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Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Jeff Dodd, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    I would estimate this lake to be 10 acres and the deepest part I saw was 14'. Sediment from the two creeks has slowly accumulated.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Contact Larry Hayes at Red Hills Lake. Tell him that I recommended you give him a shout. Larry owns the the lake and is a friend of mine for a number of decades (the majority of photos on his site where taken by me). He is a great guy and I'm sure can fill you in on what is required. His lake is four acres and 12 feet at the deepest spot.

    http://www.redhillslake.com/contact.html
     
  3. B.Willis

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    Thanks Jeff and Gene. As I'm sure you guys know, building suitable trout habitat isn't as easy as digging a hole in the ground. I've seen that experiment fail a few times with other people, lol. I've slowly been doing my research so that when I'm ready to dig, I have it all laid out perfectly.

    Back to the main topic, those trout are hogs! Looks like an action-packed, fun filled day
     
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    I know someone who built a private lake and Larry gave him pointers along the way. Last I heard, the trout in the private lake are up to 5 pounds. You are correct. If you plan to stock it with trout, trout are picky and easily killed.... as Larry can tell you.

    Growing very large trout is a challenge.
     
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    Yeah based upon either my experiences watching others and things I have read, there is a certain temperature range and higher oxygen levels required to keep trout alive and happy. I have a pretty cool design laid out that I wonder is feasible. Thanks for the reference of your friend Larry, I'll be sure to give him a call when I'm getting closer to excavating.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread fellas, I'll make it up to y'all when I build my trout ponds here in the next few years ;)
     
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  6. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The first time I fished private water everything was going good until the owner came down and I had to belly crawl away in the tall grass.
     
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    That's funny! Felt a little like that Sunday. We had community homeowners checking to make sure we were legit, but not sure they believed us.
     
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    So I got a story about ponds. Years ago I lived in southeastern Missouri for a short spell and was there during tornado season. After an F-3 practically leveled the town I went to work lending a hand around town chopping up downed trees in people's yards and cleaning up.

    Outside of the local golf course community there was a modest older house with a large yard that had tons of downed trees, so I went up to the door, knocked and asked the older lady there if I could chop up their trees. "how much?" she asked. I said nothing, I'm just helping out the community. So myself and a few friends started chopping up their trees with our chainsaws.
    After a little bit a crew of guys showed up and started helping, and one of the guys says to me "do you know whose house this is?" "Nope." "it's so and so, the guy who owns the golf course."

    A few minutes later, the older gent that owned the house (and the golf course) came up to me and my friends and asked us how we liked golf. I said I like golf, but I like fishing better. He laughed, and said he's kicked dozens of people off of his course trying to fish the ponds.

    He then offered me free golf and exclusive rights to fish all the course's ponds for life. And boy let me tell ya, the fishing was GOOD
     
  9. Jeff Dodd

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    B.Willis- That is a great story. Sounds like good Karma got you in private water!
     
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