Electro Fishing Survey

Here are a few photographs from yesterdays electric fishing the Lower Water to assess the fish population.

Casterbridge Fisheries Ltd. fished 100m in an upstream direction and retained every fish they caught (apart from minor species) they then measured and recorded species including all juveniles, returning them before fishing the next stretch. The results will build up a picture of the whole population including recruitment, which is very important.

Full results will be published to Members in due course, but visual results are more than encouraging – one 100m had to be shortened because of the amount of fish!!! (best brown was 50cm/20in!!!

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

Electro Fishing Survey

October 10, 2015 by Filed under: Electro Fishing 

Plenty of Fish

Today was spent with Kingcombe Aquacare to electro fish the Lower Water to remove those unwanted pike!

For once the weather was kind and we had perfect conditions. It wasn’t long before we turned our first pike of the day and some wonderful big trout & grayling – plus one fantastic roach!

We were joined by the EA and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust for the obligatory curry lunch!

some preferred eel for their lunch!
September 18, 2009 by Filed under: Electro Fishing, River Work 

Electro Fishing 2008

Today we electro fished the river to remove the unwanted pike. Conditions were fantastic, although a strong and rather cold down stream wind made the morning feel very chilly.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

We started at Lower Bockhampton and fished up to Loud’s Mill, where we encountered similar numbers of pike as last year, as were the numbers of trout. After 4 hours of hard work it was time to enjoy the other annual event “Electro Curry” lunch. Kev’s curry was a winner as was John’s chicken VB.

From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008

With plenty of extra warmth, we continued up to Blue Bridge, on the way we turned over a multitude of excellent trout & grayling and very few pike – a splendid day.

Perfect Frome trout
From Dorchester Fishing Club 2008
October 3, 2008 by Filed under: Electro Fishing, River Work 

Electric Fishing

We spent the day doing our annual fish survey, counting our Trout population and sending our Pike off to a new home.

A big thank you to Rod Crane for spending the day counting from the bank, data available once sorted….

Also a big thank you to Scott, Matt, George, and Matt from Kingcombe Aquacare for their professional approach, and the rather fab lunch that we all provided. http://www.kingcombe.com/

The CEH were also present, and managed to tag somewhere in the region of 300 Salmon Parr, they were very pleased.

Future work party dates to come watch this space….

The team hard at it…

September 28, 2007 by Filed under: Electro Fishing, River Work 

Electrofishing Day

Misty Morning

The morning was still but very misty as we all met at Lower Bockhampton and the expectation was that the sun would burn through later in the morning.

The kit and boat were unloaded and we were ready to go. As in the past few years we were joined by Anton Ibbotson and his team from the CEH. They were tagging salmon parr to monitor the parr leaving the Frome and hopefully returning in future years.

The Gang in Full Flow

How to tell the difference between a salmon parr and a trout parr

Here is Anton tagging a small salmon parr

We continued up the Lower Water encountering good numbers of trout, some amazing grayling and plenty of salmon parr for Anton’s team. When we reached Loud’s Mill it was time for lunch and John fired up his stove to reheat a chilli con carne to go with wraps, cheese & salad. Everyone else donated corn crisps, home made HOT Salsa and Guacamole dip – we ate like kings.

Mexican Time

Above Loud’s Mill the trout numbers were equally as good and the sun was beating down roasting them in their dry suits.

At the end of a very hot day 35 pike were removed and will be sold on and a huge number of trout and grayling were counted – best trout was 3lb+

Many thanks to the guys from Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd for all their excellent work and Andrea for the scrumptious chilli con carne 🙂

This is why we do it – a grayling tail!

September 25, 2006 by Filed under: Electro Fishing, River Work