Over the last few months the club has carried out quite a lot of work at the Warren. All bream, Perch and Silvers have now been returned to the lake and are already packing on weight. Several swims now have proper fishing platforms and we have also added some marginal plants around the pool. There is still lots of work to do but the lake is starting to look a lot better now after the drain down and silt removal operation during the winter.
Today, despite the bitter conditions and snow, the club bailiffs have been up at the Rosie with the boat. We have applied roughly one tonne of Siltex Chalk across the lake. This should now start breaking down the silt build up on the bottom of the pool and will greatly improve the water quality ready for the spring. This is all part of an ongoing fishery management plan that will keep the lake and fish improving year on year.
In addition to applying the chalk using the boat, we have also waded across either end of the pool and emptied several bags in by hand. This was recommended by Andrew Ellis our fishery consultant. Either end of the lake is where most of the leaf matter ends up settling due to the wind. Wading through this whilst applying the chalk to these areas will churn all the silt and chalk together and hopefully help it work that little bit better.
We would like to say a big thank you to Flintshire Countryside Services and the Ranger Team for transporting both the chalk and the boat to and from the lake for us.
On the 6th of Feb the Rosie will be closed to anglers for the morning as we will be applying chalk to the lake. We will have the boat in and be spreading the chalk all over the pool. Any members are more than welcome to come and see it being done or lend a hand. This will only take a couple of hours and the pool will be back open as soon as we are finished.
Today Andrew Ellis and Ben Pinniger of AE Fisheries and BP Milling arrived at the Rosie to carry out our annual fish crop. The club do this each year to cut back on the really small fish which take up valuable space and oxygen. Once removed this allows the rest of the fish to grow at much better rates.
Around 8am this morning Andrew rowed a net out across one side of the island to split the lake into two. Once the lake was split he rowed out a second net in a large swoop right around the far end of the lake and then started pulling it in. To say we were amazed is an understatement, the amount of Roach, Rudd and Bream fry was unbelievable. Also the amount of good sized Crucian Carp that were in the net were an absolute joy to see. The fish were scooped out of the big net using a landing net, then sorted in containers to split the good sized fish we want to keep from the fry that we need to take out of the lake. On this first netting we had some great Crucians, Bream, Skimmers, Roach and Ide.
Then it was onto the other side where again Andrew rowed out his net in another big swoop until he settled in on peg 28 to start to pull the net in. This net produced a mass of fish fry, along with good Crucians, some original Carp, Stockies, big Roach, Ide and Skimmers. We also had a bit of a surprise when Andrew dipped down into the net and came out with a mountain bike of all things.
With the fish graded and the keepers returned it was time to bag up the ones that were going. These were put into clear plastic bags which were filled with oxygen and then sealed. Overall we estimate around 400lb of fish were removed from the lake. Mostly Roach, Rudd and Bream fry but also some of the Crucian x Goldfish and Crucian x Common Carp hybrids. The club has donated these fish to Ynysmon Angling Association, another Welsh club, based on Anglesey. This club also run Junior events similar to our own and it will be nice to think that the fish from the Rosie will be helping get even more youngsters into the sport.
The club would like to say a massive thank you to both Andrew and Ben for the amazing job they did today. Not only that but for the no-nonsense approach they have towards fishery management which has helped guide the club to where it is today in regards to the quality of our fish. Ben also did some filming at the lake, both of the netting itself and of Andrew talking about the quality of the fish. Once the footage is available we will share this on our Facebook page.
With Andrews expertise and guidance we have followed a structured management plan to bring the best out of the club waters. Partner this with the high quality substitute feed supplied by Ben from BP Milling that we feed the fish with throughout the year and we can see why the condition and size of fish improves year on year. Please check both AE Fisheries and BP Milling out for more information.
Also if you are ever towards Anglesey and are looking for a local fishing club, please check out Ynysmon A.A.
Thank you to all involved including the members that came along and got to see what its all about.
Just a quick update on the Cormorant issue. On Friday the club bailiffs dropped their plans and headed up to the Rosie. We have adjusted a couple of the lines and closed a few gaps up. Hopefully this will keep the birds off the lake. Could we please ask all members to keep an eye out though and report any further sightings.
On Tuesday 6th of Feb the bailiff team will be at the Rosie Pool for the morning applying Siltex to the lake. The Siltex is a type of Chalk the we apply to the water at the beginning of each year. Siltex is used as a natural alternative to dredging the silt from the lake bed, it is far less intrusive and does not harm the fish, animals or water quality. The Siltex will, over time, break down the silt within the pool whilst also lowering acidity levels and providing essential Calcium to the plant and animal life at the Rosie.
The Ranger team will assist us by transporting both the Siltex and the club's boat to the lake. The bailiffs will then empty bags of the Siltex over the side of the boat, all over the lake, running the boats propeller through it as we go. This ensures the Siltex clouds up and disperses properly across the lake and does not sit in small piles on the lake bed.
Any members who wish to come along and see what goes on, lend a hand, or ask any questions are more than welcome. Also don't forget AE Fisheries will be at the Rosie on the 25th January to net the fish and remove any small fish (under 3") in order to reduce the biomass of the pool and allow the rest of the fish to grow to their full potential.
We look forward to seeing you on the bank. Here are some pictures of last years Chalking to give you an idea of what goes on.