Between 2014 - 2021 the Long Lake was used to grow on carp with no fishing allowed. Three ton of pellet a year was fed and the growth rates were amazing.
On four occasions a random selection carp was 'harvested' using electrofishing techniques and transferred to the Back and Front Lakes. Uncaught carp were left to grow on and mature.
At the start of 2021 the exact size of the carp that remained was unknown and something of a mystery...................
Spring 2021 the Long Lake opened up to anglers for the first time. A conservative estimate of carp numbers is 250, making it the heaviest stocked of all the lakes at East Delph.
Average size is around 12lb.
Largest was a 29lb 1oz mirror. Also caught were three different upper 20s and about 10 different low 20s.
Are more big fish uncaught carp present? Definitely!
You're fishing for pristine carp on a lake where many have yet to be caught for the first time, that element of unknown makes the Long Lake special.
The two-acre Long Lake seven-angler limit allows plenty of scope for those who like to ‘get way from the crowds.’
With eight islands and numerous features in the margins it’s a perfect lake for anglers who love stalking.
There are also a good number of double swims, purposely designed to allow anglers to fish together 'on a social'.
The lake is very silty in the middle areas, it's recommended that anglers identify one of the numerous firmer areas to fish over. The margins are firm enough for good bait presentation all the way round.