TROUT FISHING: By Simon Green

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Rutland Water is fishing well in spite of the recent adverse weather. Gordon Anthony of Whittlesey took a 5lb 8oz Rainbow on Sunday along with two other fish from the Old Hall. Gordon Alleyne of Wansford reported a cracking fish off the peninsula mid week using a skinny minkie. Wittering angler Keith Jones (R.A.F) had one Rainbow and lost three on Saturday. Keith also returned a Brown estimated around 6lb from Whitwell front.

Fish are being caught from the Old Hall end of the Peninsula, Whitwell Creek and the Finches, plus Normanton to Fantasy Island. Fish are feeding well on daphnia, shrimp the odd fry, sticklebacks and corixa. Good numbers of fish in the 3-5lb category are showing.

The season ends on 31 December. During December the fishing lodge is open 9am to 2pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Day tickets are also available from the Normanton Toilet Block and the ticket hut near the Rok Blok at Whitwell.

Grafham Water has fished well this week for both bank and boat anglers. 33% of the trout caught are weighing 3lb or over.

The main event of the week was the annual Fur and Feather bank match – the final match of the season. 16 Hardy souls faced a bitter cold westerly wind on Sunday. Most anglers sought shelter by fishing Gaynes Cove and Plummers. The best fish of the match went to our very own Kevin Appleton – a fine Rainbow of 5lb. Kevin also won the match overall. The prize for the best fish of the match passed down the line to a cracking Rainbow of 4lb 11oz.

The last day for boat fishing (for both trout and pike anglers) is Sunday 16 December. The trout season continues for bank anglers until 31 December.

Lodge opening times

December 9am to 2pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Please note the Brown trout season has ended - any Browns caught must be returned safely to the water. Since 1 November the western end of the reservoir has been out of bounds for all fishing (bank and boat). Please see wardens or shop staff if you are unsure of the restrictions.

Best Rainbow 6lb 10oz taken by Brian Knights of Offord.

Best boat areas - Sludge Bank, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, G Hedge End, Pylon Point.

Best bank areas - Pylon Point, Hill Farm, Gaynes Cove, Lodge Bank.

Gift vouchers

It’s that time of year with Christmas not far away Anglian Water gift vouchers make ideal presents – available in values of £10 and £20 they can be redeemed against goods in our shops or fishing and boat permits.

Very few anglers have visited Elinor Trout Fishery as the water is still coloured after the floods a couple of weeks ago.

A few fish are being caught but Elinor isn’t on great form.

There will be a big improvement as soon as the water clears.

The last stocking of the season went in on Thurs Dec 6th and the lake is full of hungry trout!

For the latest news on any changes in conditions please call the lodge answer phone 01832 720786.

Elinor is open until Monday December 31st inc.

Well that’s it for this week ,

With all this frost about now is the perfect time for a bit of river piking!

If you need any advice then why not pop into Banks and Burr and have a chat with Dan.

Tight lines

Simon