The continuation of this record breaking hot weather coupled with the lack of rain over the past months is causing a number of issues. I’m sure many of you are having restless nights trying to sleep in the heat. Unfortunately, it is also causing us problems at our fisheries, in particular, Shepherds Way. The water level had reduced significantly and unless we have weeks of continuous rain it will not start to increase for some time. This is placing a great deal of stress on the fish stock in the lake. As the water temperature rises the abilty to retain oxygen decreases. The water temperature yesterday at Shepherds Way was close to 26 degrees. Trying to maintain DO levels that can support the fish is becoming a challenge and we need your assistance if we are to keep the fishery open. I need you to be mindful of the following and ensure you co-operate please.
Once you catch a fish, in particular carp, please ensure you get it back into the water quickly inside your net. Once in the water allow the fish to recover and ensure it shows signs of movement and recovery before releasing it.
YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU AIR DRY LANDING NETS AND MATS BETWEEN FISHING SESSIONS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN AT OTHER VENUES. THIS IS A CLUB RULE. IF A VIRUS IS BROUGHT INTO THE VENUE THE RESULT CAN BE VERY SERIOUS.
Reduce the amount of grounbait and/or pellets you put into the lake. These decay and use oxygen.
If you see any signs of fish in distress or dead fish report it at once to the club.
A number of fish have died and we need to understand the reasons for this. We believe it is due to the stressful conditions and anglers not handling the fish carefully. If we continue to loose fish we may need to take further action. We are monitoring the situation carefully with oygen readings and running the aerator when we see the percentage start to fall. We are also in conversations with the Environment Agency who are assisting us.
Please assist us in protecting the fish and keeping the fishery open.
Many thanks in advance