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Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri May 11, 2018 6:10 pm

What is safe for fish?
I have been spraying cattails with RoundUp, but I have been getting in the water & spraying towards the shore so very little gets in the water - on a 2.5 acre bass pond.
But, I have a weed in our catfish pond that has many leaves on the surface, small narrow shaped like an arrow head. It is taking over the pond.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby callmefence » Fri May 11, 2018 6:43 pm

Round up Should be fine. It's what I use.
There are some products made for the purpose. I'd urge you to do further research.
The biggest danger is to much dying vegetation at one time depleting oxygen.
Kill just a small spot at a time or aerate.
If you have 110 near the pond I have a very inexpensive system I can gather up some pics.
Cows can work as well.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Fri May 11, 2018 6:51 pm

Thanks - no 110 anywhere near the pond. I will definitely try it in small amounts. The catfish pond is only about 1/4 acre.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Fri May 11, 2018 9:30 pm

You can wash your hands with Roundup. Carmex (sp?) works well, but keep it in small doses. Just like Fence said, you can get the balance off pretty quickly if you aren't careful. I lost a whole pond a few years ago......
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby bird dog » Fri May 11, 2018 9:52 pm

It sounds like pond weed. We have a variety called Texas pond weed.
http://diy.sepro.com/floating-leaf-pondweed

It can be beneficial up to a point. It is very good for small fry to survive. Makes it hard to fish from the bank though. Like the others have said, spray a little bit at a time but leave some if you can.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby greybeard » Sat May 12, 2018 1:43 am

I have a larger, different variety, pond lily of some kind but it is a bass haven.
I've been on a massacre with them rascals every day for a week now and no let up in sight.
It's hard to get a little boat thru the tangle mess that is underwater but worth it.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat May 12, 2018 5:42 am

bird dog wrote:It sounds like pond weed. We have a variety called Texas pond weed.
http://diy.sepro.com/floating-leaf-pondweed

It can be beneficial up to a point. It is very good for small fry to survive. Makes it hard to fish from the bank though. Like the others have said, spray a little bit at a time but leave some if you can.

Yup - that's it! these are Channel Catfish and they spawn in the fall - around Sept?
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby bird dog » Sat May 12, 2018 7:51 am

"Yup - that's it! these are Channel Catfish and they spawn in the fall - around Sept?"

I don't know about New York but around here they spawn when the water gets close to 70 degrees which is right about now. I bass fish a lot and sometimes in May when when they are ready to spawn, they get real aggressive and will smash a spinnerbait or a plastic worm. When you see Pond Weed out on a reservoir, its always worth of a cast or two. On my ponds I fish it with a plastic frog.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby greybeard » Sat May 12, 2018 9:36 am

bird dog wrote:"Yup - that's it! these are Channel Catfish and they spawn in the fall - around Sept?"

I don't know about New York but around here they spawn when the water gets close to 70 degrees which is right about now. I bass fish a lot and sometimes in May when when they are ready to spawn, they get real aggressive and will smash a spinnerbait or a plastic worm. When you see Pond Weed out on a reservoir, its always worth of a cast or two. On my ponds I fish it with a plastic frog.

If I had taken my phone with me yesterday, I'd show a channel cat caught on a silver spoon.
Sometimes a frog or worm rigged weedless works good here, but spinners and spoons are king right now..from about 9am till 1 pm as long as the wind isn't blowing, then it all dies down till later in the afternoon. That grass and weeds and lilies are like air conditioning for the fish.

I do need to spray some of mine but lost my little 25 gal sprayer in the flood and I can't carry a backpak sprayer.

(also need to set some trotlines or get the scouts out here again and fish all these mud cat out. They were all gone till last year's flood and now they have just about taken over again.)
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat May 12, 2018 9:59 am

I love to bass fish the lily pads with a weedless minnow. Favorite way to fish. Love watching that ripple in the water as the Big Mouth gets ready to lunge after the minnow.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat May 12, 2018 10:57 am

callmefence wrote:https://youtu.be/Pv6OvaQ1aAU

LOL That's the biggest I ever caught. Mostly 2-3# - which give you a nice fight on an ultra-light.
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Postby greybeard » Sat May 12, 2018 1:51 pm

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And a slew of these little suckers, one right after another. Every once in a while will catch one about twice that size... :(
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat May 12, 2018 4:59 pm

I am soooo jeolous!!! We cannot bass fish until 6-15 after spawn. Although, I have been known to fish my own pond privately. We snip the barbs off some of our lures to catch & release at my pond - unless we are fishing for dinner. Phil has a 16 x 20 cabin at the pond and we cook (well he cooks) over a fire a few nights a week during the summer.
I do not allow anyone else to fish our ponds.
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Re: Spraying Pond weeds

Postby BC » Sat May 12, 2018 8:19 pm

You might refer to this site for help identifying aquatic weeds and it also has control methods - both mechanical and chemical.
https://aquaplant.tamu.edu/
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