Month: May 2016

Nice One Seth

Seth Johnson wins the 2016 Millennium Trophy.



The Junior competition was fished today for the Millennium Trophy. The winning fish was weighed in at 1lb 1oz by Seth Johnson to round off a cracking weeks fishing for the young man. Proud grandad Eric will be taking a few tips from this young angler in time for the Dr Chester’s Senior Trophy in July.


Seth with his winning fish.

Well done Seth. Congratulations from everyone at W&DAC.

American Skunk Cabbage

The problem with non-native invasive species can often be that we wait until they take over before we try to act. Prevention must be better, easier and cheaper than cure.

In the case of American Skunk Cabbage problems have escalated in other parts of the country in recent years and action is now needed to reverse this. Introduced to this country as a decorative water garden plant they have the potential to smother out other native plants, similar to Himalayan Balsam, and leave the river banks open to erosion.


Decorative Garden Plant


American Skunk Cabbage1

Potential Future problem

The American Skunk Cabbage is not yet a problem on our waters, let’s aim to keep it that way. If you do come across these plants on our waters (hopefully you never will) please report this to the club and to the EA. The roots should be dug out fully. (Damaged rhizome roots will re-grow). 

If you are a gardener and have them growing then if you ever decide to remove or reduce them the waste needs to be rotted down carefully and not added to compost or your garden re-cycling bin. This will cause spreading.

Stocked Trout and C&R

The 1st stocked fish of the season have now had a little time to settle into the river. They can be recognised by a black dot (similar to the picture but maybe a little closer to the mouth and gills).


Black Spot identifies our Triploid Trout. Members will enjoy some excellent sport through the summer.

The stocked trout are infertile, Triploids, in line with EA regulations. This presents the club with a Catch and Release opportunity.

The club does not have a hard and fast rule for C&R other than to encourage anglers to practice this whenever suitable. If you are considering taking fish for the table then please remember that the marked, stock fish, will not breed while the non-marked wild fish will. Keeping the stocked fish and returning the wild fish will have a real benefit to the river.

Great Fish Seth.


Warming up nicely ! Seth Johnson has today (Sunday 15/05/2016) weighed in the 1st Trout of the season by a junior member. Taken on a ledgered worm this little beauty weighed in at 2lb 50z.

This fantastic catch bodes well for next Sunday’s junior competition for the Millennium Trophy which Seth shared last year. He now leads the standings for the largest trout by a junior member for the 2016 season.

Well done Seth.