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A Bass Fishing Lake For
The Hydrilla Gorilla

This page will show you the details of what it takes to actually build a bass fishing lake from start to finish. The bass fishing lake in the picture above was built in December 2006. This picture was taken one year later.

It took 11 inches of rain to fill the lake and it all came within a few days.

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This clearing was done in order to "shoot" the grade and verify the water level for the future. What we thought would take several days was less than an hour.........

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These videos are from just after construction of the lake began. A giant track hoe worked all day every day for nine days, filling nine dump trucks over and over as fast as it could. The removed material was used for a nearby road bed. Enough clay was saved to line the bottom of the lake. This is absolutely necessary to prevent seepage, or leaking from the lake.

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The beginning of building the dam.

The dam is beginning to take shape.

The Hydrilla Gorilla parked on its personal dam!

Digging the lake bottom and lining it with clay.

A heavy rain really messes up everything.

Finished Dry Lake

Notice the perfect line of top soil along the top of the dam. It takes a true professional with a bulldozer to do that.

The trees are for fish structure. They don't look like it here but they are gigantic.

The poles for the pier are in before the lake fills up. Poles treated for water contact are called cca-6. Ground contact is cca-4.

Just waiting for the rain to start!

This kind of equipment is NOT cheap!

Bulldozers $250,000 each. Trackhoe $400,000.

Spilling Spillway

This is the spillway after a heavy rain. Works perfectly as it should!

The lake and pier are complete!

The lake took two months to build alone, and the pier took two months by itself.

We manage to somehow catch a nice one every now and then!


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