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Small pools beneath large lakes


ON MONDAY I ventured back to a small weirpool that I had not visited in over two years.

I remembered there being a deep hole where we caught bream and pike and I was hoping to catch both species again. I rode my bike to this particular pool, which in itself took one-and-a-half hours. The bike ride made me even more desperate to be able to drive!


Once I arrived I was sweating, panting like a dog and ready to sit down and do nothing for a few hours! I didn’t get the chance to relax though, as almost instantly I was catching pike – one after another – on lures and spinners. It was full on action and brilliant fun watching the pike follow the lure right to the bank, before snapping it up under the rod tip.


In the end I managed to catch ten pike and two bream when I switched to feeder. This little pool was still full of fish, just like it was when we visited years ago!


As discussed in a previous blog, the tiny weirpool, for some unknown reason, was able to sustain a huge population of bream and pike. It reminded me of the little pool I used to fish whilst I was at secondary school. Situated beneath a large lake, the water overflowing tumbled down into a small pool where there were masses of fish, but in the shape of carp, chub and tench. I have visited other waters too where I have turned up to fish the lake but have ended up targeting the escapees in the pool beneath!!

I have come to the conclusion that there must be something to do with pools beneath large lakes which just makes them full of fish; below are some of the possible reasons.

1. Fish accidentally get washed down the overflow into the pool beneath. This could be accentuated by floods.

2. Spawning fish near the overflow, allows eggs and fry to be washed down stream.

3. Because the water overflowing is taken from the surface layer, the pool is supplied with well oxygenated water full of whatever natural food happens to be blooming in the lake. Also in the summer, the warm water would be flowing into the pool.

Whatever the reason, we anglers can make the most of it by always having a little cast into these small outlets; you never know what might be lurking!




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