: cool, clear and clean water is a very valuable resource as are the creatures that live there. Clear water trout
ponds, lakes and streams are the quintessential expression of clean waters. Spring Creek is a group of Aquatic
Biologists who excel in creating the most natural trout lakes, ponds and streams. Our trout habitat designs
range from small landscape or garden trout ponds up to one-hundred acre trophy fly fishing lakes and streams.
Clients across North America seek us out for anything from phone consultations for specific issues, to site
inspections, complete trout habitat design and lake design-build to ensure every detail is perfect.
Our science based trout pond and lake designs produce all the ideal qualities of the perfect trout lake: larger fish, cleaner, oxygen rich water, optimum growing temperatures, clear water, greatly reduced maintenance and a much more natural and beautiful body of water. They will also significantly improve your property value. The alternative to quality trout pond design is either defaulting to stocking warm water fish or succumbing to ongoing lake maintenance that encompasses a significant annual expense. A well designed trout lake will not only save in maintenance, but it will greatly extend the life of your trout pond or lake.
TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS & TROUT IN WARM WATER PONDSMany thousands of warm water fishing ponds can be converted to trout habitat with a bit of help from our quiver of knowledge. In poorly designed ponds, stocking trout can fail when the water reaches roughly 70 ° F. The trout in lakes and ponds of our designs have exceeded 80 ° F temperatures. While this is not consistent with popular publications, we have spent our careers exceeding common knowledge. It is best to record temperatures of existing ponds during late summer, but we have enough of a knowledge base to make a judgement call after we know a bit about your existing waters.
How Deep does a Trout Pond need to be?The answer to this question has so many variables that an entire book could be dedicated to the subject. The three biggest factors to trout lake and pond depth are design, water supply and the genetic stock of trout. The more efficiently we design and utilize water, the shallower the ponds can be. We will say our habitats have ranged anywhere from four feet to over 20 feet deep. This may not be the simple answer people desire, but it is the responsible way to answer a complex question.
Over four decades of our experience and trout pond research have been dedicated to getting more trout, more habitat quality and more enjoyment out of ponds lakes and streams with the minimal level of water resource. We have repeatedly bent and broken most of the rules to deliver the best experience for our clients.
We have worked with many "do it yourself" pond construction scenarios to build trophy trout environments. If the client can follow instruction detail and is competent on heavy construction equipment, we can supply the blueprint to a great trout pond. This avoids those painful words " I wish I knew all this before I built this pond the first time". While an ordinary irrigation or stock pond may be a simple venture, a real trout habitat is absolutely nothing like those simple bodies of water.
TROUT LAKE & POND WATER QUALITY REQUIREMENTS
The general rule is colder, cleaner and oxygen-rich water makes the best trout habitat. The good news is trout ponds that are well designed can overcome the challenges outlined in the table below. There are hundreds of thousands of bass and blue-gill ponds today that can be converted to trout habitats without completely rebuilding the basin. People may say to simply dig the pond deeper, but that can be a big mistake as lakes with poorer quality water lose oxygen when they get deep enough to hold cool water for trout. We will get into depth further down the page. The next thing one might hear is "add an aerator to the pond". There are a great deal of potential trout waters that have been ruined by aerators since they mix the hot shallow water with the cold bottom water. The best strategy is to reduce the oxygen consumption in the pond via good design. At that point, the cold water on the bottom will sustain at least brown and rainbow trout. These types of habitats have several moving parts that complicate the overall goal. If we can identify critical elements, then we can correct them without having to restore the entire system.
Trout are very demanding of quality aquatic habitat. Lakes and ponds designed for trout are easily the most difficult yet rewarding fish habitats to design and build. Each site has a set of unique circumstances that must be addressed in order to achieve successful trout habitat. Combining the desire for clear water and trophy size trout along with colorful wildflowers for natural aesthetics makes the pond design that much more challenging. After we identify what is missing in your location, we create a pond design to address the deficiency. The result is a completely naturally functioning trout environment including trout spawning habitat. We improve the biology, geology, chemistry, geography, and physics of aquatic environments. Getting the sun to shine more often is the only element beyond our control. When the trout lake design and construction come together with careful guidance, the results are incredible.
Knowledge of habitat by itself is not sufficient for the best trout stream, lake and pond designs. We work with a wide range of trout and salmon, which are threatened and endangered species. Trout pond habitat design and genetic stocks of trout are matched together in order to ensure your project's success.
EXPERIENCE AND CREATIVITY. With over thirty years of biological experience and creative problem solving across North America, along with the practical construction experience, we provide you with scientific and practical solutions to build trout pond habitats correctly the first time. Because of our uniquely effective trout habitat designs, we build trout ponds, streams and lakes all across North America, including some very surprising southern locations. Our projects have ranged from trout in small landscape ponds, up to large lakes and analyses of entire watersheds. We have a great deal of experience pushing the limits of temperature tolerance of trout. We have developed a range of creative methods to accomplish what many will claim is not possible. From decades of experience, we know what is required. If we do not believe it can be done, we will happily give you a conservative assessment. Your successful trout habitat is too important to our business.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE LATELY? We recently completed a small trout pond project in the searing heat of central California. While we ensure success by layering additional design features, we did not have to go to the nth degree to achieve success on this project. Again we learned how to push the boundaries of possibility even further via this experience.
YOUR VISION IS OUR VISION.
We have an outline for your use to plan and carry out your project with as much or little help as you require from us. Spend some time looking through our aquatic PLANNING GUIDE to assist you in developing the best aquatic habitat possible. Be sure to visit our TECHNICAL FAQs page for answers to your important questions.
Looking for pond, lake or waterfront property? Take a look at our new PROPERTY LISTING PAGE to locate or sell existing prime property for aquatic habitats.
If you are in the real estate market with particular interests in waterfront properties, spend some time reading the WATERFRONT and LAKE PROPERTY BUYERS GUIDE to evaluate river and lake front properties.
IN THE NEWS: Our Senior Fishery Biologist was the Technical Adviser for an important new trophy trout fishing book titled: Big Trout. This book will change the way you think of chasing trophy trout.
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