The picture says it all, winter has arrived. We’ve had a big change in the weather this month with a big temperature drop going down to -9 with a wind chill down to -14. The lake has been frozen but for no longer then 1 week luckily so the feeding programme could continue after this time. Now we’re into March the weather has already started to warm up nicely as we’ve already seen temperatures up to 14 degrees so far. The fish will soon start to become more active now all ready for when we open at the end of March !!
Now we are coming to the end of January & what a wet month we’ve had, in fact this is the wettest winter we’ve had so far in the 5 years we’ve lived in France. But the good news is it’s been unusually warm for the time of year with outside temps up to 14 degrees, yes 14 degrees in January it’s crazy I know, but with this there has also been a rise in water temp which is up to just over 9 degrees, this means the fish have been feeding heavily creating plumes of bubbles which can been seen most days over feeding areas which is usually un heard of for this time of year. So with Spring just round the corner & the 2018 season getting ever closer I’m now buzzing at the thought of seeing some of these fish come out & what weights they will be at. I’ve held off fishing the lake all winter as I usually do because as I see it its best to leave them to feed in piece for mutiple gains rather than being fished for by me & getting disturbed, don’t get me wrong it’s very tempting at times so never say never !! 😜
During an early morning stroll around the lake with the dogs this view just stopped me in my tracks it was so beautiful standing there watching the sun come up which made the sky go purple ! This shot was taken believe it or not on my mobile phone as there would have been no time to to go back to the house to get the camera. Ok so now we’re well into December & Christmas is almost upon us, the temperatures are still dropping slowly with the outside air temp lows down to minus 2 degrees at night with highs up to 12 degrees during some days. We haven’t really seen much snow so far only a slight dusting one morning which soon disappeared, unlike the UK by what I’ve seen on the news although we will get it I’m sure of that ! The lake water temp has now dropped to 6.2 degrees & I’ve not seen any fish show now for a while meaning they are becoming less active now in these colder conditions which is to be expected. I will do another update which will be in the New year now so to all our customers past, present & future we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!!!!
Well the weather has certainly started to change now we’re coming to the end of November, although in this picture we have blue sky’s & sunshine let me tell you it’s starting to get cold, the outside air temperature has been down to 3 degrees & the water temperature has now dropped to around 8 degrees. As can be seen from the picture most of the leaves have now fallen & it’s been a constant battle removing as many as we can from the water. The fish are still active with a few shows during most days so are very much still on the munch & the winter feeding programme is well under way now. Luckily we’ve managed to get a fair amount of work done before it got really cold some of which is explained in previous blogs. Remember to keep checking for more blogs where I will try & keep everyone up to date on the weather conditions through the winter months.
As part of our fishery management programme we carry out a lake drain down & netting every few years to remove some of the silvers so we can keep our bio mass right for optical growth gains in our carp. This winter we removed some roach & rudd with some being over 2lb so these were obviously enjoying & doing very well on our pellet which means now there will be more feed available for our carp. We would never want to remove all the silver fish completely as they play a big part in fishery management by feeding on the outbreak of naturals throughout the season thus improving the fishing. You would be very lucky to net every carp in the lake as this rarely happens but we managed to count 197 carp & estimate around 215 in the lake at present.
Our 2017 season has now come to an end & we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors to the lake during this season, you all did extremely well with some stunning fish being caught, we are looking forward to seeing most of you again during our 2018 season. The average catch rate was up again this year & the number of blankers was very low which could be counted on just one hand. Yes there was some downs as well, one being the loss of tatty tail which was one of our big commons back in July where we saw the hottest temperatures in this part of France for 13 years so we were told, with outside air temps to 46 degrees & the lake water temp to an unbelievable 26 degrees which took its toll on anything in the aquatic environment. The spawning was also very mental this year but this was expected due to the new stock which was added last winter, the outcome of this was that our big girls lost a fair bit of weight for a short time compared to previous years although the weights have come back bigger & better than ever before and in no time at all due to the competitive feeding. We will be doing work this winter to improve weight gains even more & will keep everybody posted on here & Facebook on what work is going on during the winter months so please keep checking for updates. Until then thanks again for all the support. Tight lines. Dave & Tina X
Well although winter is just around the corner the weather for this week was very nice for the time of year with daytime temps to 20 degrees although the temps are starting to drop during the night to just 5 degrees on some nights. Water temp 15 degrees. The leaves are starting to fall now & the Autumn colours really do look amazing. This week we saw good friends Gary & Greg, the guys decided early on that they would split up & fish opposite sides of the lake in an attempt to try & keep the fish moving so they didn’t have so many spots to hold up in away from the pressure although there was plenty of water still being un fished. So Gary decided to fish the boathouse swim & Greg the mistletoe swim. It wasn’t the easiest of weeks for the guys they managed to land 7 fish although they both smashed their p.bs. Greg in mistletoe had fish to 42.10lb a very characteristic mirror known as the creature & Gary after deciding to move out of the boathouse swim to the Garden swim managed to land a very special fish which was also his target fish for the week the Jewel of the lake, the big plated at 43lb. The guys said at the end of the week that they both had an amazing time & are now looking into what dates we have left for 2018. Well done to you both it was a pleasure to have you on the lake with this week being the last of our 2017 season & are looking forward to seeing you both again in 2018.