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    Digging pond with backhoe

    We had a little mud hole in one pasture. I bought a backhoe as old as me. Old Case 580C. It needs work but I put a new hyd pump on it as fixed a few cylinders and hoses. Still need to make brakes work. But I wanted to get some run time before I put more money into it. After a day of cleaning out it looked pretty good I thought. Well, why not make it a tad bigger?. Ended up re-keywaying the dam right and making it 15ft at the deepest. I figure it will silt in to 15ft from 18ft. It's got deep spots and submerged humps. Just needs some water now. I threw 50lb of winter rye on it yesterday before the rain. Hopefully sprouts up good. I have about 2 weeks of work on it on evenings and weekends. The no brakes part was a little rough on the inclines. But you can really pack a dam with the front tires and a 1 cubic yard bucket heaping with dirt. I'd say you can sculpt pretty well too once you get a feel for things. No idea what I will out in it yet. Prob just perch. Itll be good for frogs and wildlife. May make a wood duck box for it. Hopefully home to a few crawdads before long too.
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    wow that gives me some ideas but all i need is some realestate to dig my pond well see, good pics there bro thanks for sharing!!
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    Very cool.
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    Thanks. It goes faster than you think with a backhoe. But you have to be strategic on how you dig so you dont have double handle the dirt. Plus theres only so much of an incline you can go to get out of the hole. There were times I had to extend the back bucket to get me leverage to get traction on the rear tires to get out.

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    Good work Sir! We have a small pond out front that is about 3 feet low. Went to look at it the other day and never realized how deep it was in the middle. Of course I made a few casts and caught one small BASS.
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    Thanks Mike. Yup tried to go small and deep to prevent evaporation. Added features to help prevent turnover.

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    So is the pond full yet??
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    Another 4ft to go. We didnt get a lot of the recent rains. I did dump 3 pounds of shiners in there today. It will get a good bit bigger once we can get some rain to fill it up.
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    Will the shinners multiply ??
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    They should. We had them in a pond just a little bigger and they were around for several years til other fish were stocked. Perch and bass will knock them down but they do pretty good if they are the predominant fish.

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