Summer Algal Bloom
At the moment (9th July) we are experiencing an algal bloom which we get for a brief period most years depending on the weather
What causes it?
All year round nutrients are released into the water from leaf litter and silt on the lake bed.
During the winter these nutrients build up and in spring when it warms up and there is enough sunlight, the algae feeds on these nutrients until they have been used up. The algae then dies back to a very low level for the rest of the summer.
At the end of the summer when there is not enough sun to keep the algae alive it completely disappears, and so the nutrient levels start to build up in the water again over the winter months.
During this time the fishing is still great and the catch rate as good as ever, and there is no health risk to the fish or to people.