Exe Valley Fishery Reopening - Sunday 18th September 2016

As many of you will know, the main Anchor Lake has been closed for a considerable period of time, shutting its doors on 29th June.  A few people braved the lake in July and despite the weed choked conditions they caught fish.  Special thanks to those who continued to support the fishery through such tough times.  

By August Anchor was virtually impossible to fish and so late on in the month we drained the lake and set about continuing the work carried out last year.  The maintenance has only just been completed to the point that we can flood the lake and we are currently in the process of getting ready to reopen this Sunday 18th September.

If you would like to fish on Sunday 18th, Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th September please note that permits are only available by advance booking.  An email has been sent out to coincide with this post on our website and details will also be posted via social media including Twitter & Facebook.  Please call between 9.30am and 2.00pm on 01398 323008 if you would like to try out the refurbished lake on any of the dates above.  Alternatively please email the office here. 

Please Note: Permits will not be available for self service or by turning up on the day.  

Here are some images from the recent works showing the extensive excavation and reconstruction of Anchor Lake which has taken place.

Anchor Lake during closure, choked with weed & Algae

Draining Anchor Lake revealed why we were experiencing such huge problems.  Despite considerable investment in 2015 we had only scratched the surface, huge silt beds remained offering perfect nutrient levels for weed & algae to thrive.

In full daylight the quantity of silt is even more impressive.  Here the excavator begins the process of cleaning Anchor Lake artery's.

As silt was excavated so to was rock which we transported around the lake using dumpers. The rock was then used on every surrounding bank to construct a dam wall effect, perfect for aquatic insects and friendly weeds.  

Here is Anchor after the excavation showing the rocked banks.  Compare this with the images above and the changes to the lake bed can clearly be seen.

Another angle showing the excavated lake bed

Learning from our mistakes in 2015 this time we excavated as much silt as possible, added gradient to the lake bed and most important of all, found rock.  We managed to excavate to rock in just a very few areas last year and found that these small sections were largely unaffected by weed.

This is how the lake bed looked in 2015! Note the difference in depth above and how the water is pooling into certain areas, this will provide fantastic features for the fish and the opportunity for anglers to try varied tactics and line densities.

Another view of the new lake bed.  Note the rock, new slip way (ideal for Booby fishing!) and the pool of water on the left.  This area is already deep prior to flooding and set to become a hotspot.

Compare the inlet area above in 2016 after the recent works with how it looked back in 2015. Where there is 8' to 10' now there was just 2' originally!

A new dawn.  It has taken many 18 hour days and a five figure sum but at last the sun is rising on a new Anchor Lake and this weekend, Sunday 18th September 2016 we will reopen after a 10 week closure.  

There are no guarantees that the work carried out will cure the problems experienced this season, but we have invested large amounts of time and money in the hope that from now and in future seasons we will not have to take such drastic action.

We hope that you will visit soon, judging by the many calls and emails received (thanks to all!) it sounds like you are all gagging to wet a line!  If you would like to book yourself in this weekend please call 01398 323008 or email here.