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Old 05-10-2017, 10:23 PM   #11
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I'll take the risk for $30.


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My understanding is that you will want to put some kind of hard cover in the pond for the minnows to nest on to increase the yield. I believe I was old old roofing shingles worked well on a wood structure to keep them off the bottom to keep from getting silted in.


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Do bullheads make good crappie bait???
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:03 AM   #14
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Over time fish cranes will likely bring other fish or fertile eggs in stuck to their feet. We are going to Rotenone our bait pond later this month and start over. Bluegill have taken over. Great for 7 yrs till the bluegill showed up. 3 yrs later, they have taken over.
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:27 AM   #15
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A friend of mine runs a minnow hatchery and when I built my pond I put in a bunch of fathead minnows first before other species. I asked him is there anything I could do to get the minnows to spawn. He told me to get a few wooden pallets and stack up a couple on the edge of the pond flat and weight them down with rocks. Most likely the bottom pallet will sink quite a bit into the mud but the top one will be submerged leaving an open area where the minnows can swim into and lay their eggs on the underneath side of the top boards of the submerged pallet. Another friend just cut a bunch of good sized brush (tree limbs) and piled them in the inlet to the pond in about 2 foot of water. It worked for him. As for mine....my pallets sunk in the silt and were completely covered in mud and were useless for the minnows to spawn.

The photo below is of a pile of pallets that will eventually be covered with water once the pond fills.
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:30 AM   #16
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The above pallets will be a great spot for the Great Blue Herron to perch grabbing all your minnows.
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I have one , just throw in a few dozen, a little feed helps growth a lot. You will have all you need
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Minnow pond would be great but you should verify it truly has no fish in it now. Green sunfish are particularly good at getting into any pond - generally by swimming upstream during a heavy rain. Just in the last month I drained a 1/2 acre cattle pond mostly with a 2" PVC pipe siphon. Then used pallets to get out to the middle without sinking to my chest in muck, pumped out more water, then used 100 pounds of hydrated lime to kill the sunfish, little crappie, and shiners. The recent big rains have filled it back up and now I can start over with quality fish in a pond. If I has tossed in fathead minnows, they would have been eaten fast.
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Can ya have crawdads in a minnow pond and they all do ok? I just go to the nearest creek or river and trap all the minnows I want.
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Can ya have crawdads in a minnow pond and they all do ok? I just go to the nearest creek or river and trap all the minnows I want.

At one time the owner of Missouri Goldfish Hatchery (no gold fish now...all minnows) had trouble with crawdads in his 200 minnow ponds eating just as much food that he feeds the minnows. Both minnows and crawdads would hear the tractor hauling the feed and come to the edge of the pond to gobble up the fish food he would feed each day. They were a profit killer......until he found buyers for the crawdads which he gets a goodly amount for them. 35 years ago I could drive over with a huge cooler and Randy would gladly fill it with giant sized crawdads. Not so today. He turned a nuisance into a profit.


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