Still­wa­ter spring tips

Fish for the right species

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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.

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