Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fantastic week’s fishing despite the heavy breeze on most days. Every angler caught at least one fish and many were into double-figures. Martin Smith caught 18 fish followed by 14 the next day. Dries, Squirmy Worms, Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers and Orange Blobs all having success. Fish are about two foot down and on Saturday, they were really active all over the lake. Next restock on Friday March 10 but in the meantime, conditions are perfect and the lake is very well stocked with over 1100 fish.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A busy week with some great catches and many fish in the 5lb to 9lb bracket along with three doubles. Kevin Burton from Wallsend caught nine fish returning two doubles and Tom Brown from Ellington returned a 12lb rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake. Fish are falling to mainly lures (black and green or yellow and white), Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails, Buzzers and Bloodworms. Eric Wrightson caught a 6lb10oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Black Montana. Fishery closing at 5.30pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Another windy week but a good 4.7 rod average recorded by the 121 anglers who caught 573 fish of which 425 were returned. On most days the afternoon fished much better than mornings, especially for bank anglers. Boat anglers have had unusually good sport for early March using nymphs fished deep and slow. Water clarity remains excellent so bright, windy conditions have kept the fish further from the bank. Fish are well spread with only the coarse bank and east arm not holding good numbers of fish. Best rainbows were 7lb for Roger Goodliffe, from Spalding, on a white/green lure and 6lb 4oz to Dave Sparrow, from Aldwincle, on a White Minkie off the boat. Best browns 8lb 5oz for Zydennas Vaicius, from Peterborough; 8lb 4oz to Mr Wadsworth, from Daventry, On a Cat’s Whisker from the boat; and 7lb 3oz to Mr Marshall, from Rushden, on a Pitsford Pea from the boat. Best bank areas are the dam, Boat Bay, Brookside, shallow bay, and lagoon. Boats doing well at the dam end, gravel bar and west arm. Best patterns are small black/green or white/green lures, Damsel, Orange or Sunburst Blob, Candy FAB, Black Buzzer, Black Diawl Bach, Bloodworm and GRHE.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 29 rods caught 175 fish for an average of 6.03 fish per rod. The wet and windy weather through most of the week put paid to a big turnout of rods but those that came enjoyed really good sport. The best fish of the week was an 11lb rainbow caught by J. McQeen of Coventry who fished a lure. He caught five other fish that were safely returned. Jonathan Preston of Solihull caught an 8lb rainbow from the bank of Cocks Close and this came to a Damsel Nymph on a floating line. Steve Gowan of Knowle caught six fish to 6lb 12oz on a small Bloodworm pattern fished on a floating line and an indicator whilst fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. Fishery stalwart Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught 15 fish to 5lb while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and these all fell to his trusty Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Top flies have been Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Black Tadpole, Diawl Bach, Goldhead Damsel, Bloodworm and GRHE. The wind made it awkward at times but the old boat jetty corner and the road bank of Cocks Close have been the best areas. The fishery will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of trout fishing on Cocks Close this March and will be holding a special day on Saturday March 18 with ticket prices reduced on the day. If you want to be included contact Penny at the lodge via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you all the details.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week ending March 3 the 43 rods caught 127 trout for a rod average of 2.95. A modest rod average this week, that would have been higher if not for a few missing catch returns. Please make sure you spend a minute to fill them in when you've finished fishing, it helps to restock correctly and ensure great sport for all. The washing-line appears to have been the standout method this week, a small Booby on the point with Diawl Bachs on the droppers taking a good percentage of the fish. As always keep moving if you aren't catching, sometimes just moving 15 yards can put you back on the fish.
The Toft Newton Cup will take place on Sunday April 9 with a guaranteed first prize of a minimum of £100 (the more people that attend the greater the cash prizes). Entry is £35 to include a six-fish limit and pools. This will be a pegged match with anglers changing pegs at intervals throughout the day. Draw at 9am, fish 10am to 4.30pm, kill any six fish with a maximum of three to be killed off any one peg. Released fish will not count towards your bag so it's up to you to make the choice of which six you kill. If you'd like to commit early and prebook and pay for your entry (free tagged fish entry for all prebookers) then please call the fishery office on 01673 878453.
The Scierra Pairs boat fishing heat is on Sunday April 30 with a chance to fish for a big cash prize at Llyn Brenig later in the year. For more details please contact the fishing lodge.
Toft’s predators have proved a nice attraction this week and Dave Parker managed a fine 21lb 3oz fish on a Savage Gear lure.