This is exciting! My father did this to our property where I grew up. He would stock it every 5 years. He bought a big stainless steel bulk tank where he would let them grow until they were big enough. It kept them safe from racoons.
It helps to have running water constantly in the warmer months. Do you know if there is an underground spring there?
You will love it when your pond is complete! Wishing you the best.
There is nothing like catch fresh trout for dinner from you own back yard :-)
Your so lucky!
Snapping Turtles like fresh trout too / buddy had to build his inground tank higher off the ground, to keep them out.
- also been told, Brown Trout stocked in a Bass river...soon only the trout live on / stocking Rainbow is perfect
40 years ago, visiting a farm neighbor, he had a nice fresh trout setup (rainbow stocked).
There was an underground water stream running beside his house, so he dug a 15 foot deep hole, about a 20 foot diameter.
Then he filled the big hole with a round corregated metal grain bin, fresh water came in the bottom and flowed (trickled) out near the top.
It was deep enough, that the bottom of the make shift aka well, had cold water, to support trout life (due to the depth of water).
A few times a day, he would throw a couple handfuls of pig pellet or rabbit type food, on top of the open water tank.
The rainbow flurished and grew to 18 inches in length each, they were very thick in there.
When he wanted a fish fry for lunch, he put a pellet of food on a fishing hook, and in 10 seconds, one large fish, landed & he was flipping out dinner.
Darkevs - congrats on your future lake / I like your batter system...you go girl !!
Nothing better than Rainbow...pan fried with coating of sliced almonds/brown sugar/red wine
...had in once in a SC restaurant (simply to die for).
Also, when I was in grade8, cousins and I fished large bull frogs on a farm next door (with hook & worm)...and yes, they do taste like chicken...LOL.