The club is at last pleased to announce that Bellwood will be re-opened to members on 1st September. This comes after a long and difficult summer with algae and low oxygen levels, but at long last the committee believe it is safe for the fish to allow angling.
To start with, as the fishery is still delicate, fishing is only allowed dawn to dusk, we request that you use a maximum of 1kg of bait per session, and if you can use less please do. Please read the notices on the gate, and most importantly enjoy your fishing.
Do be vigilant for any signs of distress, and let the committee know if you have any concern.
It has been the committee's intention to re-open Bellwood on the first day of the season, June 16th but with regret this is going to have to be postponed for a few weeks. The water has been monitored twice daily for a number of weeks and although the oxygen levels are satisfactory and the fish are comfortable, there is still a daily occurrence of blue-green algae in the mornings.
Although measures have been taken to combat it, the weather conditions and high nutrient levels in the water seem to still produce the algae, which carries a health hazard as it is toxic to humans.
We will continue to monitor, and work with the EA, and will open the lake as soon as it is safe to do so.