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Is it possible to raise fish for meat production in 20ft diameter pond?

 
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I have a small creek on my property that flows at a rate of 7 to 80 gpm, more in heavy rain, closers to 80 in regular rain, and closers to 10 when it's not raining. There's one spot where creek drops about a foot in free fall water fall fashion and in that location it's naturally formed a little pond about 20 ft diameter over all and 4 foot deep in the middle getting steadily shallower as it approaches sides. Is this big enough to raise decent sized fish for eating? I could dig it out some, making it a few feet wider and deeper. The waters naturally aerated from the little waterfall. There are minnows up to 3-4 inches in it year round. I live in ga zone 7b. Any ideas or suggestions?
 
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I strongly advise against digging out existing creeks.  Disturbing the edges may cause massive erosion and soil loss during periods of heavy rain.  I think it is best to dig a fish pond in another location, not in a creek.  Depending on the topography, you might be able to feed the pond with the creek by digging a channel, but this would need to be carefully designed.

 
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I'd guess that a dug out pond in a creek bed would be susceptible to silting in over time; but I'm not sure of this.
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