THE $25,000 QUESTION HOW MUCH FOR A 5-ACRE BASS FISHING NIRVANA?
For the perfect pond site, expect to pay $3,000 to $5,000 per acre, permitting and dam building included. (In some cases, where the terrain is lacking suitable soil, the cost could spiral to $10,000 per acre.) Beyond the architecture, finned critters are going to set you back up to $500 per acre for baby bass and a buffet of baitfish. You're looking at $15,000 minimum for excavation and permits and $2,500 for an embarrassment of fishes. Throw in feeders and other minor necessities and you'll max out around $25,000. --D.S.