Oh snap, yeah I forgot about the muck layer. yeah that pond had some deep muck even on the shore. Tell you what though, if there isn't a strong westerly or sou'westerly blowing, that alternate pond would be Perfect. The depth stays at the 2-3 ft level and sandy out for approximately 30 yards or so (@kgaigalas correct me if I'm wrong here). I wasn't worried at all when we were looking at that pond last month. Probably correlation, unless there's a lot of dogs pooping in the area. if that is an input, then yeah, you might have gotten a bug from going in.