A Great Response

As always – we have received a tremendous response from our members after a recent call for help regarding needing people to help out manage our waters..

A great example is this bit of work clearing the vegetation on the path around Waterdale in Philips Park by Ste and Dave.

Waterdale also known as Dams Head Lodge in Philips Park Prestwich – it contains some real surprises for anglers who put in the effort

I’ve had a walk around most of our waters during the last week – and theres lots of work that needs doing – clearing pegs, tidying up rubbish and raking weed to create swims.

Our next club meeting is being held at the Boathouse Pub in Irlam on the 19th September at 7.30pm – if you want to become more involved in the fisheries management of our club please come along and say hello

 

Club Update August 2018

We’ve had a great summer 2018 with all our waters fishing well.

There have been the usual issues to deal with – litter, low water levels on Drinkwater Park Lake, and on the River Irwell caused by the long hot summer – but this hot weather has resulted in fantastic amounts of fish fry in all venues.

Remember the long hot summer of 76 and then how great the fishing was in the following years ? lets hope we get a repeat of this and our fish stocks go from strength to strength.

We have some good news – an agreement with Bury Council confirming our fishing rights on the River Irwell and Roch at Springwater Park in Whitefield (that includes the weeded up Springwater Lodge) and the opposite bank at Close Park. Really great water that offers a variety of fishing and species.

We have also taken on the fishing at Broughton Park Lake (also known as Clowes Park) postcode M7 4EN – in a joint venture with Broughton Angling Club – we restocked the lake earlier this year with 500 x 6 inch tench and 80 x 1-2lb carp. The tench arent showing yet but the carp are packing on weight coming out at nearly 4lb already. The venue is in desperate need of a good tidy up (years and years of rubbish) and a work party is going to be announced very soon.

 

The Old River in Irlam is also fishing tremendously well – the carp which were stocked at 2-3lb last spring are now being caught at 8lb. The tench and bream which we have been stocking over the last 4 years are now showing in anglers catches and there is evidence that these fish are also breeding.

The Quays continues to throw up specimen fish of all species but the Rochdale Canal has fished poorly this summer with frequent lowering of water levels and repeated pollution incidents.

The club is continually being offered new waters to take on – but we are reluctant to do so – as managing our current portfolio of waters is proving hard work. (However it looks increasingly likely after a tremendous response from local anglers that we will take on Gregsons Pond in Irlam)

To this end – we have asked members to form management groups for each water we have – to take the pressure of the club committee. Once we have a better managment group for our venues we will start accepting more waters into our portfolio

 

So far we’ve had a tremendous response with a number of anglers offering to take an active role in managing their favourite venues.

If you would like to help keeping your local water clean tidy, well maintained and well stocked please get in touch and tell us which venue you are interested in – preferably attend our next club meeting which will be held on Weds 19th September at the Boathouse Pub Irlam M44 6DN

Rochdale Canal

Old River + Gregsons Pond

Salford Quays

River Irwell – Springwater/Close Park

River Irwell – Agecroft/Philips Park

River Irwell – Salford Uni/Peel Park

River Irwell – City Centre to Salford Quays

Broughton Park Lake

Drinkwater Park/Waterdale/Kingfisher

Agecroft Pond

All we ask is for a fortnightly visit to litter pick, and keep a general eye on the venue – plus a report back to club meetings to allow us to develop a better management plan for each venue.

River Care

 

We Need Your Help

help needed

We don’t ask for much from our members – other than for you to respect our waters, our fish, and other users of the waterside.

However – this is a call to arms from the committee to you our members. We are having a real struggle to maintain our waters this summer – as new jobs – family commitments – illness – overtime and loads of other excuses mean that those members who organise events like matches and work parties have been unable to commit as much time towards club activities as they have in the past. We are aware that this can’t carry on.

New waters are being offered to the Society on a regular basis – for example Gregsons, Blackleach, Lankies, The Rat and The Cow ponds – we’d love to take them on – but we need to be able to manage our waters properly before we take on any new commitments – as at present – all these commitments fall on the shoulders of a few.

Therefore we are asking you as a member of a fishing Society to stand up and be counted for you local lake – be it Drinkies – Waterdale – The Old River – Broughton Park, Springwater Park Lodge,  The Quays or the Rochdale Canal – we need your help managing them.

We think that it would be a good idea for anglers to come forwards and say “I’ll be happy to give a few hours a month to help clean up and maintain my local fishing venue” – it really doesn’t take much.

Our intention is to create a list of members – who can be called on to get involved in the fishery management of each of our venues – its great fun and in a way its a bit like looking after the biggest garden pond you’ll ever have.

The club regularly cobbles together funds/money/grants for restocking and the members who stand up for their local venues will be supported in developing a management and restocking plan for each venue.

So – our next club meeting is going to be Wednesday the 22nd August at the Star Inn, Back Hope St, Salford, M7 2FR when we will be discussing this further. If you would like to put your name down to be involved more actively in the management of your local venue – please email the club via admin@salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk or make us aware on our facebook page. AND PLEASE COME TO THE AUGUST CLUB MEETING!

If we can get more people involved in the day to day running of our venues – then we will be happy to take on new waters.

 

Irwell Grayling

Great to see that local angler Jamie Needham has caught a Grayling from the River Irwell in the Bury area.

A Grayling From The River Goyt

We have always known that they are in there …. and in the River Roch too …. its just that they are as rare as hens teeth

Catching an Irwell Barbel is a special achievement , but catching an Irwell Grayling is akin to catching the impossible – well done Jamie.

However, there is good news for Irwell anglers after a recent phone call from our local EA fisheries team … it looks as though The Irwell might be in line for a stocking of fingerling Grayling from the national fish farm at Calverton.

There is lots of historical evidence of Grayling being caught in the Irwell dating back to the early 1820s and it’s going to be a great thing to see them making a comeback in the river.

Watch this space for updates on when this restocking takes place.

De-Silting Kingfisher Lake

Please be aware that Kingfisher Lake will be closed to all access (fishing, walking, mooching, having a look) from 25th January until 2nd February – to allow contractors to de-silt the top end of the lake (see area marked in red on map below)

Kingfisher Lake probably has the highest fish density of any of our waters, and care is being taken by the contractors to ensure that the work they do doesn’t result in a de-oxygenation/fish kill scenario

Our local Environment Agency fisheries team have been assisting/advising the contractors. Stop nets and silt screens will be placed in two locations from bank to island to ensure that there is as little disturbance as possible for the fish in the main deeper part of the lake.

Kingfisher Lake De-silting Jan 2018

Kingfisher Lake De-silting Jan 2018

The area shown in red is going to be excavated to a max depth of 6ft but and average of 3ft..

For anyone wondering about the volume of fish in the lake – please take a look at this video showing a sample netting in 2015.

We can now look forwards to creating some new pegs,, and maybe holding a match or two on this lake during the coming summer

River Irwell To Receive Major Fish Restocking

Great news today from the EA –  that a winter restocking is on the way for the River Irwell

10,000 roach, chub and dace are on order from the EAs fish farm at Calverton  and will be stocked in the Irwell at a variety of locations downstream of Burrs Country Park

This is great news for the river which has suffered terribly in recent years from a variety of pollution incidents and from massive amounts of avian predation

All of this has been paid for out of our rod licence money……. there really is no excuse not to buy one.

Theres also 500 of these beardey gudgeonish looking things.  There is only a small population in the Irwell – and a few more to grown on and reach breeding maturity can do no harm – can’t wait.

Once the date for restocking has been set – I will let people know so that they can come and witness the event and take a few photos.

6 inch barbel being stocked into the River Irwell at Salford Racecourse December 2011

6 inch barbel being stocked into the River Irwell at Salford Racecourse December 2011

 

Vote For Fish !

It’s voting time again – please click this link to the Salford Council Recycle and Reward Scheme  and vote for Salford Friendly Anglers Society.

If we get enough votes – then we can get £1,000 to purchase fish for the Old River in Irlam

tench6 re-stocking tench tench3

It took 10 trips with the bin to and from the pick up truck - great to see so many big fish being stocked

Vote For Salford Friendly To Help Restock Salford Quays

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote – WE WON !!!

We will be purchasing a number of 3lb carp to the value of £1000 in the very near future to stock in Salford Quays

We will let everyone know when the fish delivery takes place so that anyone interested can see them being released……..

we won

Salford Council run a funding scheme called recycle and reward – where the general public can vote for good causes in Salford to receive £1000 to spend on a community project

We would like you to vote for us by clicking this link 

If we get enough votes to win – we will spend the £1000 buying carp to help restock Salford Quays

mirror carp

mirror carp

Agecroft Pond Gets Help From Salford 4 Good

Salford 4 Good

 

One of our club waters Agecroft Pond has been off most anglers radar for a while now. I think that might change !!

Located behind Forest Bank Prison, is a small lake tucked away, and only has half a dozen pegs.

During most of 2015, anglers were denied access to the lake as United Utilities and the Forestry Commission were conducting works nearby. A result of this work was that a new access road was constructed to take the heavy machinery needed to complete their works. Great News – a new access road.

In addition to the new access road to facilitate the construction of a new sewage pumping station, the Prison has also undertaken building works – resulting in section 106 monies (community improvement cash !) being payable to Salford Council – the conditions attached to this money was that it had to be spent near the Prison…. Now there are not that many community facilities/areas near the prison – so the money was spent on Agecroft Cemetry improvement works – and also on creating disabled fishing facilities on Agecroft Pond

These pics show the pond un-improved – and then with the new pegs. The new pegs are a bit in your face at the moment – but should a lot better with a soon to be applied tin of green hammerite paint.

So – now we have a pond with a new road, a car park, new benches and new pegs.  Brilliant.

18 months ago we stocked 1000 roach into Agecroft Pond – courtesy of the Forestry Commission.

Yesterday we secured a grant from the Salford Community Volunteer Service to restock 200 small carp into the lake.

Crucian Carp

Crucian Carp

common carp

common carp

Phil Clayton played a blinder answering the questions from a committee of 9 non fishers – and we came back home last night with a cheque for £750 – which was originally fund raised by people in Salford who wanted to make community improvements in our area.

How it used to be

How it used to be

How it is now

How it is now

And here are our new disability friendly pegs

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New platforms

New platforms

Now we are looking forwards to a re-stocking of carp next week – and seeing the place take off as an angling venue.

Roach Rudd Perch Pike, the odd small chub, now crucians and small mirrors …. a great place to get some peace and quiet and a few fish too

 

 

 

Old River Irwell Gets “Bags Of Help”

Fantastic news – The Old River Irwell Restoration Project has been awarded £10,000 from the Tesco 5p carrier bags  “Bags Of Help” scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted for our project.

tesco bags of helpWe plan to use this grant money to re-build the disabled pegs behind the Boathouse Inn, to create a new public bird feeding area at the top end of the lake, and also to re-build 10 pegs and create new steps down to them.

Work should commence at the beginning of May 2016 and last a month.

In addition to this fantastic grant from Tesco to rebuild some of the fishing pegs, we have also recently been awarded a grant to £2226 from the Hamilton Davies Trust in Irlam – with this money being used to purchase 300 10 inch tench. This is part of our ongoing restocking program that commenced when re-took over the lease on this lake in 2012 after the devastating pollution incident in 2008.

And the good news doesn’t end there. We have also been successful in a bid to the Salford Councils Recycle and Reward Scheme – being granted £1,000 to re-furbish the 13 floating Islands we installed in 2013 on the Old River..

As you can imagine – we are thrilled to bits that grant giving organisations are recognising the hundreds of hours of volunteer work our members have already completed on this venue.

With new fishing pegs, new floating islands and an ongoing restocking program – things are looking up for the Old River in Irlam – a venue that Salford Friendly Anglers first stocked in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee.