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Restocking The Old River

Over the last 18 months we have been making a big effort to improve the fishing on the Old River Irwell in Irlam.

In addition to renovating/replacing most of the pegs – we have been hunting down grants and other sources of funding to spend on fish.

Our original restocking during 2013/14/15 saw us stocking nearly 4500 bream, 1000 rudd, 1800 roach and 500 fingerling tench.

This seemed to make little to zero impression on catch returns – as they were a mere drop in the ocean in comparison to the area of the lake.

Fast forwards to spring 2016 and a fantasticly generous grant from The Hamilton Davies Trust saw us changing our restocking policy and instead of stocking large numbers of small fish, we decided to go for lower numbers of bigger (more expensive) fish. So using the grant from HDT we bought 350 x 1lb tench.

Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

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

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

We then spent the rest of the year improving pegs and building access steps.

This winter, we have stocked 75 2lb+ common and mirror carp – see video below

And then followed this up with another 15o tench between 10 inches and 2lb see videos below

At long last – anglers are now beginning to enjoy great sport again on the Old River – go down give it a try and then tell us how you get on.

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

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

Old River Restocking March 2016

Thanks to a very generous grant from The Hamilton Davies Trust  we have been able to stock 300 10inch+ tench into the Old River in Irlam.

We are going to be spending considerable time, energy and cash on this venue during 2016 and hope that the work we do will finally bring the place back to life as a fishery.

As you can see from the pictures below – we have gone for quality rather than quantity – and have bought fish that are 4+ years old in the knowledge that they will be ready to spawn this summer.

 

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Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

Cracking new tench for the Old River Irwell in Irlam

 

Pleased to see you !

Pleased to see you !

 

Many thanks to Tony Prescott and Hamilton Davies Trust for listening to us and then agreeing to help

Many thanks to Tony Prescott and Hamilton Davies Trust for listening to us and then agreeing to help

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

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

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Our plan for the Old River this year includes replanting the floating islands, taking 18 inches off the depth of the lake by cleaning out the outflow channel, removing the old failing wooden platforms and replacing them with new pegs, rebuilding the disabled fishing pegs, constructing new steps down to some of the less accessible pegs, stocking more fish, planting new reed and lily beds, refurbishing the floating islands………the list seems endless but we are 100% committed to restoring this fishing gem to its former glories.

There will be lots of skills needed, and lots of opportunities for you to take part in our work parties – the dates of which will be announced at the end of this month.

We’re going to be busy !!

Many thanks Hamilton Davies Trust

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