Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A busy week with some great catches. George Burton from Ashington returned a 12lb rainbow to Ross Lake. Sonia Dobson from Prudhoe had a double hook-up on Chatton Lake. Rob Frame and Stew Younger set themselves a quadruple challenge by catching a tiger, blue, rainbow and brown trout on Sunday and they both succeeded. Buzzers and dries were working well for them even when the cold wind put the fish down. Rob from West Denton returned 18 fish and Stew from Blyth returned 10 fish including a 6lb blue. John Thompson from Belford caught a 6lb 10oz rainbow from Ross Lake on a Diawl Bach. Kevin Stewart from Amble tempted a 9lb 4oz rainbow from Ross Lake on a Black Fritz. Dougie McMurdo from Ashington caught a lovely 10lb 8oz rainbow. Harrison Dodds, aged 13, was delighted with his catches caught on an Olive Buzzer. Malcolm McKenzie from Cramlington caught 14 fish on Black and Red Buzzers. David Parker from Wallsend enjoyed two visits to the fishery this week, the first catching 18 fish on Zonkers and Damsels and his second visit catching 15 fish on Buzzers. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington caught 11 fish on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. Malcolm Robinson caught 12 fish. Rob Hall from Morpeth caught 13 fish using a Cat’s Whisker. Rob returned a 7lb blue trout. Jim Heaton from Morpeth kept four fish and returned 16 using a Black Fritz and a Cat’s Whisker. Fishery closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 10 - 16 the 182 anglers caught 970 fish of which 745 were returned. Fish are feeding heavily on olive buzzers, especially during the morning and late evening. In good fishing conditions there are many more fish feeding on the surface with washing-line and dries catching well along with straight-lined Buzzers. Alder fly are present in good numbers. Usually the Elinor trout ignore them. This season the fish are taking them, particularly browns. A Hare’s Ear CdC has worked well.
Fish that are being caught deeper have been feeding on immature damsels as well as buzzer pupae.
Best fish 12lb 8oz to Gary Martin, from Corby, on a Red Apps’ from the boat; 7lb 6oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, Black Buzzer; 6lb 8oz John Lashbrooke, Corby, Green Tadpole; 6lb 6oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Hare’s Ear, boat; 6lb 6oz Mark Waring, Alconbury Weston; 6lb 5oz Ray Ward, Olney, Damsel, boat; 6lb 2oz Mark Waring, Alconbury Weston; 5lb 9oz, boat; 5lb 8oz Steve Blackburn, Kings Lynn, Olive CdC, boat; 5lb 6oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, Yellow Marauder, boat; 5lb 3oz Bob Beardsley, Kettering, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, green/white lure, boat. Best bank areas are the dam, brookside, gravel bar, and boat bay. Best boat areas are gravel bar, west arm, and down middle. Best patterns Olive or Black Buzzer, Red or Green Cruncher, GRHE, Olive or Hare’s Ear CdC, small Damsel, Pink Apps’, white/green lures, Tequila FAB/Blob.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 68 rods caught 277 fish for an average of 4.07 fish per rod. The cooler brighter weather saw a slight downturn in sport but with plenty of fish rising, anglers always felt they had a chance of a few fish. Small imitative patterns such as Hoppers, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Diawl Bach, Olive or Black Buzzer and Bloodworm have been the best patterns. The best fish of the week was a 6lb rainbow caught by C. Massey of Birmingham who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and he had a total of 11 fish which all came to Buzzers on a floating line. Alex Kerr of Nuneaton had a five-fish limit including a 5lb 12oz rainbow while fishing from the bank of Cocks Close and again Buzzer was the successful fly. Bill Webster and Kevin Brookes shared a boat on Cocks Close and caught a total of 18 fish between them to 5lb and these all came to Damsels fished on an intermediate line. Ade Cooper of Maxstoke fished from the bank on Cocks Close and caught six fish on small CdC dries with his best just over 4lb. The best areas have been the road bank, old boat jetty corner and the high bank on Cocks Close. It has been quiet on Park Meadow but those who have fished there have caught along the dam wall. The fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The lake is fishing really well with rod averages up around eight fish per angler. The best flies are Buzzers or nymphs and dries later on (Shipman's Buzzer or Klinkhamer best). Dries as mentioned work around 11am onwards and provided it’s not too sunny fish will rise all day. Boats are working really well with a lot of fish being caught in the middle of the lake.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one saw amazing fishing to most methods including Buzzers under a bung at catch/keep end. Tadpole, Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers providing good sport. Also some dry fly sport. This lake was restocked this week ready for half term and the Troutmasters fish-off with hundreds of fresh rainbows for that end. The catch and release brown trout end was stocked with over 100 blue trout, also for catch and release. Lake two now stocked with additional tiger trout up to 3lb 8oz, all catch and release. Best rainbow was 11lb 8oz and best brown at 7lb with numerous of both showing in the 5-6lb range. It’s all about buzzers on here and surface fishing with Shipman’s Buzzer, CdCs and emergers. Water clarity and fish fight hard to beat! Lake three saw a few 10lb-plus fish caught, mainly on fry patterns and Damsels deeper down. Thornwood’s new fish cleaning station and outside cooking area nearly ready.