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Old 09-07-2020, 11:11 PM   #201
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Congrats Steve! Just gets better & Better!
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:13 AM   #202
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Old 09-08-2020, 08:31 AM   #203
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Steve have you ever put out some artificial spawning disc?
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:39 AM   #205
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Is that "the fish whisperer"? I follow a guy on Instagram that has a heck of a managed pond. If it's not, they sure look a lot alike.

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Definitely the fish whisperer
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:42 AM   #206
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:06 PM   #207
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This is an awesome thread.
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Old 09-08-2020, 12:28 PM   #208
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Steve have you ever put out some artificial spawning disc?
No I have not. My dilemma is not wanting the LMB to spawn but trying to promote the SMB to spawn in the main lake.

Since that is near impossible I've decided to build a mini pond and only put a few SMB in the this spring and get them to spawn so I can supplement them when needed. Will put some gravel in it so they can build nests.



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Old 09-08-2020, 03:06 PM   #209
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No I have not. My dilemma is not wanting the LMB to spawn but trying to promote the SMB to spawn in the main lake.

Since that is near impossible I've decided to build a mini pond and only put a few SMB in the this spring and get them to spawn so I can supplement them when needed. Will put some gravel in it so they can build nests.



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Gotcha. That sounds like a good game plan. With the SMB
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:38 PM   #210
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I have a few deer around. Saw 4 different bucks on camera last year and about 7-8 does/yearlings at my feeder. Didn't plant anything for them though...but this year will get some plots going. Gonna do elbon rye, oats, and white clover in a mix.....throw and mow. Had great luck with this at my old place. Might throw in some chicory as well. Gonna wait until Oct to plant.

Lots of deer tracks in the dry canals browsing on various plants and getting a drink at the water. I'm thinking they use the dry canals and overgrown strip pilings to travel and bed. Saw a couple of rubs last year at the very end of a dry canal....would have never thought they would use it but it makes sense now that I've seen evidence that they do. Its extremely secluded and has every thing they need....security, food, and water.
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Old 09-09-2020, 09:39 AM   #211
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I have a few deer around. Saw 4 different bucks on camera last year and about 7-8 does/yearlings at my feeder. Didn't plant anything for them though...but this year will get some plots going. Gonna do elbon rye, oats, and white clover in a mix.....throw and mow. Had great luck with this at my old place. Might throw in some chicory as well. Gonna wait until Oct to plant.

Lots of deer tracks in the dry canals browsing on various plants and getting a drink at the water. I'm thinking they use the dry canals and overgrown strip pilings to travel and bed. Saw a couple of rubs last year at the very end of a dry canal....would have never thought they would use it but it makes sense now that I've seen evidence that they do. Its extremely secluded and has every thing they need....security, food, and water.
There has been some very big deer taken in and around the gravels pits in your area and on both sides of the loop.

Your place is looking great. I am surprised that you are not covered up in white wing. I know a couple people that hunt a little past your place opposite side of the road that consistently do very well. Funny what a difference a few miles makes.

Really enjoy following your threads, very educational.

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Old 09-09-2020, 10:21 AM   #212
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There has been some very big deer taken in and around the gravels pits in your area and on both sides of the loop.

Your place is looking great. I am surprised that you are not covered up in white wing. I know a couple people that hunt a little past your place opposite side of the road that consistently do very well. Funny what a difference a few miles makes.

Really enjoy following your threads, very educational.

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Old 09-21-2020, 11:06 AM   #213
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Okay I am just getting caught up after a long drought of no TBH. I use to follow your old thread forever and glad you now have a new place (where is the alfalfa?). also I too recognized the fish whisper congrats to him this summer I have followed up for 3 years at least. Also don't let him talk you into putting that pet gar into your new lake. Keep out the gar!

It's been a great follow so far. I might have missed it, but how did the SMB do in the summer heat?
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:51 PM   #214
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Okay I am just getting caught up after a long drought of no TBH. I use to follow your old thread forever and glad you now have a new place (where is the alfalfa?). also I too recognized the fish whisper congrats to him this summer I have followed up for 3 years at least. Also don't let him talk you into putting that pet gar into your new lake. Keep out the gar!

It's been a great follow so far. I might have missed it, but how did the SMB do in the summer heat?
Thanks Jkelbe. Yep no gar allowed in here lol.

We have not fished much at all since Memorial day. Will start fishing again shortly and will give an update on how the SMB fared. I'm expecting some 15" fish this fall....we shall see. I did fish a couple weeks ago for an hour and caught some LM....but no SM.

The barndo should be done in about 30 days. Meeting a well guy out there this weekend, cabinets in going in this week so progress is happening.
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Old 09-23-2020, 05:34 PM   #215
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Nice Congrats!
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:50 PM   #216
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I live in Lampasas and am excited about the possibility of you leasing this out. I want a place like this pretty bad, looking great sir.
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Old 09-23-2020, 11:33 PM   #217
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Don't know how I missed this thread, but I am caught up now. Beautiful and unique place for sure. Great job on the improvements so far.
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Old 10-10-2020, 10:14 PM   #218
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Well we caught one smallmouth today....along with 50 largemouth.Don't know if the SMB are just not biting or if there are so many LMB that they don't give the SMB a chance to eat our baits.

The SMB was right at 13 inches. A little skinny but has some length.

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Old 10-10-2020, 10:18 PM   #219
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I had some good help putting in steps to the duck blind on the steep slope. Ready for a good cold front to bring some divers down.



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Old 10-10-2020, 10:23 PM   #220
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House still has slow progress. Electric service has been ordered, well and septic should be in shortly. Cabinets are mostly in.

Also put several loads of scrap concrete chunks and put them in the lake for crawfish habitat.

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Old 10-10-2020, 10:28 PM   #221
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Just keeps getting better and better! Congrats My Friend!
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Old 10-11-2020, 09:49 PM   #222
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:13 PM   #223
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I have a great dozer guy at my place this week to build a duck impoundment. Gonna be about 1 to 1.5 acres of 12-18" water when finished. Trying to attract some puddle ducks as the main lake attracts lots of divers already. I'll be able to flood it from the main lake. I'm gonna install a 4" drain pipe with an anti-seep collar once the levee is built. Looking at pumps now from Harbor, Northern Tool, and Water pumps direct.

He cleared some trees today and will finish clearing tomorrow. Then he will work on moving dirt and building the levee. Lots of good clay...so holding water should not be a problem.

I don't expect it will be good this year as there is no time to plant duck groceries....but at least I'll have nice shallow open area.


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"Duck impoundment" now we are talking.........You should be covered up with divers and puddle ducks each winter where this ground is located.

Looks great sir, enjoy following.

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Old 10-15-2020, 08:27 AM   #225
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Man this place keeps getting better and better.


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Old 10-17-2020, 12:27 AM   #226
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They cleared some more trees and now we've got a good idea of how big the final product will be. They should start moving dirt and building levees next week.

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Old 10-17-2020, 12:42 AM   #227
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Had a fat small horned buck finally show up on camera at the feeder after about 2 weeks after getting feeder setup. Planted an elbon rye food plot last week after spraying a week prior. Waiting on a rain.....very dry right now.

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Old 10-17-2020, 04:28 PM   #228
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Bought a pump and hoses for the duck pond and put it to the test.



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Looks like a great place to make family memories.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:33 AM   #230
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They are finishing up the duck impoundment today. They are using a scraper and it was quick work for them. Loaded it weighs 200K pounds so the levee/dam has great compaction.

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Dream place Steve! You hit the jackpot on this one! Can I say JEALOUS!! LOL!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:42 AM   #232
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This gets cooler all the time. Any plans on what you can plant in the impoundment area once they are done?
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:19 AM   #234
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Awesome place!!
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:12 PM   #235
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This gets cooler all the time. Any plans on what you can plant in the impoundment area once they are done?
Thanks. Don't know yet. Its really too late to plant anything that would make a seed head for this year. Maybe just something to stabilize the dam like Cereal Rye.

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Thanks. Don't know yet. Its really too late to plant anything that would make a seed head for this year. Maybe just something to stabilize the dam like Cereal Rye.
Makes sense. I didnít know if a rye or wheat in and/or around it helped, was a waste of time, or what not?
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Makes sense. I didnít know if a rye or wheat in and/or around it helped, was a waste of time, or what not?
Yeah neither would make a seed head until spring but it would certainly help to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

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Old 10-20-2020, 02:18 PM   #238
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Put me down for a VRBO as well. Really love this place!
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:10 PM   #239
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A few better pics of the duck pond. They should be finished tomorrow.

You can see how close it is to the main lake....easy pumping. Did a test run and worked great.

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Old 10-20-2020, 10:13 PM   #240
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The house got some floors today.

They are drilling a well tomorrow so hopefully we hit good water. The well guy says most other wells next to us are 80ft deep.

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Wow great setup on the duck pond. Very unique property that looks like a blast to manage.
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Old 10-21-2020, 02:44 PM   #242
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This little pond was a part of the main lake that was cut off....and now will be my smallmouth brood pond. Perfect size to put several in there in the early spring and let them do their thing. I can pump it or drain as needed.



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I am not a big fishing guy, so I loved the old place better haha.

But keep it up. Loving the work done on this place
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:20 PM   #244
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I am not a big fishing guy, so I loved the old place better haha.

But keep it up. Loving the work done on this place
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:25 PM   #245
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This is a great read and love following along. Thank you for sharing with us!!
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Old 10-21-2020, 06:57 PM   #246
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Pretty cottonwoods at the duck pond.

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Old 10-30-2020, 09:53 AM   #247
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Saw alot of ducks this morning on my scouting mission....this last front we had must have pushed some down here.

Saw the usual ringnecks but was pleasantly surprised to see some big ducks.....gadwall and widgeon. Probably saw 20 different flocks mostly trading back and forth between my lake and the surrounding lakes.

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Old 10-30-2020, 09:55 AM   #249
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Cool stuff! Love following along on this thread.
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Watched quite a few ducks along the river this past weekend. Your place is coming along very nicely.

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