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Posted: 3/13/2011 6:08:20 PM EST
I have a 1/2 acre pond on my land with bass and black crappie already established in the water. The crappie are few and far between due to the depth not being anywhere near 15ft and the fact that their is literally no vegetation in the water for them to hide. Can any one name off a few beneficial plants or water grass that would benefit the fish but not necessarily be pervasive? I've looked through he TX ext site for ponds and water but it doesnt actually list any that are beneficial.

I'd like some simple plants that would be easy to keep in check that will allow for the crappie and baby fish to grow larger and feed in. Also, a site to purchase this stuff would help too. Thanks guys.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:14:49 PM EST
Water lillies?
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:18:21 PM EST
Lilly pads are great cover, but can over run a small pond. Same with anacaras. With some management you should be able to keep it in check.

AVOID CARP LIKE THE FUCKIN PLAGUE
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:23:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By Jacobdw:
Lilly pads are great cover, but can over run a small pond. Same with anacaras. With some management you should be able to keep it in check.

AVOID CARP LIKE THE FUCKIN PLAGUE

Bad experience?

What about eel grass?
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:23:48 PM EST
I've heard of guys sinking Christmas trees to establish structure around here
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:26:28 PM EST
Sink some brush or Christmas trees, but, seriously, putting crappie in a 1/2 acre pond is a waste. If they ever get established, they'll take off and overpopulate before you can say 'I got a big 'un'.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:27:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:27:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 6:33:43 PM EST by BlackRifle76]
Hire a dredger to dig your pond deeper.

I believe they can dredge it with a dragline.

Then plant cypress trees.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:28:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Sink some brush or Christmas trees, but, seriously, putting crappie in a 1/2 acre pond is a waste. If they ever get established, they'll take off and overpopulate before you can say 'I got a big 'un'.

If he has the right ratio of bass to crappie the pond can manage. 1/2 an acre is pretty small though.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:29:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 6:29:31 PM EST by Cougar_Fan]
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:29:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 6:32:43 PM EST by VaFarmBoy]
I believe they are called willow oaks, but they are bush-like and grow along the bank. In areas away from the bank, you will need some structure as well. Throw in some cut cedars or make up that PVC pipe thing that is online somewhere. The PVC thing is nice because you won't hang it with your hook.

Along one part of the bank, lay down some rip rap rock extending down into the water. When it is colder, the rock will raise the water temp a degree and bass will be attracted to it.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:31:08 PM EST
put in artificial structure.pvc 'trees', buckets of concrete with 1" black plastic water pipe,tire reefs,etc.
yer welcome
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:31:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By stretch415:
I've heard of guys sinking Christmas trees to establish structure around here


This
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:31:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By Cougar_Fan:
Pond Boss


Great site, one of the few I belong to.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:35:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:43:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By memyselfandi:
I have a 1/2 acre pond on my land with bass and black crappie already established in the water. The crappie are few and far between due to the depth not being anywhere near 15ft and the fact that their is literally no vegetation in the water for them to hide. Can any one name off a few beneficial plants or water grass that would benefit the fish but not necessarily be pervasive? I've looked through he TX ext site for ponds and water but it doesnt actually list any that are beneficial.

I'd like some simple plants that would be easy to keep in check that will allow for the crappie and baby fish to grow larger and feed in. Also, a site to purchase this stuff would help too. Thanks guys.


Have you tried here

TPWD

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:00:48 PM EST
Thanks guys! The hive minds saves the day again
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 7:13:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 7:14:53 PM EST by CRC]
Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Sink some brush or Christmas trees, but, seriously, putting crappie in a 1/2 acre pond is a waste. If they ever get established, they'll take off and overpopulate before you can say 'I got a big 'un'.


Not really

The bass will eat them out most likely

Sink some brush piles or cut evergreens.

Cut some red cedar or spruce trees and sink them.

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