Dam Fishing

A Fishing boat with a net in Arthur (Bhandardhara) Lake.
Fishermen wait as early morning water is cold, it is best to wait till the sun is enough to warm the shallow water in their known area, creating more comfortable water temperatures for fish to come up and feed.
One end is held on shore before couple of fishermen head into water to lay the huge net.
All set with long net.
27 year old Ganesh starts lowering the huge net fast as the lake is big enough to move around quite a bit. If the fishing is slow in one area, they can always move to another in time till the fishes feed.
Huge net is laid in much possible area till it lasts.
Utekar ties other end of the net to a tree.
A boat is anchored before net pulling begins.
Anchored boat and Net.

Few villagers join in to help pulling the heavy net.
Anna came for assistance too , He don’t remember his age . .
Final pull.
A known local vendor is at the site to buy todays lot.
Day’s catch is carefully brought on shore.
Local fish called Aamle or Kamboli.
Fish weighing before it is handed over to vendor . 50kgs Today, Average catch on a good day is 200 Kgs . It is all on luck and weather Ganesh says.
Vendor pours lake water in buckets with ice to keep the catch fresh till it reaches the market.
Sold
Fishing day ends.

Wilson Dam or also popularly known as Bhandardara Dam was built across Pravara River more than 100 years ago during the colonial administration to provide irrigation to the remote Ahmednagar region. Arthur lake (Bhandardhara Lake ) was its outcome. Prime residents of the village are Mahadev Koli tribe.  Apart from forced labor work  in Dam construction the natives lost their productive lands as the water level grew.Dam was named to honor Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, Governor of Bombay, and the lake formed was named “Lake Arthur Hill” after the chief engineer for irrigation and secretary to government, Bombay who discovered this site in 1903  .Today the  small village Muthkhel which is in the shadows of the Dam survives on farming on the little land that survived and Fishing in the Dam water .

 

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