Anglers are growing frustrated by poachers who have been accused of throwing gutted fish back into a Gloucester lake.
Homemade rods have also been found near Matson Lake where illegal fishing is believed to be taking place.
Alex Mahoney, 32, who lives in the area, said he has to replenishing the lake with fish so anglers can continue fishing the lake.
He said this comes at a cost to Matson Anglers who are trying to save the money towards the revamp of the lake.
Anglers believe poaching has become an issue since the Lake House was vacated.
Alex said: “People need to know that they cannot just fish the lake without a licence. People are pushing their luck. We are really upset and it’s getting beyond a joke.
“There is a sign that has been made saying ‘no license, no fishing’ so everyone should know where they stand.
“There is just no need to catch the fish and gut them and throw them back. It costs us. All the work that we have been doing trying to keep the area clean and tidy is being thrown back in our face.”
The Matson Anglers are frustrated that they are spending grant money to replenish the stocks and they would rather spend the money on improving the lake.
A Gloucester City Homes spokesperson said: “We are continuing to work with the Matson Anglers and the city council to find a solution to this ongoing issue and to support the development of the lake. This has included funding to the group to assist in the clearance of the lake. In the interim we have taken measures to secure the empty property and prevent any further vandalism through the provision of robust Harris fencing and regular security visits.”
City council Labour leader councillor Kate Haigh (Matson and Robinswood) said she has supported the Matson Anglers and their plans to improve the lake.
She added: “It is disappointing to see damage, littering and the taking of fish still happening. Matson Councillors have asked for improved signage and will be discussing further options with the Council.
“I would ask everyone to treat the lake and fish with respect. This project has a great future and I hope we can all look after our lovely lake.”