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    Farm Pond Stocking?

    So... I have access to a natural spring fed farm pond via family of family. I fished it maybe 15 years ago and we caught some pretty decent gills and LMB out of it. However, I visited it yesterday and wasn't convinced that there were any fish in there. I figured if you can't catch anything on worms, there can't be many fish but that was a short lived semi-scientific method of determination. It's hard to keep a 3 year old entertained when the fish aren't biting. :sad:

    Anyway, I'm wondering how one would determine if it was worth stocking? I figured measurement of the pond itself as well as the depth would be a good start. I'm told there are a ton of frogs present. So it has some forage to start. I figured adding Bluegill and Bass might be worth the investment for future father son fishing excursions.

    Also, Is the Game and Parks in the business of helping out with private waters? Would they be the party to contact? I know it's a little tricky since I am not the owner, but I certainly have permission to do pretty much whatever I want from the owner.
    Dirty's 2015 Fish Counter

    Fish - A bunch.

    #2
    I did find this...

    http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishin...PondPolicy.pdf
    Dirty's 2015 Fish Counter

    Fish - A bunch.

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      #3
      The NGPC has some really good resources for private pond owners. One is a book that they put out:

      http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/guides/pondguide/

      Another good resource is their Private Waters Program:

      http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishin.../fgprivate.asp

      I have always found the NGPC staff to be very helpful with any questions that I have about managing my pit. Their advice has helped me to create a quality small body fishery for my friends and family to enjoy.
      Last edited by NEBucks; 11-03-2014, 10:12 AM.

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        #4
        Take an underwater camera and search the lake? This can be done on the ice if willing to drill enough holes, hopefully you know where the springs are.
        Also did you try the unexposed banks of the north and northeast corner of the pond. I remember one early April day at Killdeer on the ne corner catching crappie, a bite every cast. Two other anglers came walkdr around the lake catching nothing until they hit my area.

        frank

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          #5
          Originally posted by DirtyBird View Post
          You also need to find this, Private Waters Program .

          You can find contact information for our private waters specialist there, I would suggest you get in contact with Jeff.

          Daryl B.
          Daryl Bauer
          Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
          Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
          [email protected]
          http://ourdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/category/barbs-and-backlashes/

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