Work has continued at our coarse lakes and special thanks must go to Mike Britten, Bob Badham, Paul Clancy, Paul Barnard, Steve Trevett , Ben Bentley for their efforts at the lakes. Dave George for pursuing extra fishing leads and Dom Longley for his invaluable advice.
The latest position at each of the lakes is;
Blue/green algae declared clear after latest samples analysed by EA. No fish lost.
Opening of Whitebird, the big lake, will be July 12th from 4.00pm.
This will allow works at the site using heavier machinery to be completed and the fish some time to recover from their ordeal in the poor conditions of this spring and early summer.
The Pleasure Lake, the smaller lake, will remain closed while work continues adding cover, reducing trees, adding plants. We aim to rebalance the ecology in the small lake and develop a true “pleasure lake” with mixed species and a reduced carp/bream population to maintain the balance.
Both lakes remain closed. No further fish losses but remaining stock need time to recover. Test fishing showed that the remaining fish are still suffering from the poor conditions.
Silt surveys and sampling are ongoing. Mapping of the lake bed is complete and samples are to be analysed to assist decision making about how to deal with the silt. Ground water data for the site has been received from the EA and is being analysed but doesn’t look too problematic at this point.
The best case scenario is that we can reopen Hand’s later this year after fish recovery and introduction of plants. Hand’s lake has marginally less silt than Clark’s and with rebalancing towards plant ecology and some stock management should be usable for fishing this season. Clark’s will remain closed […]