He is, indeed, on the side of the mountain. The houses below will be safe because the pond has yet to be actually excavated. About 5' - 6' of earth yet to be moved from where ya see, pushed up to create the pond side above the houses to create the 12' depth. Hard to explain just yet, without the work done and more pictures. The guy that Mike hired to build it is a 73 year old preacher man (the white haired guy) who has built hundreds of ponds, so I have no worries about the integrity of the finished product.
The spillway is what the large pipes are being laid for. There's a creek below the pond site, and behind the houses you see, where the spillway will be piped to. Only for emergency runoff.
And yeah, the plan is for fingerling LMB, asst. sunfish type species, catfish, and crappie. Along with asst. appropriate baitfish native to the area. I'll take a leap and bet that Mike will want to buy some larger bass to start the pond with as well
We've spent many hours at night over beers designing a cool bass pond over the last few years, so any structure/cover you can think of is in the plan. Not just for fishing, but correct for the health and spawning of the fish. For a long lived, healthy pond.
We had the idea of leaving an island, but that's not gonna work out
, but there will be a small pier I hafta build to fish off of, and to tie up the boat to.
It'll be a johnboat only type of pond. Too small for outboards obviously, so no boatramp is neccessary. That big clump looking thing below the tall Poplar in the one shot is a gigantic stump that will find a good spot somewhere. And hopefully will become home to Bubba bass