Coarse Lakes Update June 25th 2019.

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;

Steeple Langford 

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 […]

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Coarse Lakes Update May 27th 2019.

Only a few days to the opening of the coarse season and sadly we have to tell you that our two main coarse lakes , Petersfinger and Steeple Langford will remain closed for at least the next month.

The fish kill at PF has ended with several clear weeks now and no further losses. The numbers lost remain as published in our last update. Clark’s lake has lost a large proportion of its stock and Hand’s lake has had a smaller loss. We are unlikely to reopen Clark’s this season but when the stock have had a chance to recover and we have a better idea of fishing possibilities we hope to reopen Hand’s as soon as we can.

Steeple Langford lakes still have an active blue green algal bloom which means we have to keep it closed until we have clear tests through the EA laboratories confirming it has gone. It is not possible to say when this will be but it is being constantly monitored and will be reopened as soon as the bloom has cleared.

Meanwhile the staff, committee and volunteers supported by the Environment Agency are working at both sites  beginning the process of recovery.

One of our committee members who is himself an EA fisheries expert is preparing summary reports on the fish kills and problems at both sites taking in all the data that has been gathered by our own teams and the agencies. The cause of the problems at both lakes is water quality allowing algal blooms that have damaged the fish.  The  “water quality problem” diagnosis is not just a one off kill to be blamed on unpredictable algal blooms but rather it is an ongoing and developing problem with the […]

2019-05-27T08:24:21+01:00May 27th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Coarse Lakes Update May 27th 2019.

Update on coarse lakes, Petersfinger and Steeple Langford.

A small sub group of the committee met on 30th April to consider the latest position at our two coarse lakes and to assess the mass of information now coming in.  Rob Leachman,  Ben Bentley,  Bob Badham,  John Stoddart and Dom Longley from the committee with Paul Clancy and Mike Britten joining us.  Members are already aware that algal blooms have developed at the four lakes and that fish have died at Petersfinger.   Staff and outside agencies have been dealing with this for the last few weeks and the committee would like to thank the keepers, bailiffs, volunteers and the agency staff who have assisted with this sometimes extremely unpleasant task.  The agencies have deployed some very expensive kit and undertaken a range of tests including post mortems on the club’s behalf.  Particular thanks to Mike Britten who has cared for Petersfinger so well over many years, this has been a very hard time for him and the club values his huge contribution.
The algal blooms appear to be declining at Petersfinger and the fish losses have ended.  We have lost a very large part of the stock of all species in Clark’s lake but fish remain.  We have lost a much smaller number in Hand’s lake where the bulk of the stock remain.  We need to remember that the surviving fish have also been through significant physiological stress and need time to recover.
We have had a confirmed blue green algal bloom at Steeple Langford.  This is dangerous to animals and people so no contact with the water is possible.  There have been no fish losses and the bloom appears to be declining.  Water samples will continue to be tested by the EA and we need to […]

2019-05-02T13:06:10+01:00May 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Update on coarse lakes, Petersfinger and Steeple Langford.

Fish kills and water quality problems at our coarse lakes

In the last few weeks the club has been dealing with water quality problems resulting in fish losses at our Petersfinger lakes.   Despite the aeration equipment now installed we have lost fish in both Clarke’s and Hand’s lakes. The losses are significant and continuing. In addition water quality at Steeple Langford has deteriorated with a confirmed blue green algal bloom which means that contact with the water can be dangerous for both people and animals. It may yet result in further fish losses.

The cause of the losses at Petersfinger and the bloom at Langford are under investigation by the Environment Agency and are not known at this stage but are very likely to be similar to that which have affected other lakes around the south and which we experienced at Steeple Langford two years ago.   Put simply toxic substances appear in the water as a result of the breakdown of algal blooms which are aided by weather conditions and excessive nutrients in the water.

These are complex biological problems which are not easily solved but clearly result from the slow development of lakes towards an algae based ecology helped by excessive nutrient from silts, ground water, introduced material such as bait, from other diffuse sources and the changing structure of our fish populations.  Many will remember that our lakes at one time had much more weed and that sort of plant based ecology is where we need to be.

This is a known phenomenon and a great many maturing lakes experience this drift towards a higher risk environment for fish. A plant based ecology in the lakes is much more likely to be sustainable and much more likely to avoid problems of toxicity.

We are currently completing improvements […]

2019-04-17T19:21:41+01:00April 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Fish kills and water quality problems at our coarse lakes

Beware EA Rod Licence Rip Off

The Environment Agency has advised the public to beware of third party websites offering to buy fishing licences on behalf of anglers.

The Environment Agency has received reports from anglers who have used third party websites and been charged up to double the price for a licence. There have also been instances of anglers being charged a fee but not receiving a licence as quickly as they would expect.

These websites are not endorsed by the Environment Agency and anyone wanting to buy a fishing licence should go direct to the GOV.UK website.

Please make sure you have the right website if you use a search engine to find GOV.UK. On the GOV.UK website you can buy a 12 month fishing licence from £30. Junior licences are free for 13-16 year olds at GOV.UK. It’s quick and easy – just go to GOV.UK

Official Rod Licence Prices

Licence type Trout and coarse 2-rod Salmon and sea trout
8-day £12 £27
12-month £30 £82
12-month – over 65 or disabled £20 £54
12-month – junior (13 to 16) Free Free

DO NOT USE  these sites:

You will end up paying at least 50% more

2019-03-20T08:25:57+01:00March 20th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Beware EA Rod Licence Rip Off

Fiver Rivers Festival Monday 27th May 2019

Fiver Rivers Festival – Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019
Salisbury & District Angling Club will be attending the Fiver Rivers Festival on the Bank Holiday Monday, 27th Nay 2019.  We will have a stand on Ashley Green opposite the Fire Station.  Club officials will be on hand to talk about the Club, the habitat work that the Club undertakes on the five rivers and local stillwaters and the new Small Fry Club. Our entomology experts will be their to show people the insects that live in the five rivers and to talk about the Anglers Riverfly Monitoring Initiative and the Benchmarking studies the Club is involved in.  We look forward to welcoming members and non-members alike
Further Details HERE

Fiver Rivers Festival - Salisbury & District Angling Club

Salisbury Five Rivers Festival - Salisbury & District Angling Club

2019-03-05T14:55:19+01:00March 5th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Fiver Rivers Festival Monday 27th May 2019

The London Fly Fishing Fair

The London Fly Fishing Fair brings together the best of what the fly fishing world has to offer, all in the heart of London. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, or somewhere in between, this is the ideal place to meet up with other S&DAC Members just before our season begins.  Learn from the best with the top casting demonstrators and professionals in the industry everything fly fishing.

Opening Times
Friday 22nd March 2019 – 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday 23rd March 2019 – 10:00 to 16:00

Check on Forum to see who else is going and when.

2019-03-02T14:01:34+01:00March 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on The London Fly Fishing Fair

Watergate Farm Lake Closure.

Watergate Farm Day Lake – Map 38 in Membership Year Book.

We have been informed by the lake owner that the lake will be closed from Thursday 15th of November until further notice.
Further information will be available on the Members Forum when available.

2018-11-14T09:36:06+01:00November 14th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Watergate Farm Lake Closure.