How To Backyard Fish From Your Garden

Perhaps you have never heard of the term before, but backyard fishing has been steadily growing in popularity over the years. Basically speaking, it is when you set up a pool with freshwater fish and harvest them; such an activity has been considered to be beneficial to self-sustainable harvesting.

With that said, how can you get started? In this article, we will teach you the “how-to” on backyard fishing from your garden, in order to yield some of the best, freshest fish for you to enjoy. Without further ado, let us get started!


Things You Will Need For This Tutorial

  • A pond. No good backyard fishing starts without having a pond or at least a pool to contain the fish in!
  • Digging materials. Shovels, hoes, and spades help clear way for the pond or the pool to occur.
  • Water pump. Instead of using a regular hose which can take all day to fill up a pool, investing in a hefty water pump can fill gallons and gallons of water at once, thus saving you time.
  • A drain. To prevent fish from getting sucked away into the grating system, having an anti-vortex drain is the way to go.
  • A liner. To help maintain the shape of the pond or pool, you will need to get some liners to hold it in place; getting a sturdy, non-erosive one is ideal.
  • Education jets. These particular items regulate current flow to keep water constantly running and working.
  • A skimmer. A sort of filter, it clears up debris and fallen leaves to keep the water clean and fresh.
  • Bead filter. Besides filtering out debris, it also promotes good bacteria to flourish in the water.
  • UV water clarifier. Especially if your pool or pond is exposed to lots of sun, a good amount of algae will bloom, so filtering it out with a UV water clarifier prevents it from getting out of hand.

​Step-by-step Tutorial


Figure Out Where You Would Like Your Pond Or Pool Placed


Essentially, it comes down to whether you would like your pool or pond to be directly in the sun or not. Having lots of sun hitting the water can lead to the overgrowth of algae, but having too much shade might not be best for harvesting fish, who might need that sunlight. That said, try to find a balance between the two extremes for an ideal system.


Consider The Dimensions And Style Of Your Pool Or Pond

You will have to ask yourself a few questions before you can start constructing your pool or pond. Questions concerning the depth, size, and shape are important aspects to consider, since it impacts just how much fish you would like to harvest.


Start Digging!

Mark your path and, using either manual labor or machine labor, break up the earth for your pool or pond. Make sure to keep it uniform throughout, in terms of size and depth. If necessary, make adjustments until you see it fitting.


Set Up The Drain At The Bottom

Make a small hole in the center of the pool or pond’s bottom, and insert the anti-vortex drain into it. Check to make sure that it is well-connected with other pipeline features.


Line Up The Pool Or Pond

Using a liner, wrap it around the edges of the pool or pond, making sure that it is well-positioned and secured. It is expected that it will last at least a decade, if not more, so that you do not need to replace it often.


Set Up The Education Jets And Skimmer

Unless you know exactly where and how to install them, perhaps you might need to ask for professional help in order to make this happen. Otherwise, figuring out which pipelines to connect it to is the way to go.


Set Up The Bead Filter And UV Water Clarifier

This is similar to the jet and skimmer installation processes: either refer to professional help or know exactly where and which lines to connect them to.

For example of pond filtration system setup, check out this video:


Pump The Water

Use the water pump to get started, especially if your pond or pool requires over 1,000 gallons of water to fill up. Granted, it will save you a lot more time than if you were to use a small garden hose!

For cleaning the water pump, check out this video here:


Add The Fish

Decide what kind of fish you would like to harvest: are you a fan of tilapia or would you simply like certain types for display, such as koi or goldfish. In any case, it is up to you.


Start Harvesting!

Just like with flowers or crops, maintaining fish requires some work. Regularly feed your fish and check often for the water temperature and know when to change the water. You might also want to consider a braided fishing line for spinning reels for future harvesting.

For ways on how to maintain your pond, check it out here:​


​Overall, when it comes to making a backyard fishing pond or pool, it can take effort, but in the end it can be a very rewarding experience for your gardening endeavors.

Happy gardening!

Shary Saunders

Shary Saunders is the founder and chief editor of Gardening and landscaping have been her passion for years. You can find Shary on Twitter at @SharySaunders. Read more about Shary here.

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