April 2011

The pond has been fishing well over the month with regular catches of Rudd falling to bread and maggot. A few tench and small bream have also been caught but not in such quantities. The main reason for this could be the growth of what we would later find out to be Chara, a form of non rooting Stonewart. Although this was not completely blanketing the bed of the pond, getting any bait onto the bottom through this is proving difficult. From advice taken on this type of algae, it is quite common for so much growth of any form of plant life in newly created or restored stillwaters as the nutrients are in abundance. A couple of years later on will probably see its disappearance, only to be replaced by something else. Its benefit at this time of year will give the spawning fish more than sufficient on which to lay eggs and plenty of cover for the developing fry which will do well if the warm weather continues.

Stonewart - chara  Stonewart - Chara

April 30th saw the second electro fishing session take place to remove any remaining Pike from the spawning pair that had taken up residence in the pond after the late 2009 floods. The first session was back ing August 2010 when the two remaining adult Pike were caught along with 55 of their offspring. With a productive first catch, the initial though was that the numbers still left in the pond would be a little less, but, and a rather surprising one at that, the two sweeps of the pond managed to produce 77 small Pike. It was also fairly probable to say that even more had been stunned by the electric current from the equipment and been caught in the weed instead of floating to the surface.

On an even more positive note, the stock fish that were seen during the operation were in excellent condition and gaining weight. Some of the larger Rudd were around the 10" mark with the crucians around 7". All of these looked ready to spawn and we hope the fry manage to survive.

Crucian Carp

Once the electro fishing was complete and the Pike returned to the river as per the EA consent. 15 Common Carp were released from a netting by Martin Moore back on the 19th. The fish ranged from just above the 1lb mark to the largest around the 8lb mark. He was confident that having seen the growth in the other species of fish, the Carp would do well over the summer and gain some substantial weight given the brood stock that they had originated from. Incidentally, all of these fish were males, giving a greater degree of control when managing the fishery. These would provide some good sport but not be in a position to overcome other types of stocked fish.

Carp carp carp

Carp Carp Carp