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  • txshotgun
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    I'm looking at some property in Cass County and it has a approx 1.5 acre pond on it. This thread has certainly caught my attention! Thanks for taking time to post your photos and describe, so clearly, your efforts.

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  • Shorty
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    Chunky

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  • Shorty
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    Originally posted by Harold View Post
    Not sure how you can tell, but one thing is for certain, the female has "nicer lips".

    H

    (You LOOKED, DIDN'T YOU!!! And, believe it or not I WAS RIGHT!!! ha!)


    There are slight but noticible differences between male and female RES, not sure if there is any difference with "nicer lips" or not. Look close at the coloration on the ear tabs and if you know what to look for check the urogental opening (not pictured) for confirmation, I did look at the urogental openings on both fish and I am very confident identifying gender on these two fish.

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  • Harold
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    Not sure how you can tell, but one thing is for certain, the female has "nicer lips".

    H

    (You LOOKED, DIDN'T YOU!!! And, believe it or not I WAS RIGHT!!! ha!)

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  • Shorty
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  • Harold
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    WOW!
    👏

    Harold F.

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  • Shorty
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  • Shorty
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    I caught one of the biggest Golden Shiners so far this evening, easy 10". Who knows, there might be a state record swimming in the the pond.

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  • Harold
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    If I could start over I would make the pond bigger
    Only because you were spoiled in your youth! HA!

    Perfect pond, love the updates... THANK YOU!

    H
    Last edited by Harold; 03-30-2018, 12:57 PM.

  • whitetips
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    It is funny, those redears are just a little different animal. Sure you can catch 'em fishing for bluegills, but if you understand the little differences. . . .

    Always love hearing about your ponds!

    Daryl B.

  • Shorty
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    Biggest surprise was finding out how difficult Redears can be to catch, it took quite a while to crack that nut. Biggest dissapointment were the yellow perch, with as small as the pond is my water temps in the summer are just to warm for them, if I had to do it over I would leave yellow perch out of the mix. If I could start over I would make the pond bigger. (grin)

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  • Jeff4mc
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    Interesting. What would you say have been your biggest surprises both positive and negative with the development of your pond? Is there anything you would change if you could start over?
    Jeff

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  • Shorty
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    Jeff, I did add a handful of mature RES to the pond last year just in case and feed trained a hundred fingerling RES over the summer that I got from a buddies pond. I did a siene survey last fall and it looks like I did have a really good RES spawn over the summer, lots of 1" to 2-1/2" RES. I do believe I had small number of RES survivors after last years winter kill and that these survivors are much better locally adapted to the cold and likely reproduced. So far I have only found a 3 RES morts after ice out this year and two of those appeared to have been caught by smallmouth but not eaten, both of these 5" RES had bite marks on them. I will post more updates as water temperatures warm.

    Here is a good read on RES in northern climates.

    http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthread...=276918&page=1

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  • Jeff4mc
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    I just joined last week and this thread has been a great read! Hoping there are more updates this year!
    Jeff

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  • Shorty
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    19"+

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