A similar story to the North Lake in terms of fishing conditions, not quite as much water but the super saturated ground surrounding the Lake kept the water level high but most of the swims were still fishable the majority of the time.
The fishing has been on the difficult side of tricky…
Only Lee and Les banked a mirror each at 14lb and 15lb respectively, so well done to you both.
To be honest Chris and I are trying to figure out why it’s been such hard going, and in fairness it has been!
We stocked an additional 74 carp to 16lb into the venue in 2018 bringing the stock level up to 164 fish or around 47 carp per acre, you would have though loads more carp would get caught, well during the 2018 season only 21 more fish were caught than in 2017…
This year we’ve introduced an additional 11 carp to 14lb 10oz bringing the total up to 175 carp or 50 per acre and only 34 more fish were caught than in 2017; you would have thought that introducing 85 more carp into any venue would have increased the amount of fish getting caught significantly, not so on the South Lake so it seems…
That said the fish are growing well and are all at their best weights with one in five captures for the year being 20lb+.
The fish have been feeding in and under the reedmace beds in the pads swim and whatever is in there is to there liking, they’ve stripped an entire area back to the bank more than 10 metres deep and three times as wide this year alone, they are also opening up big holes in a bay that was solid mare’s tail and reedmace….
Numerous bouts of stop/start spawning activity throughout May, June and July undoubtedly had a considerable impact on the fishing and feeding behaviour of the carp…
Add the fry feeding that’s been witnessed, an abundance of phytoplankton and zooplankton to the mix and you start to get an insight into how the lakes ecosystem is working.
This level of tricky fishing isn’t sustainable going forward; the biomass of the Lake is increasing, the availability of ‘natural food’ will diminish and catches will inevitably increase, we also intend to stock more carp throughout the coming year to accelerate the process and I’m hopeful we’ll see some cracking fish coming out at good weights and in good numbers in 2020.
Between us Chris and I have been involved in fishery management for well in excess of 60 years and we are nowt if not honest, hence our honest appraisal of the last few weeks fishing!
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Son of Two Tone 14lb