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  • bgleaton
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    Here are some more pictures from today.

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  • bgleaton
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    Lochow Pond Management came out today to do a fish survey and helped treat the shallower areas with algae. I’ll be sure to update you their recommendations along with the testing results.
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  • bgleaton
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    Lochow Pond & Lake Management is coming out on April 11th to do an electrofishing survey, test the water, and take a look at the leak in our dam. We are looking forward to seeing what they say and whether they make any recommendations on how we can improve our bass pond further (i.e. water test, aeration, habitat, removing/adding fish, etc.). I'll be sure to keep you posted. Have a great day!

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  • KactusKiller
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    Things look great, hopefully its a wet yr for most of TX.

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  • jason86
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    Wow that’s awesome

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  • bgleaton
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    It’s incredibly green right now out there! The oats and wheat are starting to show seed. The new small tank is filled. Seeing lots of gobblers in these 3 fields every day out there, which is always fun to see. Does anyone have any experience in mowing the wheat/oats down so it’s more tender and make it more attractive to deer? Just curious if anyone had ever done this or not.
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  • PondPopper
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    Nice!!
    Its unbelievably lush up there..

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  • Big pig
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    Great update. Love the photos
    My experiences here in eastern Brown County mirror the comments of CEHorn.


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  • cehorn
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    Awesome update. Our deer aren't touching protein right now either with the health of our winter plots. I actually turned 2 of our timed feeders off and turned the 3rd one back to 2 seconds a day. Hopefully the plots will last another month and then we can get some spring/summer plots in the ground to carry them through.

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  • bgleaton
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    My family and I went out to the ranch for the last part of Spring Break this past week and were able to get a handful of things done out there. We worked on the big pond a lot so the kids could fish and added more forage fish for the bass. We ended up spraying the algae with copper sulfate and then used a big rake cutter to clear out some spots for the kids to fish. I was very impressed with how quickly the copper sulfate worked but I read that you have to be careful on how much you kill at a time because it can cause an oxygen issue in your pond. We were able to drop two of the Honey Hole structures in some areas that are 10+ft deep and also dropped 2 cedar brush piles in 9ft of water. The bass are looking good, just need to keep removing the small ones as much as possible and keep the water in good condition. We are going to try to get someone out there soon to help fix a small leak in the backside of our pond and do a fish survey to determine what we have and see if they have any recommendations on growing big bass. One thing I have noticed is that we have a lot of bluegill but when our fish feeder shoots out the feed we never see the fish boiling on the surface. I'm hoping that the fish will start eating the Purina Aqua Max because that stuff is crazy expensive!

    The food plots look amazing with all of the rainfall we have gotten after January 1st - 4.35in for the year. This is the best our food plots have looked in years. In fact, our deer aren't even touching the protein feeders or cottonseed feeders right now just because of how green it is out there. The wheat, oats, chicory, and silver river clover are all doing good in all three plots. I'm sure that will change quickly but it's nice to see that the land is providing so much food for the deer herd.
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  • bgleaton
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    Originally posted by Puncher51 View Post
    Have you talked to Macy Ledbetter? I know they install quite a few of them.
    I haven’t spoken with him. I’ll have to look him up and give him a shout.

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  • Puncher51
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    Have you talked to Macy Ledbetter? I know they install quite a few of them.

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  • bgleaton
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    We ended up spraying around the shoreline with copper sulfate. After two days, the pond looked a lot better and became fishable. We are looking into purchasing a solar aerator to help prevent the filamentous algae instead of adding carp. Does anyone have any experience with these solar aerators?

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  • MooseontheLoose
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    Our family friends had a place between Junction and Sonora with a couple ponds on it. They put 5 carp in one of them for the same exact reasons. The ponds were loaded with bass but became unfishable due to the vegetation. The 5 carp worked well for that purpose and they probably could have put a few more in there without issue. Just like Jeff said, you'd see those big suckers cruising the top all the time, sometimes they chased lures/flies, but they were hard to hook up to .

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  • JeffJ
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    Originally posted by Patton View Post
    Have a friend who put some carp in his 5acre tank over 15yrs ago; there still isn’t a single piece of grass or weed growing in that lake and we still see the carp ‘finning’ (they haven’t died off yet). No way I’d ever put carp in. Good luck in whatever you decide on; if carp, definitely go with less than the recommended amount like Jeff mentioned.
    If I saw our grass really getting hammered I would catch them cruising the surface and shoot one.

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