Environment Agency netting of Wyver Lane Pond

A 20lb+ specimen carp netted by the EA from Wyver Lane Pond, Belper AC

This month, the Environment Agency visited our mixed coarse & carp stillwater fishery, Wyver Lane Pond at Belper, to conduct a netting exercise. The purpose of this was to evaluate & health check our fish stocks and to provide valuable insight for any future stockings of the pond.

As we expected, the netting produced a real mixed bag! Carp to over 20lb were caught, as well as thousands of roach, dace, skimmers & perch. There were also a few larger bream (“slabs”), good tench, a few pike… even a Tommy Ruffe!

Netting a fishery is known as a good indicator to the stock levels of a fishery, but it is notoriously difficult and fraught with problems including the net snagging, fish escaping from the net and fish taking refuge around obstructions and other inaccessible areas. Despite this, we recorded a healthy number of fish and several scale samples were taken away to be tested.

Click on the following thumbnails to view pictures from the day, showing the netting process by EA Fisheries Officers and some of the fish caught:

Wyver Lane Pond is our members-only lake, which is open for all annual members to fish during daylight hours. There is also a night fishing ticket available, but numbers of these are very limited. Click here for more information on fishing Wyver Lane Pond.

Belper & District Angling Club – John Mason Memorial Match Winner 2017

River Derwent, Belper, match-winning roach & dace bag

The annual match, held on the River Derwent at Belper, was won by Thomas Webster.

Thomas Webster was triumphant in this year’s John Mason Memorial Match, held on our Wyver Lane Pond stretch of the River Derwent at Belper (just upstream of Belper’s River Gardens).

His superb 7lb 14oz bag of roach & dace, caught on pole, was enough to clinch the title and win him the John Mason memorial shield for 2017.

Thomas Webster with his 7lb 14oz bag of pole-caught roach & dace from the River Derwent at Belper. This won him the John Mason memorial match, 2017
Thomas Webster with his winning bag of River Derwent roach & dace.
Thomas Webster is presented with the John Mason Memorial Shield
Angler, Thomas Webster, is presented with the John Mason Memorial Shield