Although we are in another national lockdown, I’m very lucky to have my own fishing lakes but I seldom get the time or chance to fish them. I do intend to try and fish a few times over the next few months to transfer some silver fish from Mayfly and Dragonfly Lakes into Butterfly Lake and with the colder weather now is the best time.

The aim is to reduce the stock levels on Dragonfly, so the larger carp have more room to grow and less competition for the food, so they will gain more weight much faster!

Mayfly is the oldest lake, and contains an abundance of fish species, some of which were in the lake before we purchased the ground over 25 years ago! Including perch, rudd & roach. So, there are now lots of hybrids where bream & roach have bred. We want to thin the silver fish out and transfer them into Butterfly lake, which will then hold smaller carp, crucians and many silver fish.

Mayfly Lake will then still be a mixed lake, but the overall stamp of fish will be larger- eg: average carp between 3 & 10lbs, specimen perch, bream & tench, with the larger rudd & roach.

We could net the lakes, but the lake bottom is very un-even, and netting would also destroy some of the lilies, plus it’s far more fun catching the fish. It a slower process but overall, less damage than netting tonnes of fish in one go, and I get an excuse to fish more

 

For winter, the fish are still active. We have been feeding them with mixed pellet, barley, maize flakes and more…and they are putting weight on which is unusual over the winter months, but good to see.

We look forward to seeing guests enjoying the Lakes this summer.

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