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Old 08-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Giant Catfish in My Pond??

This is going to be a larger than average post, so hold on.

Fifteen years ago, (five years before we moved in), the previous owner of our house stocked our pond with bluegill, bass, carp, and catfish. I don't know the exact numbers, but before Ivan, I counted 30 or so cats that would come to the dock for food. After Ivan, I counted 0 catfish or carp left. It was a shame too; they were old cats, all at least 7 pounds and the carps were even bigger.

However, I'm led to believe that some catfish survived Ivan... giant ones. Our pond has always had a milky brownish color, while our neighbor's is much clearer. Our neighbor told us that he removed about 10 35+ pound catfish from the bottom of his pond to clear it up. He claims that we have the same problem.

Basically:
1) Do you believe that I have several 35+ pound catfish at the bottom of the pond.
2) How do I go about removing them?

Color comparison of the two ponds. Ours is the right as you can tell.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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Easy way to find out on a pond as small as yours would be to throw out a few jug lines baited with liver wrapped up in panty hose to keep it on the hook. You should get your answer pretty quickly... I know this is a stupid question, but you did clarify with your neighbor that he is not fertilizing his pond or aerating it, right???
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Fishing club I was in had a really muddy pond. A pond mgmt company recommended a high rate of lime application. It "bound" to the particulates and forced them to sink. Made an amazing difference, but was a lot of lime (40 acre lake). Might be an option for your smaller pond.
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You need this dude lol.
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Usually you can get the county to shock it and get you a population idea. At least the do back home in Illinois.
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I guess you've come to the right place if your problem is catching fish! The jug idea should certainly work but I'd want to try hook and line for them just for the sport of it. If you have small fry bream, bass in there just get a couple and rig them grouper dropper rig style. Live or fresh dead. If they're smarter fish (assuming they're in there at all) you might want to go with lighter leader material like 20 or 30 mono / floro. Doesn't look like there's anywhere for them to run off to or much to get tangled in so use lighter tackle.
I sure wish I had a neighbor that needed this type of help!
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Noodling!!!!!!!
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I know this is a stupid question, but you did clarify with your neighbor that he is not fertilizing his pond or aerating it, right???
No extra fertilization or aeration on either of our behalf, but I did forget to mention that he does have a different species of water lilies in his pond. I doubt that makes all that much of a difference though.

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Fishing club I was in had a really muddy pond. A pond mgmt company recommended a high rate of lime application. It "bound" to the particulates and forced them to sink. Made an amazing difference, but was a lot of lime (40 acre lake). Might be an option for your smaller pond.
Tried the lime. It worked marginally but gradually went back to how it is now.

I'm going to try out the liver thing. If I find something down there, I may open up our pond for catfish wrangling
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Honest question here: would you mind if a couple people came & fished it to find out?
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