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Watch a video explaining the importance of what month pond construction should occur.

Alabama State Fish Art Winner from 2000The pond should be completed during the fall or early winter. Fertilized ponds that are 1/4-acre or larger and that contain no fish may be stocked with bass and bream.  A pond should be at least 1/2-acre if the pond is not going to be fertilized. Bream should be stocked in December, January, February or no later than March. Largemouth bass fingerlings should be stocked in May or June.

If ponds are completed during the spring and summer, they are likely to fill with water and become contaminated with wild fish before hatchery fish are available. If contamination occurs, the added expense of renovation is necessary before hatchery fish can be stocked. In addition, ponds that are completed in the spring and remain full of water during the summer are likely to become infested with aquatic plants. If ponds are completed during January or February, they may not fill in time to meet stocking deadlines. For these reasons, timing is important when planning a pond.

The information above came from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's booklet Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds, which is available as a PDF.

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