How to build my own fish pond

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How to build my own fish pond

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Fishing is a quiet and relaxing way to unwind from stress and work. If you enjoy calm days by the lake for sport fishing, and you have a decent amount of property, build and stock your own fishing pond. You can relax with the only company being someone you’ve invited, rather than every other local fisherman.


Choose a site for your pond. Ideally this area has standing water during the year and grows marsh plants, like reeds, already. Learn about the watershed for the area leading into your pond. The pond size is determined by the amount of rainwater leading into it already, as well as the water table and groundwater level. A pond the size of 1 acre that's only 1 inch deep holds 27,000 gallons of water.


Call your city and county offices for information on permits and licenses for creating a pond. They may require a surveyor to look at the property.


Dig a test hole to the depth of the pond you plan to build. A fish pond should be at least 15 feet deep to make sure the fish don't suffer from too much stress during the winter. Cover it so it doesn't pose a safety hazard and watch it for one year. Determine the height of the water table in it and how it fluctuates throughout the year and how much sediment floats in the water from the soil.


Use the Natural Resources Conservation Service guide for constructing your pond. Research which plants and fish live best in landlocked ponds in your area to determine how to stock your pond.


Dig the hole to your set of specifications and possibly line it. You need to line the pond if the test hole showed that it's necessary from either the height of the water table or the amount of sediment floating in the water. Add water, plants and rocks. Let everything settle for a few weeks before you stock it with the proper fish and other animal life.


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