Brighter weather brings welcome relief

After the previous week’s gale force winds and heavy rain, the past week has been almost spring-like with anglers desperate to wet a line. All BHAA fisheries were now back within their banks but coloured by flood water. Gingerbread Lake was well fished throughout the week but the low water temperature (42F) did little to encourage fish to start moving. Prior to the recent flooding, a member reported catching an early season tench using a zig rig. On the carp fishing front, the biggest carp to grace the banks was the mirror named ‘Moonscale’ which was caught weighing over 40lbs on two occasions.

McGregor Lake at Sandy has again proved to be a good winter carp water producing several carp during the past week despite the cold water temperature. Constant casting with swim feeders has been a successful tactic for catching the lake’s roach on maggots. Carp were feeding at night at Swan Lake where bailiff Luke Garner and his companion caught fish weighing 20lbs and 17lb10oz.

The club’s stretches of the River Ouse were all within their banks but the water remained fairly coloured and fast flowing. The River Ivel offers the best bet for river fishing in the coming week as levels return to normal.

The carp ordered for both McGregor and Gingerbread Lakes are due to be delivered in early March and should provide a welcome boost to fish stocks.

More hardcore has been delivered to Gingerbread Lake to enable the creation of permanent winter parking zones to be completed. Similarly, work has started on creating parking areas at Swan Lake but the surrounding land needs to dry out more before machinery can be used on site.