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Private Pond Water Management #703781

Asked July 21, 2020, 8:46 PM EDT

We have a man made pond, and we’d like to maintain a higher water level. We have some nice bluegill, bass and catfish, obviously as we get into late summer our water level gets lower. I’d like to explore the option of adding a well, for the pond. Pros and cons, also keeping the fish healthy. 1/2 acre pond. Any and all help would be much appreciated.

Washtenaw County Michigan

Expert Response

Hello and thank you for your inquiry,

There is a document that I think will help with your question about water levels and maintaining healthy fish populations.

I wanted to point you to a place where you can find a few nice pond management resources:

Pond Management Resources
https://www.oakgov.com/msu/programming/Pages/natural-resources.aspx

There is some information in this Pond Management FAQs document that you will find helpful, about water supply and levels (p. 7):

https://www.oakgov.com/msu/programming/Documents/faqs_pond_mgt.pdf

Another resource that will give you a broader understanding of pond management and also more specific information about the requirements required to support various fish species:


Managing Michigan Ponds for Sport Fishing.
https://www.oakgov.com/msu/programming/Documents/e1554_ponds_sportfishing.pdf

 Hope this is helpful!


Bindu Bhakta Replied July 27, 2020, 12:56 AM EDT

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