Bellbrook Trout Fishery, Devon
A glorious start to April and the Easter break found the fishery busy and the lakes have fished well. The fish are extremely lively in the clear cold water. Regular visitor Nigel Croft, from Sidmouth, caught three fish for 9lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow from the Specimen lake using a floating line with a 12-foot leader and a small Goldhead Hare’s Ear fished at approximately six foot. Father and son Malcolm and Leon Tye, from Exeter, had a half day on the normals and both caught their limit with Leon just pipping Malcolm with three fish for 8lb 15oz versus 7lb. They used floating lines with Green Montanas. Amber Cherry Eames and her partner Will, from Taunton, had a casting session on the grass before graduating to the lakes where they both were into fish within just a few casts. Unfortunately Amber’s fish got off but Will landed two rainbows for 4lb 8oz using a floating line and a Goldhead Black Spider. Joe Mcloughlin, from Tiverton, and his friend Jack both took the Rover Classic which enables them to fish both the specimen and normal lakes. They managed four fish for 11lb 3oz and mainly caught on a green nymph fished at about four foot. This weekend also saw the second heat of the Bellbrook Cup where anglers compete for a chance of winning the £1000 cash prize. Sixteen anglers took part with the best result of the day going to Robbie Maunder who caught six fish for 18lb. There were then two anglers on five fish, Alan Jukes, of Taunton, with a weight of 13lb 2oz and Rob Sparry, of Bath, with 16lb 6oz. In this competition fish mean points and the best scores after three heats will determine who goes through to the final in November. For more details go to www.bellbrookfishery.co.uk/competition
Bewl Water, Kent
Hot, sunny conditions and very clear water have made the fish go deeper in the water, making the fishing a bit harder but most anglers are still catching. Rod average for this week is 2.9 fish per rod and average weight remains excellent at 2lb 5oz. The trout have now spread out across most of the reservoir. Best areas for boats and bank have been Rosemary Lane, Hook Straight, Dunsters, The Nose and Ferry Point. Successful flies have been Vivas, Montanas, Damsels, Orange Boobies, Cat's Whiskers and Black Buzzers. The BBFFC Annual Bank Competition took place on Saturday April 11. Areas fished were Dunster's Bay to Monty's Seat, Chingley Wood to Rosemary Lane and Bramble Bay to Pine Bay. The 35 anglers caught 66 fish giving a rod average of 1.9. Overall winner was Mick Dale with five trout for 10lb 10oz. A reminder to anglers to put in their returns for the chance to win prizes worth up to £81 every month.
Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
Floating lines with Olive Buzzers and small dries still catching plenty of fish. If you are thinking of taking up the sport or need help with your casting, fishery manager Paul Speed is available for tuition, and there are several rods and reels to suit most budgets. Please contact the lodge on 07525730447 for details.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
All three lakes have been providing great top of the water sport this week, especially in the evenings. CdCs, Klinkhamers, Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ears, Bloodworms, Buzzers and PTNs have been working well. Lots of fish in the 4lb and 6lb bracket being caught and all three lakes are being stocked three times a week. Colin Grey, from Gateshead, caught 18 fish on dries and Buzzers. Jim Heaton, from Lauder, kept four fish and returned 11 on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Martin Watson, from Newcastle, caught 18 fish on Buzzers. Ronnie Glass, from Kelso, kept one fish and returned 16 on a peach lure and a Cormorant. John Goodwin, from Staffordshire, caught 10 fish on Bloodworms. Eric Gassner, from Belford, enjoyed an evening session keeping one fish and returning eight on a Hare’s Ear and Bloodworm. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught 12 fish with Buzzers. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 11 fish on lures and Buzzers. K. Straughan, from Stakeford, kept four fish and returned eight on a CdC. John Goodwin, from Staffordshire, caught 10 fish on Bloodworms.
After tuition from instructor Bob Smith, Chris Dodd from Whickham was delighted with a 4lb rainbow caught on a size 16 Klinkhamer on Dunnydeer Lake. Neil Donaldson, from Throckley, kept five fish for 16lb 8oz and Colin Smith from Heddon on the Wall kept five fish for 12lb 8oz. Both also returned two fish. Carole Manion, from East Sussex, caught two rainbows weighing 8lb on an Olive Damsel. Twins Amy and Edward Purves, aged five, from Alnwick, caught a rainbow on a Black Sedge on Ross Lake.
The Chatton Ladies Angling Club braved the cold windy conditions on Saturday with most of the ladies catching fish. Lesley Johnston, from Chirnside, kept one fish and returned three; Jan Robinson, from Stakeford, kept one fish and returned four; Caroline Brown, from Longhorsley, kept one fish; Dawn Dixon, from Ashington, kept one fish; Marion Matthewman, from Horncliffe, kept one fish and returned one. The Club is meeting again on Saturday May 9 at 9.30am. The fishery is closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.
Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Some excellent sized fish caught over the last week with high rod averages to match which peaked on Bank Holiday Monday when over 70 anglers had a rod average of 5.64. Emily Murphy, from Washington, landed an 8lb 8oz fish while fishing off the dam wall with her family and friends using Pink PowerBait Mice Tails. Lee Abbot, from Easington, also had a great week when he netted a fabulous 8lb fish from the north bank spillway using a home-tied Dawson's Olive variant fished on an intermediate line. Joe Carr, from Consett, tempted a £200 tagged fish with a cocktail of Yellow and Orange PowerBait Eggs just below Murray’s Point. The weekend saw a slow-down in sport as cold winds and sleety conditions made angling un-pleasant. However, Hunter House was still an area that fished well. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz and Orange Fritz. Best areas Pow Hill to Hunter House, north bank next to Tower, and Meadow.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 6-12 the 335 anglers caught 1895 fish of which 1516 were returned. A very busy week with all the boats out on most days and plenty of bank anglers having a go before upcoming competitions. The first five days were very calm and the boats had some stunning catches. Buzzer imitations were easily the best line of attack. Numerous double-figure bags were recorded including plenty of quality rainbows and a few nice overwintered browns. During this period the bank fishing was good but much less productive than afloat. Most fish were taken at range with the very clear water and calm conditions pushing the fish out. Both straight-lined buzzers/nymphs or under an indicator have worked well. All sizes of Buzzers are hatching, some real monsters!
Dries are taking fish late afternoon/evening with Shipman’s and CdC best. At the weekend the temperature dropped and the wind really got up, especially Sunday. The rod average nose-dived as bank anglers found it impossible to present Buzzers properly and boat anglers found it trickier unless fishing in the west arm.
Best rainbows included 10lb for Steve Cracknell, from St Neots, on a black/green lure; 8lb 1oz for Bryan Swain, Brampton, on a Black Buzzer; 8lb 1oz for Paul Dunstan, Towcester, on a Quill Buzzer from a float-tube; 6lb 3oz, 5lb 2oz and 5lb 1oz to Ivor Fisher, Yaxley, on a Black Buzzer to the boat; 5lb 12oz for Vince Sparrow, Aldwincle, also off the boat; 5lb 12oz for Clive Doutre, Letchworth, on a Black Buzzer, to the boat; 5lb 4oz for boat angler David Robus, Wellingborough; 5lb 4oz to Clive Doutre, Letchworth, on a Black Buzzer, off the boat; 5lb 2oz for Ray Ward, Olney, also to a Black Buzzer; 5lb 2oz for Tim Kirk, Luton; 5lb 1oz for boat angler Fen Oakley, Sudborough, on a Black Buzzer; and 5lb 1oz for Andy Hake, Leighton Buzzard, on a black and green lure, from the boat. Best browns were 6lb-plus to Fen Oakley, Sudborough, on a Black buzzer, to the boat; and 4lb-plus for Paul Dunstan, Towcester, on a Buzzer, from a float-tube.
Most bank areas are holding fish but the hotspots are the dam, boat bay and brookside, while boat anglers having good bags all over the lake. Best patterns are Black Buzzer, Olive Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Sunburst Blob, black/green or white/green lures, and Apps’ Bloodworm.
Forty-eight anglers fished the TEFF Nation Final (Individuals) to select six anglers to represent England in the Bank Home internationals in October. The wind was strong and from an unhelpful westerly direction. A big drop in temperature from the preceding few days also lowered catches. Anglers fished eight 40-minute sessions, moving along the whole match length. Best method for the winners was floater or intermediate with Damsel, Apps’ Bloodworm and Sunburst Blob. A few fish were taken on Black Buzzers in the slightly calmer areas. Top six anglers were: Craig Barr eight fish from six pegs = 14 points; Dean Appleby 8 from 4 = 12; Phil Dixon 6 from 3 = 9; Simon Robinson 5 from 3 = 8; James Stephenson 5 from 3 = 8; Conor Metcalf 4 from 2 = 6.
Sixteen teams of three fished the Greys team final. The wind was much stronger but from a better southwest direction for the morning at least. Top three were 1. Loomis (Andrew Scott, Phil Dixon, Simon Robinson); 2. Triple A (Peter, Glenn and Dean Appleby); 3. Elinor (Paul Haskey, Richard Slater, Ed Foster).
Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
The fishery is currently on top form. Eyebrook season ticket holder Clive Moore, of Cottingham, boat-fished the willows area using the washing-line method and caught 20 well-conditioned rainbows, mainly on Black Buzzers. Kilmarnock fisherman Sandy Coutts spent two days catching many quality rainbows on Buzzers. Peterborough Fly Fishers David Dearman and Albert Clarke enjoyed their day afloat, catching 16 hard-fighting rainbows between them. Tim Moss, of Oadby, fished from a boat at Pollards Jump using an intermediate line and Damsel Nymph and caught 25 rainbows. Chris Green, of Leasingham, boated 16 rainbows. Season ticket holder Bill Stewart, of Corby, caught plenty of hard-fighting rainbows on his own mini Cat’s Whisker on a floating line. Alan Brooking and Mal Wright, of Leicester, anchored at Pollards Jump and a combination of Black Buzzers and Black and Green Tadpoles to take 16 rainbows. Pip Duncombe, of Uppingham, bank-fished the dam wall and caught an overwintered rainbow of 4lb 6oz. Pip took this and another 3lb 6oz specimen on dry flies. Ian Jobe, of Asfordby, took to the water in his float tube and caught 18 rainbows, the favourite fly being a Black Buzzers.
Register your details at the fishing lodge or at the on-line booking facility, send in your name and contact details including your email address and you will be entered into a weekly prize draw for a day motorboat at Eyebrook. Normal day permits will still apply. This week’s lucky winner is Nathan Howell.
A number of tagged fish have also been introduced. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' competition and the chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 register your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge. Entry fee is £5 and the competition runs until the end of fishing 2015.
Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
The mini heat wave gave way to wintry showers over the weekend. The sunny days stimulated a rise in water temperatures which encouraged fish from the deep areas into the margins at last! Les Little, from Burnopfield, landed the heaviest fish of the season so far, a fin-perfect 9lb specimen rainbow caught on legered Yellow PowerBait in the south shore bay. It was a day of sunshine and smiles for Keith Webb, from Cramlington, on Friday as his 17lb 8oz catch of eight rainbows included a tagged fish caught on Orange PowerBait from the north shore which earned him a £200 cash prize. Other notable catches this week include Mr S. Eke with six rainbows and two blues totalling 18lb 12oz; Mr J. Robinson’s eight rainbows totalling 18lb; Dave Kirkwood also with a limit catch of rainbows weighing 17lb 8oz and Mr A. Potts with a 4lb rainbow caught on Purple Nymph PowerBait from the south shore. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker and Orange Blobs. Best areas north and south shore bays.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham Water has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with an excellent rod average of 4.48 with 23% of all the trout taken weighing 3lb or over. Bank anglers had a cracking week’s sport from most areas with the north shore giving the most consistent catch rates. The best areas for bank anglers have been The Willows, Marlow Stones, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, Hill Farm, north and south dam, Gaynes Cove and the Seat. Best tactics have been floating lines with black and green lures and Boobies, Tequila Blobs, Damsel Nymphs and Black or Green Buzzers. Boat anglers also had a great week’s sport with the north shore again giving the most consistent catch rates. The main areas have been north dam, Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, Pig Bay, Hill Farm and the Stumps. The best methods have been to fish medium, fast sink lines with black and green lures and Boobies, Diawl Bachs, GRHE, Orange or Tequila Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers fished slowly along the bottom. However, when there has been some cloud cover the boat anglers have been catching on floating lines with Black or Green Buzzers.
Five boat pairs fished the first rudder match of the season, catching 78 trout for a tremendous rod average of 7.8. The most prolific method of the day was to fish Di-5 lines with gold and silver tubes from The Stumps to Hedge End. Winners were Jim Watts and Martin Hearth, 16 fish for 44lb 8oz; second Dave Porter and Steve Crowder, 16 fish for 43lb 2oz; third Jeff Wanless and Tony Day, 14 fish for 42lb 5oz; fourth Pat Sweeney and Simon King, 16 fish for 40lb 2oz; fifth Jeff Bedford and Matt Bedford, 16 fish for 37lb 6oz. The heaviest individual bag of the day was caught by Martin Hearth who took eight trout for 24lb 15oz, with his best fish weighing 4lb 8oz. The heaviest trout of the day was an overwintered rainbow of 5lb caught by Steve Crowder.
Brown trout are back in season (one brown per bag). Please be aware of the bio security measures on the reservoir.
Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
The excellent fishing at Grassholme carried on from Easter weekend with good angler numbers enjoying a welcome change in the weather. Steven Mcalhone caught the biggest fish of the week with a cracking 9lb rainbow taken while legering with Orange PowerBait Eggs. A newcomer to the sport, eight-year-old Amy Errington, from Newton Aycliffe, landed a beautiful 7lb rainbow caught using Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs which helped make up her father’s eight fish limit. Les Warnett, of Spennymoor, had an impressive eight fish limit of 28lb including fish of 7lb 7oz and 4lb 7oz. The weather changed considerably into the weekend with water temperatures dropping sharply and heavy snow fall. Anglers struggled in these conditions with fish dropping deep. With a rod average of just over four fish and with many fish over the 3lb mark, Grassholme continues to offer up a fantastic fishing experience. Best flies are Black or Orange Fritz. Best areas dam wall and Witch’s Hat.
Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Sport has been dictated by a prolific buzzer hatch during the last few days. This is a great early season sign as temperatures start to climb and fly life begins to play a major part in the trout’s diet. Fly anglers are now using floating line tactics, especially around the inlet and dam wall with a Diawl Bach, Pheasant Tails Nymph or olives producing best results. Vince Bushby netted the best rainbow of the week at 7lb while fishing loch-style during a Hanningfield Fly Fishing Association match on Sunday. Colin Neal also netted a fine overwintered 5lb fish from the small Tower using sinking lines on the drift. Bank fishing with PowerBait continues to show high catch returns with the Peninsula, inlet wall and Middlemead consistently remaining favourite swims week after week. The warmer weather expected mid week should help to move fish higher in the water, which is now crystal clear!
Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
The start of the week saw rod averages rocket with some brilliant limit catches. Anglers found success with a variety of fly selections including Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Black Buzzers and Black Hoppers. Kevin Ward took the largest fish of the week with a cracking 5lb rainbow. Derek Carr and Malcolm Gowland continued with their limit catch successes of recent weeks as they both landed good fish between the 2lb-4lb mark through the week. The temperature dropped considerably into the weekend driving fish deep and making for very difficult fishing conditions. The forecast for the week ahead looks promising so we hope to see the fly life return and the outstanding fishing seen so far to continue.
Kielder Water, Northumberland
Bank anglers are still having the best sport from Hawkhope car park to the Belling Inlet. Bubble floats fished three to four feet deep with either PowerBait or worm is most productive. The next best method has been with a running leger and floating PowerBait, just fished off the bottom. James Hawkins, from Amble, had great success travelling light with a small fluorescent Mepps spinner fished over the rocks, west of Hawkhope Car Park. He landed five fish for 14lb 12oz, the largest being 4lb 2oz. Boat anglers have continued to find fish a little deeper in the Belling Inlet and drifting from the Quarry to the mouth of the Belling. Intermediates and sinking lines have had the best success. Teams of lures retrieved at a regular speed or weighted nymph patterns fished deep with a figure-of eight-retrieve have had the most productive results. The mid April hatch of buzzers has yet to arrive due to cooler temperatures. Best flies are Coral Boobies, Pearl Blob, Diawl Bach, Gold Fry and Olive Nymph.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 128 rods caught 587 fish for an average of 4.58. It has been a cracking week on the fishery with plenty of rods catching lots of fish including a few specials. The biggest fish of the week was a 15lb rainbow caught by Malc Randle, of Bedworth, who was fishing on the Great Pool with a size 12 Buzzer fished on a floating line. This was the best of a seven fish catch. Mick Hanson, of Nuneaton, caught a 14lb 8oz rainbow from a boat on Park Meadow and this also fell to a Black Buzzer on a floating line. On the day ticket water Cocks Close, Mr J. Wadrup caught eight fish to 8lb using lures and nymphs on a floating line. Steve Gowan, of Knowle, had a great day on the bank of Cocks Close taking five fish to 4lb and then caught and released a further six fish using Buzzers fished on a floating line. Harold Pritchett, of Atherstone, fished on catch and release from a boat on Cocks Close and caught 15 fish to 8lb using a Black Buzzer on a floating line. There have been tremendous rises on all of the pools with big hatches of buzzers. The fishing has been good but not too easy with small imitative patterns best. Black, Olive or Red Buzzer, CdC Emergers, Pheasant Tails, small Damsels and Bloodworms have been the best flies this week.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has seen some huge buzzer hatches this week and buzzer tactics are accounting for some excellent bags of fish. Whether fishing with Buzzers under an indicator or straight-line nymphing, Black Buzzers are taking fish about six feet down. When conditions have got tough sinking lines have still worked with Orange or Cat Boobies working. The rod average for the week has been a healthy 3.9 with a season average of 4.2. Fishery ranger Mitch Brown caught and released more than 30 fish on buzzer tactics from Stilton Point. Season ticket holder Richard Williams again had a boatful on Sunday morning. Best rainbow of the week was 4lb 10oz taken by A. Simpson of Milton Keynes. Best brown 5lb taken by Gavin Frield, of Hannington. On Sunday Grafham Water Fly Fishers held a bank match and despite awful conditions with gusting strong winds anglers caught on various methods. Kieran Bonas was top rod with eight fish caught on a Di-7 and Cat Booby. Graham Bodsworth came second with six fish taken on a floating line and Buzzers. Mark Searle took third place with three fish. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.
Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stonebarn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point Gorse and Cliffs.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Phil Dixon fished the trout lake last week, whilst doing a piece for 'Tight Lines' on Sky TV. The program was aired last Friday, which can be seen on 'catch up' on your Sky channel. He caught four fish despite the awful weather. Anglers are catching fish on Buzzers and dries at present. Black and green lures are also working. Dry fly fishing is best when overcast.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Anglers have enjoyed another fantastic week with a rod average of 9.3. Alan Duffin fished a size 12 Buzzer from the dam and tempted a 14lb 15oz rainbow, the best of the season to date. The fish was weighed by ranger Simon Farmer and returned safely. Alan had nine rainbows in total on Tuesday including one of 5lb 2oz, then returned on Thursday to land 12 fish to 9lb 8oz, all on the Buzzer. John Juckes enjoyed a memorable day on Wednesday, taking 10 fish to 10lb 5oz. Big fish angler Kevin Daykin managed another whopper on Saturday, catching and releasing an 8lb 14oz rainbow from the bank. The buzzer fishing has been phenomenal with the most successful anglers using a team of three Black or Olive Buzzers on a 15-foot leader and a floating or sink-tip line. Another method that scored well for some was a Blob set-up on a Di-3 line. Pat Flynn used this technique very effectively netting more than 50 fish. Please remember to book a boat before you travel to avoid disappointment.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Anglers recorded a fantastic rod average of 5.8 this week. The fishery is in excellent form with anglers taking full advantage of the early season buzzer hatches. Best brown of the week fell to Simon Ashton who weighed in a 6lb 6oz specimen from the south Arm. This was followed by long time season ticket holder Mike Barrat who netted a 5lb 11oz fish from the north arm. The best rainbow of the week at 3lb 11oz fell to D. Smith, from Glinton. Local youngsters Liam and Callum Naylor, of Uppingham, managed seven fish between them, including two over 3lb and the other five over 2lb. Most of the week saw warm, settled conditions with light winds. If the winds hadn’t veered to a strong west/south westerly at the weekend (curtailing all boat action mid afternoon on Sunday), then the rod average could have been even better than 5.8.
During the main part of the week anglers caught from many areas from the bottom of both arms and the main basin for boat anglers whilst the bank anglers had great sport on the dam, Old Hall, Sykes Lane and Normanton. Many anglers fished floating lines, either ‘straight-lining’ or under the bung. Lures also worked, mainly small Boobies, Cormorants, Blobs etc.
The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on May 12 and will run all the way through to mid August. The Bob Church Classic takes place on Wednesday May 6 with around 60 boats and 120 anglers out on the water. There will be a practice day on May 5.
Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Another outstanding week was highlighted when the rod average peaked at 6.3 on Wednesday. The warm weather had the trout feeding well in all areas, especially the shallows in the east end bay. Tony Ward, from Guisborough, fished the shallows of the east end bay and south shore, catching 18 and returning 10 fish, all caught on Black Buzzer and a Black and Peacock Spider. George Sedgwick and son Paul both took their eight fish limits on a Dawson’s Olive from the east end of the dam wall with Paul landing a lovely 4lb rainbow. Forty-five bait anglers went home this week with their full catch limits demonstrating the consistency of sport currently on offer in most areas. It took Bill Wood from Eaglescliffe and Mally Gill from Middlesbrough only a couple of hours on Friday to get their limits on the east end of the dam wall using a legered worm and PowerBait cocktail. Jake McConnell, aged nine, from Liverton Mines, had a fantastic day with his grandad going home with his limit including a nice 3lb 8oz rainbow all caught on Rainbow PowerBait. Richard Wishart, from Middlesbrough, enjoyed his first outing this season with six fish from the disabled jetty including a lovely overwintered 4lb 8oz brown trout caught on legered worm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Black Buzzers.
Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
March and now into April sport has been very productive at the fishery. Warm days have seen prolific hatches of buzzers with plenty of good trout surface feeding. In these conditions floating lines fished with Buzzers, nymphs and dries have taken some good bags. In poorer conditions intermediate and sinking lines fished with nymphs, mini lures and Boobies have caught some good trout. Graham Angel, of Bodmin, landed a good 12 fish bag for 26lb 4oz fishing Buzzers. Graham's largest rainbow tipped the scales at 5lb 4oz. Sean Finnegan, of St Mawes, landed a good 5lb 11oz rainbow fishing a Black Buzzer. Sean also landed two other rainbows to give him a 10lb 9oz bag.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one fish are being caught on everything from Buzzers and bungs, intermediate lines and Snake patterns to small skinny nymphs. Lake one has been restocked with fresh fish and a new cheaper tariff and options. Tickets start at £15 for a short session, £25 for three fish and £30 for five fish (this option can be a shared ticket for parents and youngsters). The focus on this lake is easier fishing for beginners and youngsters so the catch and release ticket is no longer available on here. Lake two tactics are Buzzers and tiny dries with a good rod average of six per angler and two or three browns landed a day. Also restocked along with the pools with fish in the 3lb 9oz to 5lb range plus a few bigger ones! Catch your own fresh trout in a netted area available for kids. Poles and bungs provided.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending April 10, the 164 rods caught 553 trout for a rod average of 3.4. A reasonable week with decent catches recorded even during some testing fishing conditions. Lots of fish are cruising the margins and feeding on small nymphs and terrestrials. Anglers need to fine down and take a stealthy approach to catch these more educated fish. Best methods this week were small nymphs on floating lines. Several double-figure bags reported and notable catches include a brown of approximately 7lb for regular DCAC rod Trev Ward. Market Rasen novice Rory Pike, had a quick nymph-fishing lesson from Andy and promptly caught five nice rainbows. During brighter weather one or two anglers fishing from the boats enjoyed some sport with fish showing further out. As the wind picked up however they seemed to move back closer in to the banks. With big buzzer hatches now also underway it really is a good time to be here and enjoy some decent sport.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Gloriously warm and sunny conditions, a nice long Easter weekend and fish rising everywhere, what more could you ask! The 125 anglers enjoyed some great sport. A. Hodgson and G. Oliver both finished with 10 fish each. A. Hooper caught nine fish while A. Macphail, P. Greaves and C. Mappas all had seven each. A beautiful 8lb 8oz rainbow was caught by A. Walker, closely followed by seven-year-old M. Walker with an equally impressive eight-pounder. The rise in temperatures saw a huge rise in hatches across all the lakes, making Buzzers the best performing flies of the week, especially Wicked White Buzzers, Black Buzzers, and Shipman’s while Cat’s Whiskers also proved successful. The Northumberland Police Angling Club fished Witton as part of their tour around the north’s trout fisheries and really enjoyed their fishing.