:43 PM   #30
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Good thread
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kingfisher-------between cisco and cross plaines…….
Unfortunately, I don't own the place anymore.....
It was stocked with fish... They were more like pets than prey....lol...….
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In Central TX I would go deeper than 10 feet if possible. My lake is 17 feet at it's deepest but is 5 feet low right now and it could get worse into this summer. Pray for a gully washer.

If the budget allows I would build the pond in strips if possible so you can maximize the amount of shoreline. Like gravel pits.

My lake is an old gravel pit (15 acres) but it has over 3 miles of shoreline to fish because it has interconnected strips. Just fantastic for fishing.

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Do you have an overhead view? Something like Google Earth
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You win . Was that some sort of quarry before?
No the previous owners built it just before they got divorced and my parents bought the ranch. I got handed a golden egg and working to make it special
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I would love to come someday come see what youre doing. Jealous
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Just curious but, for that budget are you doing the work yourself?
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:16 PM   #37
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I ask because, if you can, I have a second pond I’d like expanded for duck hunting.
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Some of you guys have some gorgeous tanks. Heres a few pics of ours at Trinity Acres. Its just over an acre and stocked pretty well with bass, crappie and channel cats. Ive spent some decent coin over the last 18 months or so on dirtwork reshaping the thing. After installing several trenches and an overflow culvert outlet I think we finally have it where we want.



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Atleast 10' deep and a 100'x100' will be a great pond that will last along time.
Maybe... Or maybe it will never fill... What's the drainage area?
What's the dam plan?
Dam material?
Tank bottom liner? Bringing in clay?

I can show you some AMAZING looking tanks after a 2 inch rain that are dry in 48 hours
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I ask because, if you can, I have a second pond Id like expanded for duck hunting.


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Maybe... Or maybe it will never fill... What's the drainage area?

What's the dam plan?

Dam material?

Tank bottom liner? Bringing in clay?



I can show you some AMAZING looking tanks after a 2 inch rain that are dry in 48 hours


Im not sure how to answer some of this other than the bottom liner is clay. Not sure how to answer **** plan other than i would assume it would be clay as well and would like it fairly steep


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Old 02-08-2020, 07:54 AM   #43
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You guys school me though. Wasnt even sure there were things to consider on a dam other than make sure it keeps the water in the pond lol


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it is all about who does the work. just a guy who runs a bulldozer usually ends up with a dry pond. Find someone who is experienced in digging ponds or you may be disappointed

IF you go to www.pondboss.com there is an awesome forum there with experts everywhere - there are also guys on there who specialize in digging ponds - the site is a great resource
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it is all about who does the work. just a guy who runs a bulldozer usually ends up with a dry pond. Find someone who is experienced in digging ponds or you may be disappointed

IF you go to www.pondboss.com there is an awesome forum there with experts everywhere - there are also guys on there who specialize in digging ponds - the site is a great resource


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Old 02-08-2020, 09:16 AM   #46
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After reading some stuff on that thread, pond building is overwhelming lol. I believe i have good ground but hell i dont know.


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Old 02-08-2020, 09:59 AM   #48
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Awesome thread! Living vicariously through the GS... keep the pics coming
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Old 02-08-2020, 01:16 PM   #49
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I’m not sure why I can’t upload pictures or videos of my pond in the process that it’s in now but, PM your number and I can send you what I have and more to come.
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