With the beginning of river fishing season fast approaching in England I took a walk at one of my favourite spots for lure fishing and was very pleased to see some brook lampreys. Its rare to see these special creatures not only because of their secretive habits, but also because of population declines. The best time to spot them is in spring while spawning, which is exactly what these were doing.
I'm afraid the photos aren't great but you can get a general idea of their build. I've included a description of the brook lamprey from wikepedia, as well as some other snaps of other local spots and fish that may be lurking under the surface this coming season,
"Adult brook lamprey (Lampetra planeri) measure from 12-14cm and spawn in gravels during the springtime. Although they are found in small streams, as their name suggests, they are also found in larger rivers. Brook lamprey ammocoetes live in soft sandy/mud for a number of years before maturing. These young lampreys are blind and are filter feeders, eating detritus and other organic matter.
Unlike most species of lamprey, the adults do not migrate to sea nor do they have a parasitic phase. Adult brook lamprey do not feed and they spawn close to the soft sediment in which they were previously resident."
brook lamprey head
brook Lamprey breeding
lake before storm
Big river perch
Beautifully marked Pike
All the best, Scott