Trout fishing news from around the region
Water clarity is improving, and with that sport has picked up this week.
Anglers are enjoying good sport from the bank using intermediate lines with lures fished slowly. The Pitsford Pea and cats whisker are taking some good fish. Mark Bradbury landed a hard fighting 8lb Rainbow in front of Platform 4 and that fish was safely returned to the water. Chris White landed four fish in a two hour visit to the same area of Mongers Bank using a sink tip line with lure/nymph set up.
Boat anglers are also having some good sport with most anglers landing fish. Coton End and the area of the Island to Catwalk Corner continue to produce fish on slow sinking lines and lures fished very slowly. Sparse pin fry patterns are working well and diawl bachs are also still worth trying.
Although the fishing has been steady at Pitsford Water anglers are taking fish.
The fish remain deep in the main bowl and sunk line methods from the boats is the only way to catch. Flies such as minkies, humungus or tubes have been taking the best bags.
Bank fishing is slow with one or two fish being tempted around the margins on fry patterns.
The Pike fishing has been productive with plenty of fish being reported. The best pike methods have been to fish static with dead bait.
Anglers are reminded that the Brown trout season ended on October 29. Any Browns taken must be returned safely to the water.
Sale – throughout November we have reductions of up to 30% on a wide range of tackle and clothing at each of our tackle shops.
Predator fishing - Lure and dead sea bait from 1 October (subject to boat availability)
Lure fishing for predators, boat only, to January 31 (subject to boat availability)
Over at Elinor Trout Fishery the 139 anglers caught 478 fish of which 365 were returned.
10lb 2oz Steve Quartley, North London, fritz damsel, boat
7lb 6oz Steve Quartley, North London, damsel, boat
6lb 13oz Graham Watts, Ipswich, grhe
6lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, grhe
4lb 8oz John Wildman, Peterborough
Bank - boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay
Boat - gravel bar, west arm
black hopper, grhe, cruncher, montana, red apps, cats whisker.
A good start to the week although the weekend fishing was difficult with flat calms, gin clear water and fish feeding on tiny black midges.
Torrential rain on Sunday evening has brought the water level up and slightly coloured the water although visibility is at least 3 foot and more in some areas.
Fish still being caught despite the sudden change with black patterns working best.
Plenty of fish rising again today.
Elinor is open until December 31st.
Fish week 161(season 40,179) Returns 86(9,936) Rod average1.87 (4.13)
Rutland Water recorded two memorable fish of note last week. Firstly John Lee netted a very fit looking 7lb 2oz specimen taken on a small floating fry off the Normanton shoreline, then on Thursday afternoon one of the biggest Rainbows this season fell to Roy Taylor of Oakham. Roy was fishing a short afternoon session and hooked a superb 9lb 10oz Rainbow close into the shoreline with the fish falling to one of Roy’s size 14 dry flies. Other Rainbows were recorded between 2lb and 5lb during the week from the bank.
A few boat anglers fished last week with Jim Watts and warden Andy Ainscough fishing on Thursday to take six fish with Rainbows up to 3lb. Jim also netted and returned an estimated 6lb Brown and a smaller one on the day.
Bank anglers need to keep mobile and be brave enough to fish small flies, alternating with medium sized fry patterns minkies/zonkers around 2 to 3 inches in length. Fish aren’t feeding hard but they are eating a few corixa, shrimp and roach fry.
Boat anglers should aim to fish close into the shoreline, but also keep an eye out for any surface activity out in the open water with gulls giving away the fry feeding that can happen at any time during the day. Similar methods to those used by bank anglers apply but also include the added attraction of a gold/silver tube fly.
Senior warden John Seaton shared a boat this week with one of the top predator anglers in this country, Mr ‘Doctor’ James Gardener. John was given a quick run down of how to ‘drop shot’ and he managed ten fish, the best at 7lb while James had fish to 8lb with an overall total of 50 fish to the boat.
Fish week 370(season 26,711) Returns 119(6,301) Rod average3.1 (4.23)
Grafham Water has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a rod average of 3.1.
Bank anglers have had the best of the sport over the past week with the south shore again giving the most consistent catch rates. The best bank areas have been Plummer Bank, Seat, Sludge Bank, South and Bowl of the Dam. However, when the wind has been favourable G Bank, Marlow Bay, Deep Water and Pylon Points have all produced good consistent fishing. The most effective methods for bank anglers have been to fish floating lines with minkies, diawl bachs, ptn’s, GRHE and shrimp patterns.
Boat anglers are having good sport mainly by fishing fast intermediate lines with minkies, tubes, snakes, diawl bachs, crunchers and ptn’s. The best boat areas have been Sludge Bank, Gaynes/Plummer bank, G,A and Q Buoys, Marlow Bay and Pylon Point.
Winter restrictions at Grafham commenced on November 1 along the western end of the reservoir. Details in the tackle shop or from our wardens. The tackle shop is open daily during November 8am to 2pm.