Well, in those two years I probably only went half a dozen times, but it certainly felt like I spent 2 solid years trying every trick in the book to catch nothing. That all changed back in March, when a random session days before the season closed yielded around 30 roach and rudd - every cast was a bite! I have to say that the summer at WVP is the kinder season, regardless of weather conditions. At any other time of year I'd recommend waiting until the exact time of sunset and the lake will come alive for 40 minutes before dying again, which is handy in a way as it gives just enough time to stumble back to the car before 'dusk' and thus the ban on fishing comes in.
All of my recent success at WVP has come by float fishing red maggot or lobworm out to the edge of the lilypads or a couple of feet out from the reed beds (or in the pads but that's a snag nightmare). The road end of the lake is very deep at some 15 feet, but there's very little point targeting bottom-feeders as I don't think there are many, if any, in there (the Chinese whispers of the 44lb carp notwithstanding!). A 2-3 foot hook length with double maggot will get you roach and rudd, while a triple or quad arrangement, or lob, will tempt the perch.
Thanks bigoll. I have complete empathy with the sticking at it , keep coming back etc... I returned to fishing aged 41 in Oct 2008 ( 20 odd year gap) and went from Oct 2008 until June 16 th 2009 for a fish( about 8 blanks
)...a 2 inch roach out the Nav canal at Dobbs weir
I did see big carp spawning at WVP in the closed season.
I think the botttom which you say is very deep is covered with old leaves etc. Ill give your suggestion when I go next.