Fishery Report 17th to 22nd February inclusive

Well at long last we are open with fairly clear water and most banks and platforms now fishable.  Also all banks are now open. But please be aware and do take care as it is still very boggy in places and authorised cars must not go past the gravels on the north bank. Drivers please also do take care when turning round.

Now on to the fishing. Two stockings totaling 730 trout have already taken place and further stockings are planned for this Wednesday and next Tuesday. To date 144 trout have been caught for 73 member visits giving a rod average of just on 2 fish per visit and what cracking fish they are with nearly all fish being 2 lb + with a good sprinkling of 3 pounders and some more than that.! Best I am aware of is 5lbs and one member had an 8 fish bag totaling 24lbs giving a 3lb average. As is typical however early season the fish are well shoaled up and you most certainly had to be on the ‘hot spots’ to be successful with lots of areas appearing to be devoid of fish. The favourite areas have been the top bay on the south bank, the first 3 platforms below the Club Pavilion  and the last few platforms at the bottom of the south bank. Little is known yet of the north bank as very strong southerly winds over the last few days have kept anglers away from this area. As to successful methods these have been many and varied. I know of fish being caught on boobies and blobs on Hi D Lines. Intermediates and white snakes have caught as have floating lines; long leaders and gold head patterns. I expect medium sink lines with a range of lures such as black and green; white and green; olive and orange would also produce fish as long as you find where they are and fish differing depths until you have hit on ‘the taking area’.  Members fishing nymph patterns, as far as I am aware from feedback, have not been too successful so lures in their many forms would seem to be the best bet.  With no fish really rising yet please do be prepared to move around the lake until you find the areas where fish are being caught. It is unlikely with low water temperatures that the fish will move about much and ‘come to you’.

Anyway enjoy your fishing and please do comply with the Club’s Covid conditions as outlined in David Shannon’s last Newsletter. Do stay Safe.