Despite longer daylight February has been considerably colder (so far) than early January. Ponds have been covered in ice for some time with only a little open water around the inlets. There is certainly no hope of making significant growth on the fish this month!
At least the ice cover is preventing cormorants from causing havoc although up to 20 have been visiting the site each day in anticipation of the ice melting. Everyone I have spoken to in recent weeks (involved with fish) has reported the same thing that both cormorants and herons seem more numerous this winter. All angling clubs should be monitoring numbers of these birds on their waters.
Work in the hatchery is largely unaffected by wintery weather although the water temperature of the spring supply may drop to around 6 degrees C if frost is intense for several days. Supplies of first feeding rations have now been received in anticipation of fry starting to feed by the end of the month.
It will soon be time to check over transportation equipment and confirm delivery dates and times for the first re-stocking orders of the year. All too soon the working week and weekends will blend into one as fish deliveries take priority over any time off - the joy of fish farming!
Let’s hope that the start of your angling season will be blessed with balmy spring weather - we can at least hope!!!
Best wishes for the 2015 season