Darlow Water quality update – 16-Jan-2023

With so much wet weather recently, Darlow is currently in flood, but the good news is that the bank repairs to the bypass channel seem to be holding up and we are not seeing water flooding directly in from the river. Water levels are very high, so most of the swims are under water and access is tricky. The good news is that the water testing is looking good; no detectable ammonia, phosphate or nitrite. Read more…

Darlow Water quality update – 02-Jan-2023

The first set of tests for 2023 are looking good. The water is cool (7.6 °C), fairly clear, and with good oxygen levels (10.6 mg/L; 88.6 %). Phosphate, nitrate and nitrites are all undetectable, and ammonia levels are very low, with a pH stable at 8.3. Lake water levels are also increasing with the depth gauge reading -0.2. More detail and trends can be found in the members area of the website, here;

Darlow water quality update – 29-Nov-2022

The latest water quality measurements taken today all look normal and the temperature is now well below 10 °C. There is perhaps a slight increase in phosphates, but very small, and should not be a major issue at this time of year because of the low temperature suppressing any weed and algal growth. Ammonia levels have fallen back down since last month, and the water is nice and clear, which is most likely due to Read more…

Temporary closure for chalking – 16-18th November 2022

*******Please note updated dates******* Darlow Water will be temporarily closed to fishing for 3 days, 16-18th November, to allow the annual chalking to take place. Access to the lake grounds will be very restricted during this time. This important process is carried out each year to help reduce the build up of organic silt that naturally builds up in still water. The build up of anaerobic areas of silt has a detrimental effect on the Read more…

Darlow Water quality update – 26-Oct-2022

Water quality at Darlow continues to look good. We have seen a small increase in ammonia to trace levels (0.04 mg/L, pH8.2), but they are not a major cause for concern at this stage and is probably a result of the disruption of silt during the weed removal process. All other parameters and water clarity are also good (oxygen at 8.9 mg/L; 89.1 %), and we have seen a much-needed 11 cm increase in water Read more…

Stocking programme restarts – 11-Oct-2022

After a long hot Summer, we have restarted to the stocking programme at Darlow Water – 200 2-3 lb rainbow trout (some even bigger!) from Bibury fish farm have been released today! We’re now planning to stock on a regular basis with more rainbows, browns and Sparctics, so this should provide some great fishing over the Winter and in to next year. We are aiming to stock at least 800 fish before the end of Read more…