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January Afternoon on Walkerwood

Posted: January 15, 2017 by Carrbrook Angling in carrbrook angling club, millbrook, walkerwood reservoir

A grey wet day in January may not be the best time to go fishing but with Walkerwood now being open for fishing it was too much to resist. A tub of maggots and a feeder rod was all the gear needed so I was travelling nice and light. After 20 minutes of punching the feeder about 40yrds the roach started to get onto the bait. The next couple of hours were very pleasurable, relaxing fishing with pretty regular bites and a decent stamp of roach all fin perfect and healthy little scrappers. No wild runaway bites today but considering the time of year and the recent cold snap,this was good enough to go home happy and looking forward to returning as soon as I can.

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Thanks to all that attended today. We got loads done and a few pegs opened up. The members who payed up the additional subs can now fish.A letter will be going out to all members this week with details of how to gain access to this water and the rules.We will be holding a meeting in a week or so for the members who missed today.

Work will begin Sunday 8th Jan to open up several pegs and then we can start to fish this fantastic water once your membership has been upgraded and a site induction has been completed. Existing member will be required to pay an additional £10, £5 for OAP’s/concessions.  We are a non profit club so this small increase is to help cover the cost and we believe will prove excellent value once you start to fish the reservoir. For new memberships please refer to the membership page.

We have had limited access to the water but we can confidently say it really is a special place. Not only is it set in beautiful surroundings, the fishing is top quality and unspoilt as it has been a fly fishery for the past 30 years. Silver fishing is up there amongst the best we have experienced and it’s backed up with trout and specimen carp. Bream are present and there are reports of Pike, Theroux trout and Tench. Sizes are unknown but we do know they all go to specimen sizes and we are sure some special fish reside in this un-tapped reservoir. We can’t wait to start getting catch reports back from our members to see what surprises it holds !

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We are pleased to announce that we carrbrook angling club have managed to secure a lease on walkerwood reserviour. The reservoir is 30 acers in size and is loaded with corse fish to specimen sizes. It’s been a trout fishery for the last 30 years so it’s pretty much untapped fishing. There are bait limits of half kg per day per angler no ground bait but we do have maggots, worms, corn, boilies, pellets, to start with all anglers will have to sign on to the risk and method statement and pay a fee on top of there current membership to gain access to the water. Please don’t enter the fishery until you’r signed up. I’ll be sending out letters to all members with details on how to access the water parking rules etc. The water is closed for a few weeks until we get the signs up and paperwork complete but we’ll be letting you all know when work will commence as there’s mountains of work to be done, cutting back clearing fishing areas etc before it can be opened.. Merry Christmas and Happy new year !!

 

New page created to show the work we are doing on Millbok Dam Click here to view or click the link at the top of the page.

The Environment Agency came to Millbrook Dam to do our bio mass survey today.

As our members are aware we have been attempting to de-snag the dam for a few months now removing several van full’s of debris from the lake, from motor bikes to boats to just about everything you could imagine but unfortunately the EA’s nets were still catching on the last remaining snags we hadn’t managed to clear and they have to lift their nets over these snags and this stops us getting an 100% accurate figure as fish will escape under the nets.

Having said that the EA did a great job and everything they could to net as much as possible.

The result was quite a few large Carp and a small bag of silvers and Bream. What does this tell us ? Well even though only a percentage of fish were netted  it tells us we have a water with a good head of Carp and a small population of silver fish which is a quite good place for us to develop the water from.

All fish were returned to the water except for one small koi that was removed to a garden pond due to the risk they pose of spreading disease.

Before we stock we must now undertake an intense program of planting to create a habitat that will sustain a stock of fish and more importantly give any smaller fish cover from predators, If we were to stock now we would be basically feeding Goosanders and cormorants that we know visit this water.

We now know there is certainly a decent population of carp for anglers to go for and silvers could be caught with effort but maybe not the huge bags that we see on our other waters.

Below is a selection of pictures from the netting:

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