Drinkwater Park – A bit of weeding

Like any garden – if left alone for any length of time – the weeds can take over.

A lake is no different – and while the club have been spending time and effort combating the blanket weed that has ruined summer sport over the past few years… some of the swims have become a little overgrown. Mainly due to a reduction in numbers of anglers fishing the lake.

The work the committee has undertaken in recent years with restocking and blanket weed reduction measures now appears to be paying off, with tremendous fish being caught from the more popular (clear) swims. Just take a look at these two fantastic fish below to get an idea of the quality of fish that is being caught on Drinkwater Park this summer.

There not only large fish such as carp and tench coming out though… anglers fishing single maggot on the waggler are catching tremendous nets of roach rudd perch and bream.

As the club are entering into fund raising mode again – we thought that moving some of our club matches from the Old River in Irlam to Drinkwater Park Lake would be a good idea, and a nice change of scenery for the regular match supporters.

So… we decided to hold a few work parties to make a start on clearing out bull rushes and raking out the fringe lillies.

Many thanks to everyone who has turned out on the two work parties we have held so far (with another due to be announced soon)

We started off with a view like this

And ended up with a peg that now looks like this

And another peg that now looks like this

And the came back again to open a third peg up at the top end of the front lake.

Over the next week or so…. we hope to open up a total of 20 pegs on Drinkwater Park (front and back lake) and then start holding a match a month in September, October and November.

Its well worth the short walk from the car park — but just remember that you need to give your approach a bit of thought at this venue…. its not a good plan to be throwing out leads and bait that sink out of reach in the middle of dense weed beds…. find the clear spots, pop up you baits, and give the fish a chance to find it.

Many many thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time. Very much appreciated.

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