Anglers on Bassenthwaite Lake are being asked to help monitor the size of the fish they catch by the Lake District National Park Authority.
Countryside team leader Chris Tomlin said he wanted the fishing fraternity to help monitor the size of the creatures they catch to help establish trends in the light of worrying research from Lancaster University.
He noted: "Analysis on recorded catches for the 08-09 season showed the top weight was 12 pounds, considerably smaller than the maximum 20 pounds recorded in 07."
Mr Tomlin observed that the [problem was specific to Bassenthwaite Lake, as no corresponding decline had occurred in neighbouring Ullswater.
He went on to state that Bassenthwaite Lake remains an attractive place for anglers to bring their fishing equipment
, with some of the permit costs being frozen at old prices.
Bassenthwaite Lake is the only body of water that carries the name Lake in the Lake District National Park, the others being meres or waters.
The term 'Lake Windermere' is commonly used to distinguish the lake from the town, but is incorrect as in Cumbria the topographical term comes at the end of the name.
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