Lakes slow to respond to warmer weather

Anglers might have expected some improved sport following the much-welcomed milder conditions but the water temperatures are still very low and will probably take, at least, another week to recover before fish start feeding more avidly.

Fisheries officer Martin Crouch fished a two night session on BHAA’s New Road Lake but managed to tempt only one fish into feeding. It turned out to be an 18lb 5oz mirror carp and one of fish stocked by the club a couple of years ago weighing only 5lbs. Pike were seen actively spawning in the lake earlier in the week, a sure sign of Spring.

Anglers fishing on McGregor Lake were generally able to catch the odd carp or bream but often it was only a single fish that decided to feed. A new member, Roger Wood, was well pleased to catch a 6lb 8oz bream which was a new p.b. for him. Richard Griffin reported catching two carp, the best weighing 12lbs and a couple of nice bream to 7lbs during a day visit. Mini boilies seemed to be the baits that fish were more willing to pick up.

The odd big tench has been spotted rolling at Gingerbread Lake but the lake has still to wake up before those buzzers start screaming! Mark Thurley landed a single tench during an overnight session on the lake.

For the twitters amongst you, an egret, a pair of shell duck and sand martins have all been seen at McGregor Lake in the past week. Several buzzards can be observed daily wheeling overhead as they court or search for carrion.

Finally, a message to night permit holders. Please leave your swims as you would hope to find them. Some anglers seem to think it is acceptable to leave used tea bags festooning swims together with cigarette butts. It is not and will result in offenders losing their permits if they persist. Also, a few inconsiderate anglers continue to use the immediate vicinity of swims as toilets. Again, this is both avoidable and unacceptable and must cease.