This weeks latest catches week ending 3/2/19
• Ice and snow forces brief closure of fishery
• Plans to open again on Monday
• Mild weather forecast this week and into the weekend
• Double-figure temperatures and strong south-westerlies
• Predator day planned for next Saturday
FISHERY OPENING TIMESThe fishery currently opens for day ticket fishing at around 7.00am on weekdays; 6.30am weekends and Bank Holidays. Current closing time is approximately 4.30pm.
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• The predator fishing season begins on October 1 and finishes on March 14.
THIS WEEK’S FISHING! (in brief)
Ice and snow accompanied by overnight temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees C meant the fishery had to close last Wednesday.
With the surface frozen over, it was decided to suspend fishing, but to review conditions on a day-to-day basis.
Unfortunately the sub-zero temperatures continued, along with further snow, meaning the lakes were not fishable again by the end of the weekend.
But forecasts of milder weather on Monday mean that there are hopes that the lakes can be opened again, especially as the temperature looks set to continue rising.
The seven-day forecast suggests double-figure values by Wednesday, and similar right through until next weekend, carried on strong south-westerly winds, replacing the high pressure with an Atlantic low.
All being well things should get back to normal this week, and provide some much more fish-friendly conditions later this week, in time for the charity Predator Day planned for next Saturday on the Old Lake.
The forecast suggests a big difference in temperatures next week from last, with an end to frosts and high pressure after Monday night and the potential for double-figure daytime highs by Wednesday as a low takes over. What is also looking good is the strong south-westerly winds expected from Thursday onwards and through next weekend, to warm the water and stir the fish into feeding. Monday looks likely to be the wettest day of the week, with an early taste of the south-westerlies, and a high of 7 degrees C, but then temperatures look set to drop to 1 degree overnight into Tuesday as the wind swings round more to the south east and falls lighter, though Tuesday should still make 8 degrees by day, and be dry with a little sunshine. But that should mark the end of the frosts, as the south-westerlies return, because temperatures should fall no lower than 6 overnight into Wednesday, which is looking very mild, at 10 degrees, though with light rain. It should stay at 6 overnight again into Thursday, which should be drier and with some sunshine and a high of 9, with 4 overnight into Friday, which should be very similar to Thursday, and then a mild 7 overnight into a dry and cloudy Saturday and 10 again, with 6 overnight into a wetter and windier Sunday of 10 again, and 11 for Monday week. This Thursday looks to be the start of the strongish south-westerlies, which continue right through the weekend, gaining in strength, keeping the daytime temperatures mild and the nights frost free, and providing the feeding window that the fish have been waiting for, especially after last week’s deep freeze.
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OLD BURY HILL LAKE – GENERAL & BOAT FISHING
All being well, there should be some very fishy conditions in time for next Saturday’s Gold Label Tackle Predator Day, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Fishing is from 7.30am till 4pm, with a raffle at 4.45pm. Tickets are £21 for adults and £16 for OAPs and under-16s. More details on the Bury Hill Fisheries’ Facebook page.
TEMPLE LAKE – CARP
Hopeful the low sweeping in on strong south-westerlies later this week will get the fish moving and feeding.
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PLEASE NOTE: LEAD CORE IS BANNED ON BOTH TEMPLE AND THE OLD LAKE. PLEASE SEE KEN IN THE SHOP FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
Bonds is a popular choice among visitors, because of its track record for producing multiple runs, and also because a variety of tactics work, meaning visitors can fish in a way that they enjoy, and still catch plenty of fish.
Pole or feeder, straight lead or waggler, or pellet waggler up in the water with baits fired over the top all work well, and the fish keep on the move, giving lots of anglers a slice of the action.
Milton Lake is the place to head for if you want tench, bream, crucians and specimen roach, along with a chance of a bonus carp, either on waggler with a running line, or pole close in or up against the lily pads, where fish can often be lined up with a little-and-often loosefeeding approach using small baits.