Stillwater spring tips
Fish for the right species
What species are you going to target? Spring is a great time for most coarse species, especially carp, bream and tench. Carp in particular will begin to feed more, as they look to bulk up for their spawning period, which usually occurs in May.
If your lake of choice contains wels catfish, they will also start to wake up from their winter slumber. They tend to remain dormant for much of the winter, but as spring progresses, they will be on the hunt again, not just for their prey, but also for anglers’ baits.
If, however, you encounter fish such as carp spawning in late spring, the best thing you can do is leave them to it, as they are quite delicate during this time. Being caught and displayed for trophy pictures puts extra stress on them, and that isn’t a good thing whilst they are spawning. The best thing is to try a different venue where the fish aren’t spawning, or simply come back another time, when they have finished and recovered.
Most fisheries have social media accounts that update anglers when spawning starts, and some even shut completely until the fish have finished.