A Private Fishing Affair at Nanyang Lake

By: Fiona Leung, April 11, 2011 | 0 COMMENTS

Some time back, a few of us from Siow Chiang were invited to a private fishing event at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The famous Nanyang Lake is heavily protected and only anglers with permits were allowed to fish there, but perhaps that may also be the reason why people have been able to catch fishes over 14kg in this lake.

Fishing at Nanyang Lake, Singapore

Fishing has always been one of my favorite past times.

Some time back in March, I was invited to attend a private fishing event at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Yunnan Garden Campus, Nanyang Lake.

The Yunnan Garden campus, with its lush landscape and undulating terrain, is located in south-western Singapore, some 25 km from the city-centre. The original part of the campus was built in 1986 and the campus buildings are laid out on a master plan drawn up by architect Kenzo Tange.

Nanyang Lake is a man-made lake that was constructed after the university’s main buildings were completed. Sitting next to Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Lake is the unofficial landmark and the treasure of NTU.

Nanyang Lake in the past. (Source: http://gallery.ntu.edu.sg/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=1936)

Workers digging to create Nanyang Lake (Source: http://gallery.ntu.edu.sg/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=1936)

Nanyang Lake, NTU

To preserve tropical fish species and to build a sustainable environment, Nanyang Lake @ NTU is not open to public for fishing . Only anglers with official NTU Anglers’ Club Permit are allowed to fish at Nanyang Lake. All anglers with permits are bound to stick to ‘Catch & Release’, ethical fishing methods and using safe baits. Very often, campus security officers would patrol and check for permits. Trespassers would be asked to leave the grounds immediately.

We were very excited to be invited to fish in Nanyang Lake as we heard of the famous annual Nanyang Lake Fishing Competition which attracted a lot of participants and winners who have caught fishes over 14kg in this lake.

As we walked towards the lake, memories of my childhood friends and I dashing to the lake to catch little fishes with our little pails flooded my mind momentarily. Back then, we would pass by a few uncles who will be fishing leisurely by the lake. Saturday afternoon is the favorite time for fishing for most uncles back then.  Although I lived within 10 minutes of walking distance from the lake all my life, I have not visited the lake since I started my high school education.

Feeling a little nostalgic, we were welcomed by a group of young and enthusiastic anglers from NTUAC. After greeting the club members, we walked towards the further end of the lake to set up our rods and baits. We prepared the sinking dough-bait and then proceed to do some luring with SureCatch Pargus swim-bait.

We made dough out of fish feeds and bread that is used as baits for our sinking lines and floating lines. We spent over 1 hour at the lake and landed 4 small to mid-sized Keli (a type of catfish). 3 Keli was caught by specially blended dough and one by SureCatch Pargus swim-bait.

Landed a Keli at NTU Nanyang Lake

The biggest fish of the day, Patin at 8.6kg was landed unexpectedly at around 7.20pm with fish feed dough, SureCatch Invader Rod with ‘sinking line’. Patin fish (pangasius) is a type of catfish best known for its juicy taste.  It took 10 minutes of fight to land the fish. We have heard there are Patin over 10 kg residing in this protected lake and getting a Patin of 8.6kg is a proof that there are potentially bigger fishes living in this lake.

8.6kg Patin caught at Nanyang Lake

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