Fishery Report at Saturday 30th May 2020
Well the hot, sunny weather, as expected, has certainly brought catches down a bit. This last six day period has seen 76 rod visits account for 186 trout with the vast majority of fish taken being caught ‘deep down’. A further 415 trout were stocked last Tuesday and based on total stocking of 4115 put in since February 2020 and 1874 caught to date our lake should hold in the region of 2200 Trout which equates to just over 100 fish per acre. This is the top level we want to go into the summer months with particularly bearing in mind the current water temperature of 18 degrees C and with continued warm weather forecast for next few days.
So how do we go about trying to catch these remaining trout. Well I know everybody has their own ideas but based on my own experience; visual observation and feedback from others the answer seems to be to find the deeper water spots and fish deep down almost dragging bottom. For those members not too familiar with our Lake the deep water spots are the first 5 swims up from the club hut; the two swims just to the right of the big willow on the south bank down from the club hut; the outlet on the east bank; the gravels and adjacent swims on the north bank; the top north west corner and the middle of the west bank by the willow tree. The shallower areas of the lake such as the top bay are just not producing at all in this warm weather. As to methods well I know of fish being taken on slow sink and intermediate lines with weighted damsels inched slowly along at depth. Hi-D lines with various coloured boobies although orange seems popular have also produced and the odd fish has been taken by fishing a floating line with long leader and gold head pattern fished very, very slowly at depth. So summing up it seems you have to find yourself a deep spot , fish deep and slow and above all persevere as the fish at present are not going to give themselves up easily. Enjoy the challenge.
Roger – 30.05.20
Fishery Report 13th – 20th May inclusive
Well we most certainly have had the start we all hoped for and probably deserved. During this period 725 prime rainbows averaging well over 2.5 lbs have been taken with a rod average of just on five fish per rod visit. The best has been 5lbs with a good sprinkling of 4 pounders and quite a few 3lb +. Fish have been caught all around the lake with probably the top bay on the south bank; the east bank outlet and in the reeds; the gravels and the top north west corner being the most consistent Many methods and fly / lure patterns have worked with fish being taken on the top on mayflies; a few feet down on buzzers and nymphs; intermediates with lures such as black and green and olive goldheads and the faster sink lines with boobies often fished quite fast. So it was really a case of take your pick, fish the way you like and good sport was enjoyed by most.
To date since the season started on 1st March 3700 fish have now been stocked and 1558 taken. A further stocking is planned for next week, and weather permitting, a further one during w.c 31st May. This very warm weather we are currently having is causing our water temperature to rise (18 degrees C today ) and inevitably this can affect sport as triploid rainbows and warm water temperatures just do not go together. However our lake remains gin clear with, fortunately, no sign of algal blooms so hopefully the good fishing will continue for a while yet, albeit you may find early mornings / late evenings the best times to fish while temperatures remain high.
Next report will be in another week when I really do hope I can report that the the fishing is still good with lot’s of super conditioned rainbows continuing to be caught.
FISHERY REPORT 14th May 2020
Fishery Report at 14th May 2020– Well at long last we are back fishing with our Water opening again yesterday, the 13th May 2020. And what a good opening it was too. Gin clear water, rising fish and about 140 prime rainbows averaging nearly 3lbs taken by the 26 rods that fished. All sorts of methods and flies / lures caught fish with fish near the surface and gorging on large numbers of buzzers. There were no particular hotspots with fish being caught all around our lake. We continued to put some fish in during lockdown and this was obviously reflected in the good catches. We estimated that when we restarted there were about 2400 fish in the lake with further deliveries planned. In addition to the super fishing members were also able to enjoy the martins and swallows flitting over the lake; new born hatches of geese and coot and the old cuckoo sounding off in the distance. This together with the Lake looking absolutely great (thanks Mel, David, Paul and others) resulted in a perfect way to restart our season and be hopefully the fore-runner to a few good weeks of fishing before the summer months and high water temperatures set in.