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SoilMovers LLC -- Nick Jones.

Bremond, Texas USA

Working throughout Texas and Oklahoma

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Specializing in Trophy Fishing Lakes, Recreation Ponds and Rural Lake Retreats.


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Trophy Fishing Lakes

If you want to catch a good fish then you need to build a good fishing lake.

A plastic lake liner is the ultimate fishing and recreation lake construction method


We are experts in the design and construction of trophy fishing lakes utilizing a plastic lake liner.


SoilMovers LLC - Premium Rural Retreats and Lake Construction

Premium Lake Design and Expert Construction
Trophy Fishing Lakes    Recreational Lakes    Rural Retreat Locations    Country Lake Residences
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Rural Farm Lake,recreation lake,fishing lake- Lamar County, TX

Lamar County, TX

The Changing Role of Fishing and Recreation Lakes

More and more rural property owners today are wanting fishing ponds or recreation lakes added to their property. Ranch and farm lakes also provide a ready reservoir of valuable water in these uncertain times. Fishing pond construction is more complicated than the building of a simple stock tank or farm pond. Your local bulldozer operator might get a farm pond or lake right the first time. Might is a big gamble.  If he doesn’t get it right, if the farm pond will not hold water, if the banks are too steep,if the lake dam leaks,  if the pond does not fill up correctly; you are left with an eyesore which must be drained and reconstructed.

The proposition of re-doing an improperly constructed farm pond or fishing lake is always more expensive than the initial pond building. Experience and knowledge count in this business and as the older and more experienced craftsmen retire, it becomes harder and harder to find someone who knows what they are doing. When it comes to lake building and how the intricate infrastructure of a premium rural lake retreat all fits together, there is no substitute for experience and a proven track record.

3/4 of Texas recently experienced the wettest May on record (2015).  There were torrential rains and flooding with considerable loss of life and property.  2 weeks later, Tropical Storm Bill barreled up out of the Gulf and saturated the area with rain again for a real knockout punch. Many ranch lakes across the affected area failed, dams breached, spillways washed away, buildings were lost.  We know because we got the calls from landowners who needed help repairing and re-doing their ranch lakes, fishing lakes and tanks.  Not a single one of our past projects was compromised in any way.  That really says it all doesn’t it?



The Satisfaction of a Dream Fulfilled – A Country Lake Residence
Rural Ranch Retreat and Fishing Lake,coutry lake residence,weekend lake retreat - Northeast Texas

Northeast Texas Rural Ranch Lake Retreat

This picture is not a ‘stock photo’ from some professional photographer’s portfolio. It is an actual picture of one of our successful rural lake retreat projects that has matured very well since completion several years ago. The clients keep a canoe handy for fishing in the lake stocked with bass, sunfish and catfish. Mature oaks shade the banks where deer come to drink. Wild geese winter on the lake every year. It is an idyllic country retreat and the land owners enjoy their investment every day.

Families used to sit down to dinner every evening and discuss what that day had brought them. Family values were of paramount importance back then but today’s society is so much different. We are electronically connected worldwide and the Smartphone or iPad is never far away. It seems we just cannot let go of our careers. Working 60 hours or more with a work week that now spans seven days, children and spouses are often displaced by the drive to succeed and advance in a career field. We think nothing of allowing an xBox or cable TV the monopoly of time with our children. One on one time with the family has been replaced with a career and electronic babysitters. Read the rest here………


SoilMovers LLC announces a new lake construction operations base in Central Texas for 2016.

Beginning a new year in typical SoilMovers LLC fashion where our goal is to better serve our growing client base, Soilmovers LLC has established an operations base in Central Texas. Over the years, Nick has found his talents mesh well with the land and the people of Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Looking back on our list of past lake and rural retreat projects it is apparent that Soilmovers LLC has spent a good amount of time working in Central Texas on some spectacular lake construction jobs. An operations base closer to our client’s location means reduced transportation costs to move the equipment and more time spent on the job moving it to completion.  The new operations base is a fly-in location with a grass runway.  The ability to fly out of Central Texas puts him just a few hours away from most clients.  This supports Nick’s growing consulting business.

Nick taking off from our Central Texas location for another consult.

In particular, this location gives him unprecedented access to the scenic Texas Hill Country.  That rocky soil with granite outcroppings has always presented a challenge to lake builders. Nick’s  vast experience with plastic lake liner construction fits the bill perfectly for this area.

Our goal has always been to provide true value and unparalleled expertise and knowledge to our clients. The new Central Texas operations base is a ‘win-win’ for future clients and SoilMovers LLC.

All Fishing Lakes and Farm Ponds are NOT Equal!

A body of water on your property is a desirable feature which adds value and provides pleasure for the land owner. Fishing lakes are called many names. In Texas and the Southwest, they may be known as pools, ranch lakes or stock tanks. In other areas of the country, it may be farm ponds, farm lakes, fishing lakes or swimming ponds.

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Mother Nature’s Bounty. Nothing better than fish caught right out your front door!

Regardless of what the water feature on your farm or ranch is called, their primary use as water sources for livestock has diminished over the years and lake building practices have evolved to suit the need. Today’s property owner wants a farm pond, fishing lake or recreational lake which adds beauty, value and pleasure to their property.

  • Land is mother nature’s canvas.
  • You need a contractor with imagination, a feeling for effect and form and most of all –  experience combined with honesty and integrity.
  • Completing the masterpiece requires an artist in the field of excavation.

A client says “It is rare to find a consultant who puts such thought and effort into his work as Nick Jones. I recently had the privilege to witness his team of professionals build a beautiful lake, and sculpt my raw land into a much more aesthetically pleasing and functionally utilizable piece of property. Nick and his crew provide the quality craftsmanship that it takes to create a body of water that will enhance the value and enjoyment of your land.More references ………….


On the job in Central Texas 2016

It takes a rare combination of experience, knowledge and proper equipment to complete a job at the highest possible levels. Most contractors never attain that level. SoilMovers LLC routinely exceeds our client’s expectations.

Nick Jones, of SoilMovers LLC and his associates, have over 60 years of experience in all types of excavation. This includes ranch improvements, wildlife habitat and specialization in the design and construction of farm ponds, trophy fishing lakes, rural lake retreats and complete infrastructure improvements. They have completed many successful farm pond, fishing lake projects, plastic lake liner installations and country lake retreats in Texas and Oklahoma for over a decade.

Construction of the more complicated fishing pond, fishing lake or plastic lake liner project is definitely not something you want an inexperienced contractor to tackle. Building a proper fishing lake requires engineering, experience and the proper equipment to attain the level of a trophy fishing lake. The excavation contractor you hire to construct the fishing lake or farm pond of your dreams has to be an expert.

SoilMovers LLC can turn your dreams into reality.

Pictures of our work-  All photographs are the sole property of SoilMovers LLC and are 100% original, reflecting actual projects SoilMovers LLC has done. We love what we do and we have been improving Texas ranch and farm properties with upgraded water features exclusively for over ten years. We take pride in our work and it shows!  Enjoy the quick slideshow and place your mouse on the picture for a brief description. (Lots of great pictures- May take a while to load!)



The Role of Texas Farm Ponds and Fishing Lakes
Improved wildlife habitat. Ranch Lake and ranch retreat. Lamar County, TX

Improved wildlife habitat at rural lake retreat. Lamar County, TX

Conservative estimates place the real number of farm ponds and ranch lakes in Texas at over 800,000. These farm ponds range in size from less than one acre to over 60 acres in size and 25% of all fishing in Texas takes place in private farm ponds and fishing lakes. Unfortunately, many of these ponds are so poorly constructed that they fail to serve the purpose for which they were originally designed and some may even be unsafe and a catastrophe in the making.

Until recently, little concern was shown for construction safety in building farm pond dams. Now, many states are routinely checking pond dams and condemning those which are unsafe. Condemned farm ponds must be drained and repaired or destroyed. Therefore, it is important to properly construct new ponds or lakes in order to prevent expensive condemnation or structural failure of the dam. Much of Texas is subject to torrential rains when a Hurricane or Tropical Storm sweeps in from the Gulf or maybe Mother Nature will just be unpredictable like she was in May of 2015 when 75% of Texas experienced the wettest May on record.

Farm ponds are built for many purposes. Those designed for livestock watering, irrigation, and fire protection must be built near the use they serve and also contain adequate water. Farm ponds or fishing lakes used for flood and erosion control frequently are located in dry valleys or depressions and have the capability for the storage of large quantities of water, especially during heavy rainfall and spring floods.

Farm ponds constructed for fish and wildlife production or recreation are designed and constructed for (1) easy access, (2) adequate volume and, (3) water level manipulation. Farm ponds can be designed and built to serve multiple purposes with advanced planning. You just have to choose the contractor that is right for your job. Building anything more than a basic stock tank requires an excavation contractor with a depth of experience with a multitude of different projects,  a stable of expensive, dependable equipment to do the job right and the innate ability to visualize the final product which fulfills your dream.

We have a long, successful track record satisfying the needs of our clients. Take a look at our extensive list of varied excavation projects here.


“The proposition of redoing an improperly constructed farm pond or fishing lake is always more expensive than the initial pond construction. Do it right the first time.”

Contact Nick at SoilMovers LLC today.

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West Texas Lake Renovation

West Texas Lake Renovation near Abilene, TX

“A silk purse from a sow’s ear”

My business is looking at land, figuring how to build the best recreational land tract and then building it in a cost effective and timely manner. Consequently,  I see a wide variety of land tracts and each has its’ own personality and challenges.  No two projects are ever the same! When viewing a new lake project, my first thought is always “What am I going to be able to do with this?”  My second thought is “I have never seen a piece of land that did not have something good about it.”

The current project near Abilene, Texas is a 400 acre tract of land that covers a creek bottom as well as a relatively high ridge.  When it comes to land,  large mature trees are always a great aesthetic feature to build on but hard to come by in areas where the annual rainfall is not over 28 inches.  With an average rainfall of only 24 inches this land tract is mostly covered with mesquite and cedar, surrounded by open farmland that is relatively flat.  The only thing going for this piece of Texas dirt is an existing spring fed lake that is generic in design and the ridge that it is situated on.  The fascinating part of this unique project are the springs that materialized on TOP of the ridge.

The goal of this project is to re-design the existing lake so that it compliments a new house and enhances the land tract overall.  Fortunately the house was built on a high point so there was elevation to work with and the views were excellent.  Bringing the water closer to the house as the ground elevation rises is typically best achieved by building retaining walls to step down the elevation.  Materials to build these types of walls are quite expensive when trucked in but fortunately in this case the rocks were generated on site. When excavating the lake,  I found a layer of cap rock that was ‘popped out’ and stockpiled for later use.  Having a good supply of cheap rocks to work with dramatically changed the game plan for this project and I could sense that a “silk purse from a sows ear”  was about to unfold.  Advantage to the land owner for hiring a contractor who realized this discovery dramatically altered the entire project to his huge benefit.

The first step was to cut the dam and drain about 8 feet of water from the lake so that work could be done all along the lake shore.  A drain pipe was installed so that the water level can be kept low during construction.  The drain pipe will be re-engineered for use as a siphon overflow pipe when construction is complete and the lake is allowed to re-fill to its new, higher level.  For the most part we are excavating for depth so a large amount of spoils dirt is generated.  When you are spending money to move dirt and you have spoils dirt to deal with the challenge is to figure out a good use for the spoils dirt so that it adds value to the property.  In this case the existing dam had steep sides and a narrow top.  This type of dam creates a dangerous situation and an accident waiting to happen in the world of ATV’s and kids — and careless adults too for that matter.  Using the spoils dirt to lengthen the back slope of the dam and to widen the top was a good bang for the buck.  The dam was also raised 12” overall so that the lake level could be re-established 12” higher to improve the elevation change from the house to the lake water level.

A good contractor must have the ability to realistically picture the finished product and that picture must fit aesthetically. 

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