Acker’s Pit is one of the club’s most popular fisheries. Always a favourite with our junior members, the water nestles amongst a housing estate in Stockton Heath, just outside of Warrington.

Despite fantastic fishing for quality roach, skimmers, tench and small carp, the water had a problem with the increasing amount of silt. By 2006, the depth was reduced to just 6 inches in some places. The shallow water, combined by a steady feed of bread thrown in by local people for the dozens of ducks and swans that inhabitat the lake, provided a recipe for disaster every summer. Every year, soaring water temperatures caused oxygen-sapping algal blooms, which threatened the fish stocks.

In 2006, the club put in place plans to desilt the lake. Many of us will also remember that year as another disaster struck Ackers Pit, when a mystery virus wiped out most of the carp stocks of the lake. The disease got into the lake from the intake from the Bridgewater Canal, where Ackers gets its water supply, where 90% of the carp in the canal, and the connected Trent and Mersey Canal and River Weaver had also been ravaged.

So, in 2007 the water was closed as works started to drain, desilt and re-landscape the surrounds of the lake. Problems with contractors, huge amounts of silt to dispose of and spiralling costs meant that the project took much longer to finish. At times it felt like everything had ground to a halt, and for the whole of 2008 the site was fenced off to the public and resembled a bomb site.

It wasnt until June 2009 that the volunteers from Warrington Anglers, supported by the local council and a grant from the Environment Agency started to rebuild the surrounds of the lake and make it look more like a fishery again. We now have new paths, new pegs and new fish stocks.

The first batch of fish went in last winter, when we cropped roach and skimmers from Woodshaw Reservoir. These were supplemented by quality farm-bred fish from renowned breeder, Will Fair.

Ackers was famous for it’s quality roach shoals. The club has aimed to recreate these stocks, complimented by carp, tench, crucian carp, rudd and perch to provide a balanced fishery.

In June 2009, the water was re-opened to members. Work is ongoing to improve the habitat for fish and wildlife.