When driving across the beautiful state of South Carolina, you will realize that there are no shortages of fish ponds. Almost every field you pass has a couple of large ponds. Many of these ponds are man made ponds by farmers or anglers who have the resources to build fish ponds for their own enjoyment. If you are lucky enough to be able to do this, there are several things you should consider when building one.
If you have enough land to build your pond that is close to your home, then you have it made! You can do three things that will keep you fishing throughout the year, no matter rain or sunshine, cold or hot. On one side of your pond, you can have a bulldozer dig out a fairly shallow area. This is a great place for fish to seek out to make their beds and allows bass to come to feed and bed.
On the other end of your pond, you can dig a much larger hole and add many brush piles for smaller fish to hide in from predator fish. Making large holes are good for catfish, and adding more structure like blocks are extremely effective. You can divide the pond with a little bridge that is covered in the middle, so if it rains you can still enjoy fishing. Put in a couple of benches and you’ve got it made. Having a pond close to your house is great for leisure and getting rid of stress from the day or week.