Trout fishing news
Fish week 289(season 22,444) Returns 93 (5,438) Rod average 3.1 (4.12)
Boat anglers have had an excellent week on the reservoir, including many quick limits, some taken in only a few hours. The main basin saw most boats venturing around the various aerators and drifts up to the limit of fishing off the Dam itself.
Generally fishing lures on various sinking lines, many of the fish caught were silvered up stock fish, around the 2lb mark and up to 3lb plus.
The few boat anglers that opted to search the South Arm shallows for specimen fish around the many weed beds were rewarded with quality Rainbows averaging 3lb up to 6lb.
Bank anglers have been thin on the ground with the hot weather though the Dam provided a few fish, and later in the week the wind turned southerly and fish were being caught off the Normanton bank.
Fish week 120 (season 10,898) Returns 30 (1,623) Rod average 4.0 (6.7)
The best bag of the week went to Fraser Duffy who took 19 fish to the boat on a floating line and popper hoppers.
The weather conditions made the fishing challenging at Ravensthorpe last week but those up for the challenge caught well. The cloudy days were best for dries or wets, claret hoppers or klinkhammers, silver invictas for the wets. On still, bright days the buzzers fished best, black or olive on a midge tip line.
Best boat areasMain Bowl.
Best bank areasPlatforms 4 and 5, Dam.
Best methodsFloating lines and wets or buzzers.
Fish week 89 (season 8,440) Returns 39 (2,108) Rod average 2.2 (4.0)
Anglers have enjoyed some good fishing this week with several boat anglers reporting fantastic sport. Pat Flynn has been putting his highly effective methods to the test and scoring well with 11 fish to the boat on Tuesday and an impressive catch of 29 fish on Sunday. Pat used various high density lines coupled with boobies or tubes fished over the main bowl of the reservoir.
There are plenty of fish showing at the Dam end over the cooler water and they can be caught in the right weather conditions. Wets and dry flies on the drift have proved effective. Many anglers have also caught fish on the washing line with diawl bachs and crunchers. Some anglers have been using the rudder on breezy days and have bagged up in the morning.
Lure anglers fishing for trout have had more success this week and with the fish beginning to pursue fry up around the Dam, fishing with small spoons and mepps should produce results.
Some very good catches of Perch have been achieved again this week with several fish around the 3-4lb mark being fairly common on drop shot or vertical jigging techniques.
Simon’s column about the local angling scene appears in the Rugby Advertiser every Thursday