Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A fantastic week’s fishing and spring is certainly in the air. A seven fish average and many anglers caught in double numbers. On Saturday more than 60 fish were caught. Martin Smith had 16, Malcolm Foreman had 12 and Nik Sumarokovs had 15 including 10lb and 5lb rainbows. It was nice to see some old faces at the fishery again too. The last restock on Friday really got things moving and every bank around the lake brought great results. Fish are now taking nymphs, Snakes, Squirmy Worms and Cats but most of all Damsels fished under an indicator or straight on a floating line. Nights are getting lighter so take advantage of the six-hour, three-fish ticket at £18.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fantastic sport over the weekend. Two doubles were caught this week, the first by Matty Divine from Hadston returning a 12lb 8oz rainbow to Ross Lake while a 12lb rainbow was returned to Dunnydeer Lake by Eric Turnbull from Rothbury. His fish fell to a Black Hopper. Fish starting to feed and some lovely brown trout coming to the net. Members of the Mill and Groom Club fished on Sunday and the best bag was won by Eamon Looney with a total bag weight of 11lb 12oz and the best fish award went to Greg Wigham with a fish weighing 4lb 8oz. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday March 18 at 9.30am in the lodge. Fee of £20 includes fishing, tuition and lunch. Instructor Paul Little will be discussing fly-lines on the day. Everyone welcome to come along.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Overall an excellent week with a 5.58 rod average recorded by the 207 anglers who caught 1156 fish of which 978 were returned. Success was very dependent on weather conditions with the best fishing coming on days with a lighter wind. On bright windy days the fishing was tricky in the clear water although plenty of fish were caught later in the day when the wind dropped for the anglers who stayed later. The daily rod average varied between just under 2 to over 7. Nymphs are scoring well now. Two of the three doubles caught last week were taken on small nymphs. Fish are mostly coming at 3-4 foot down although boat anglers continue to take some fish deeper. A few fish are rising in the evening taking medium sized black buzzers. Good numbers of 4lb-plus fish coming out every day. All the fish are in sparkling condition.
Best fish 16lb 9oz for Brian Carter, Peterborough, Red Diawl Bach; 13lb 7oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat; 10lb 8oz Ivor Fisher, Peterborough, Black Buzzer, boat; 8lb 2oz and 6lb for Roly Stanford, Finedon, Cat’s Whisker, boat; 6lb 10oz Ray Ward, Olney, Damsel, boat; 6lb 8oz Derek Benamore, Finedon; 6lb 2oz Jason Cooke, Roade, boat.
Best bank areas are Brookside, dam, Goodfellow Bay. Boats doing well at the dam, West Arm and gravel bar. Best patterns are small Damsel, Bloodworm, Montana, Cat’s Whisker, Tequila Blob, Black Buzzer and Diawl Bach.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 51 rods caught 350 fish for an average of 6.86 fish per rod. Cocks Close and Park Meadow have been in excellent form this week with lots of fish in the 3-4lb range along with a few larger samples. The best fish of the week was an 9lb 8oz rainbow caught by Paul Fleeman of Redditch who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He took it on a White and Green Montana Nymph. Harold Pritchett of Atherstone fished the Park Meadow pool from a boat and caught and returned 15 fish to 9lb which all came to Damsels fished on a floating line. Dave Bratby of Birmingham had an 8lb fish from the bank of Cocks Close which fell to a small Buzzer fished on a floating line. James Gillies of Alcester caught a five-fish limit including a fish of 7lb 8oz and released a further five fish from the bank of Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools and these came to a Black Buzzer on a floating line. John Taylor of Birmingham caught seven fish to 4lb from the bank of Cocks Close and these all came to Cat’s Whiskers fished on an intermediate line. The best areas have been the road bank and the old boat jetty on Cocks Close and the middle water on Park Meadow. Best patterns are Black Buzzer, GRHE, Cat’s Whisker, Diawl Bach, Goldhead Damsel and Bloodworm.
This year marks a milestone for the fishery as it is the 50th anniversary of trout fishing at Cocks Close. To celebrate on Saturday March 18 trout tickets will be £10 for a five-fish ticket with boats available free to the first anglers that book them. This will be limited to 30 anglers so booking is a priority and you can book on 01676 522754 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending March 10 the 86 rods caught 372 trout for a rod average of 4.33. Some nicer weather this week brought a few more anglers out and good sport was had by many. Best advice at the moment is that the bank is offering the best sport as most fish are only a few yards out and certainly not deep down either. Jason James from near Alford sat it out with his favourite dry patterns and managed five fish. The standout method has been the washing-line again, a three-fly cast consisting of Diawl Bach on the top dropper, an Epoxy Buzzer on the middle and small Booby (white and green) on the point taking a good number of fish as it drifts into the shallows. The fish are very close in and anglers are urged to concentrate on the lift at the end of the retrieve when many bonus fish can be caught.
The Toft Newton Cup will take place on Sunday April 9 with a guaranteed first prize of a minimum of £100. Entry is £35 to include a six-fish limit and pools. To enterplease call the fishery office on 01673 878453. The Scierra Pairs heat is on Sunday 30th April 30 with a chance to fish for a big cash prize at Llyn Brenig later in the year. For more details please contact us the fishing lodge.
Toft’s predator season is continuing for the foreseeable future - these can be targeted by either lure or fly, lure fishing from pre-booked boats only.
Westlow Mere, Cheshire
For the week-ending March 11 the 86 anglers caught 224 fish for a rod average of 2.6. Some excellent fishing to be had with the best catches on Black Buzzers and notable rises in the shallows due to the water warming more quickly than the deeps. Deeps also fishing well particularly on a ripple with small Olive Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers being the best lures whilst Red and Black Buzzers are picking up some good fish.