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Nick Jones

Paris, Texas USA
Kosse, Texas USA

Working throughout Texas and Oklahoma

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Professional Excavation Services

Professional  Project Consultations

Specializing in Recreation Ponds and Trophy Fishing Lakes

Quality excavation work is almost always forever.

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

A Lake Liner is the Ultimate Fishing and Recreation Lake Construction Method.


Quality Excavation and Construction of All Types
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Detailed Project Listing

Lamar County, TX

The Changing Role of Fishing Lakes

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

The proposition of redoing an improperly constructed farm pond or fishing lake is always more expensive than the initial pond construction. Experience and knowledge count in this business.


  • Fishing Lakes
  • Recreational Lakes
  • Retreat Locations
  • Professional Project Consultation
  • Farm Ponds
  • Land Clearing
  • Specialized Excavation Projects
  • Specialized Lake Liner Projects

The satisfaction of a dream fulfilled

Northeast Texas

This picture is not a 'stock photo' from some professional photographer's portfolio. It is an actual picture of one of our successful lake retreat projects that has matured 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.

Families used to sit down to dinner every evening and discuss what that day had brought them. Family values were of paramount importance 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 announces a new operations base in Central Texas for 2014. 

Beginning a new year in typical Soilmovers 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.  Looking back on our list of past projects it is apparent that Soilmovers LLC has spent a good amount of time working in Central Texas on some spectacular 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.

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!

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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 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.

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



Land, mother-nature’s canvas.

Completing the masterpiece requires an artist in the field of excavation.

You need a contractor with imagination, a feeling for effect and form.

 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




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 and trophy fishing lakes. They have completed many successful farm pond , fishing lake projects  and country lake retreats in Texas and Oklahoma in past years.

Installing plastic lake liner near College Station, TX

Soilmovers LLC can turn your dreams into reality. Check out our credentials and qualifications here.

Driveway construction near Bryan, TX

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.



Near Sulphur Springs, TX

Please note: 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 for over a decade. We take pride in our work and it shows!


Lamar County, TX

Construction of the more complicated fishing pond or fishing lake is definitely not something you want an inexperienced contractor to tackle.  Proper fishing lake construction requires engineering, experience and the proper equipment. The excavation contractor you hire to construct the fishing lake or farm pond of your dreams has to be an expert. 

We have the experience and equipment to turn your dreams into reality. Our portfolio speaks for its' self. 


Soil testing with core drilling machine near Palestine, TX

The Role of Texas Farm Ponds and Fishing Lakes

Conservative estimates place the correct number of farm ponds 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 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; some may be unsafe.

Until recently, little concern was shown for construction safety in building farm pond dams. Now, however, 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.

Farm ponds are constructed 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.

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 then the initial pond construction. Do it right the first time."

Contact Nick at Soilmovers LLC today.

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Near Alvarado, TX



Water is a precious resource for any property owner.  Water features like fishing lakes, farm ponds and recreational lakes add two fold value. A great fishing lake or recreational lake will add both monetary and aesthetic value to your acreage property. We can take your water feature project from inception to completion and allow you to enjoy the full potential of your investment.

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