We have all seen cormorant and goosander on our waters and thought ‘what can I do? ‘ These birds have devastated what was left of fish stocks on our section of the Monnow and, last winter, the Large Lake at Treowen.
Populations of small silver fish in our water on the Wye have diminished over recent years. Once you would catch dozens small chub before you caught a decent one. Now, in my experience, the average chub caught is probably two or three pounds. The reason is obvious. In Ross and Hereford town waters where there are plenty of people around, match catches are still good.
If you do nothing else please report any sightings on the Angling Trust website in the link below.
On our two sections of the river Wye and Monnow with public access nearby, I don’t see that shooting these birds is a viable option. Any form of bird scarer would soon be vandalised. That leaves repeated disturbance of roosting and feeding birds, but they have already become quite fearless of people outside a certain distance. So what is the answer?