Abbey Lake covers an area of roughly 3.6 acres. Every spring fish are removed from the lake to reduce the numbers as there is no other means of escape for them. In 2018 there was a successful fish reduction and this year it was hoped to reduce the current population by about 200 lbs to promote a healthy population.
Common and Mirror Carp are the predominant species within the lake, and when left unchecked these populations tend to increase steadily due to favourable breeding conditions and few natural predators, e.g. otters, cormorants. Once the population gets too large it is a temptation for illegal fishing but moreover it becomes unsustainable in the shallow lake, causing health problems for the fish, food shortages, depleted oxygen levels (particularly in the summer months) and sadly results in numbers of fish dying off, which is both unsightly and malodorous.
Images of some of the fish that have been seen in Abbey Fields Lake can be seen if you click here This will open in a new tab.
Fish removal Wednesday 13 Feb 2019
On Wednesday 13th February, 2019, Countryside Management students from Moreton Morrell College came to Abbey Fields to help remove some of the fish from Abbey Lake under the direction of Fisheries Manager Jon Wall and Anthony Simmons from Leamington Angling Association.
The fish were carefully removed by Seine netting, and transported to John Wall Fisheries, Melton Mowbray, in oxygenated 1 m3 tanks. Once there, the fish were to be sorted, health-checked, fed and prepared for distribution to restock ponds, lakes and pools in the area and potentially across the UK
This year, Jon Wall had brought a fish finder to see if the location of the fish shoals could be determined before laying out the nets. Unfortunately the shallowness of the water prevented a great deal of success and as a result the team had to complete two trawls with the seine nets.
Submerged branches from last year’s tree damage caused some issues with net retrieval.
A surprising number of visitors took interest in proceedings and we fielded questions whenever possible, in order to let everyone know what was going on.
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| Photographs by David Emsley