Low water in my pond - my channel catfish are gonna die

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by Catmaster, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Catmaster

    Catmaster New Member

    SE Kansas
    I have a pond full of channel, big channel (upwards of 15 pounds), but SE Kansas is realy dry right now and the ponds are going dry. My pond is spring fed but it still gets pretty low. I feed them every day now. I was wondering what I can through in the water for them to spawn in? This pond sets in our front yard and is kept pretty clean of moss. So, scence it has not rained I'm affraid they will not have anywhere to spawn.

  2. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

    i bet they will be all right catmaster. your water temp proabably wont get warm enough for them to spawn until probably late april . by then we will get some rain. if you are worried though try some clean barrels or big trash cans.

  3. terrycook3

    terrycook3 New Member

    the nice thing about cats is they will wait until they come across the right conditions to spawn-ive caught cats in the fall that were still holding thier eggs!-gl
  4. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

    South of Dallas
    If ya want something to put in there for them try 15 gal or 55gal. plastic barrels clean of course weight them down with cinder blocks and ya will have some nice catfish holes fro them to go into. But like was said before, they will be ok and spawn when the temp is right.
  5. catter5000

    catter5000 New Member

    I agree, barrels make excellent spawning areas for channels.Just make sure they are clean.Another good thing I have used is old tires,just use something to prop them open. If you have cats as big as you say you might have to use truck tires.I do this too,and they will use them to spawn in.This may sound silly but it works.
  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

    Little Rock, AR
    I'd check with my local county agent to find out just how hot your pond water can get before the cats start floating belly up in significant numbers. If the water starts getting close to that temp, I'd get me a powerful pump to pump water up over the pond in a spray. The evaporation will cause the water level to drop even faster, but it will also cool the water and put oxygen back into it. Don't be concerned if the cats quit eating when the water gets hot; that's normal. Just be sure that the cats are eating whatever food you do put in the pond. Unused food will rot, using up the oxygen, killing the fish.
  7. shortshank

    shortshank New Member

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  8. onlyone

    onlyone New Member

    SE Kansas
    We have a spring-fed slough at one of our places. A few years ago it went dry so we had a bull-dozer come in and scrape it out. When it did, it must have uncovered the spring or something because 2 days later, the little slough was almost full. As far as keeping the fish alive--I dont know. Do you have another pond close by you could transfer them to, or at least some of them?
  9. kspor

    kspor New Member

    Wichita Kansas
    I wouldnt worry too much. Unless you fish the pond heavy a lost spawn wont hurt too much. If nothing else a bunch of buckets or old culvert will work.
  10. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

    Guthrie, Oklaho
    May be worth running water from a well, if possible. If they die, it will take years to replace them...and they do almost become family. But, it's your call. Ponds are the same here in OKlahoma....dry, dry, dry.
  11. Just call me C.

    Just call me C. New Member

    you said your pond is full AND low...hopefully not too full. if the water level continues to drop a lost spawn might be a good thing...if they do spawn and it still drops you might have too many fish and lack of oxygen which would kill off your biggest fish first. but like the others said...dont worry about it unless you start seeing white bellies floating around
  12. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

    Montgomery, Alabama
    I would not worry right now, unless u see dead fishing floating in the water. U might wont to give a try at filling it up with water.