These just in from the Environment Agency:
If you are out fishing during hot weather– we’d like you to remember a few tips about fishing in summer.
- If you catch a fish you need to handle it with extra care during hot weather.
- Larger fish are more susceptible to the effects of low oxygen levels so please keep the fish in the water while unhooking where possible.
- Fish that have been handled carefully after being caught are more likely to survive after they are released.
- For the latest guidance on fishing in hot weather go to bit.ly/31VjBXk
- During summer we regularly respond to reports of ‘fish in distress’ due to natural processes reducing oxygen levels in the water. Hot, sunny weather can lead to low flows in rivers and still water fisheries (ponds and lakes) start to warm up.
- Small still waters are particularly susceptible. Fisheries teams are trained to use aeration equipment or hydrogen peroxide to restore dissolved oxygen levels. When necessary, our teams may also rescue fish and transfer them to safety.
- If you see fish in distress please call our hotline on 0800 80 70 60.