Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Water temperatures have continued to fall slowly bringing about an improvement in sport. The most significant change is the gradual improvement in bank sport and while boat returns still remain the better of the two bank returns are creeping upwards with some excellent fish recorded during the past week. Several specimen trout of 3lb-plus have been caught from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake and the best fish of the week, a stunning, naturally grown-on brown trout of 5lb 4oz was caught on a Black CDC Hopper from the South Lake Bank on Wednesday 26th by permit holder David Marlow who fished for just an hour and a half in the evening. Other notable returns this week include on the 26th for season permit holder Paul Walker who fished for 2.5 hours in the evening and returned a total of 5 fish from the South Lake banks. On the same day visiting rods Mr Rock and Mr Southall spent a few hours fishing the South Lake from a boat and returned a total of 8 fish between them, a number matched by visiting rods Bill Stubbs and Steve Ratcliffe who also fished from a boat on the same day. On the 27th visiting rod Mick Broadgate returned a total of 6 fish to his boat, caught on a mixture of both dry and wet Daddy Longlegs imitations. The 28th saw permit holder Brian Jones venture out in a boat and, using Baby Doll patterns, recorded a total of 5 very nice fish to his boat with several more being tempted by the pattern and one of “at least 5lb” which broke Brian’s line! On the 29th permit holders Barry Turner and Alan Miles returned 7 fish to their boat. Rounding off the week on the 30th visiting rod Paul Cook recorded a boat total of 8 fish, all safely released. The current rod average is 2.01.
Best areas: drifts out from the Gorse Bushes, drifts in to Watery Lane, the mouth of St. Stephen's, drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only), Old Man's.
Best dries: Red or Black Hopper, Claret & Pearl Hopper, Daddy Longlegs, greased-up Bibio.
Best lures: White Minkie, Sparkle Booby, Orange Blob, Baby Doll.
Best nymphs/wets: Invicta, Bibio, Pearly PTN, Mallard & Claret.
Best fish: 5lb 4oz brown trout caught on a Black CDC Hopper from the South Lake bank by Dave Marlow.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Alex Hayward from Nottinghamshire had a fantastic day on his first visit to Chatton, catching rainbows, tiger trout and a stunning brown trout on a size 14 Griffiths Gnat. Josh Piper from Morpeth returned a 10lb trout. George Taylor from Alnwick returned a double on a GRHE. The cold wind has been putting fish deep where they have been taking lures such as Black Bunny Leeches. Other patterns doing well are Bloodworms, GRHE, PTN and Buzzers. When conditions are right dries have been working well. Closing at 6.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
The big resident fish woke up last week. Ray Ward, from Olney caught the biggest of the season so far at 11lb 2oz, using a Damsel off the boat. Other good fish this week: 8lb 3oz John Oram, Desborough, white/green lure, boat; 7lb 10oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Black Buzzer, boat; 7lb 4oz Ray Ward, Olney, yellow/white lure, boat; 7lb 2oz John Oram, Desborough, white/green lure, boat; 6lb 3oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 12oz Michael Horton, Barnet, white/green lure; 5lb 4oz Gary Martin, Corby, black/green lure, boat; 5lb 4oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Invicta, boat; 5lb 2oz Mr Arnold, Northampton, claret dry, boat; 5lb 2oz Michael Breeson, Peterborough, black lure, boat; 5lb 1oz Graham Wright, Peterborough, Black Hopper; 5lb Pete Johnson, Wigston, Daddy, boat; 5lb Steve Stevens, Peterborough, Blue-flash Damsel; plus plenty of 4lb fish. Fishing has been best when there is plenty of cloud cover with most fish caught in the top 2 foot to many methods including dries, washing-line or pulled lures. In brighter conditions fish have been caught in the 4-6 foot zone.
Water clarity is excellent and now at 12.5C. Everything looks in place for a bumper October.
For the week September 24 – 30 the 177 anglers caught 553 fish of which 381 were returned. All areas holding fish but lodge end most productive. Best patterns are wet or dry Daddy, Hoppers, small Black or Olive Buzzer, Blue-flash Damsel, white/green or black/green lures, Candy FAB/Blob.
Elinor will be holding three weekends when anglers can fish for pike from boats: November 24 & 25; December 8 & 9; December 22 & 23. Fishing is 7.30am until dark with lures or sea deadbaits only. Payment in advance to secure booking: single angler boat £27.50; two anglers boat £45. Bookings/further info by email or telephone 01832 720786.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
On September 26 the fishery was stocked with a further 500 fish some of which were more than 2.5lb. The bank angling continues to improve. On two days there has been a heavy frost, and especially on one day the pontoon was delayed in opening due to the frost and ice both in the boats and on the pontoon and walkway leading to the pontoon. The water temperature is gradually falling and is now holding at 14C. The water level is at last started to rise and Severn Trent water has 3 pumps active at Eggington, where the water is extracted from the Dove and pumped into Foremark. This is confirmed by the Cascade since the amount of water gushing into Foremark is significant. The low water has provided some new areas of beach which affords the bank angler an increased scope of fishing opportunity. The wind direction this week has been variable and although not strong has produced some difficult fishing conditions with some gusts and swirling scenarios.
The best fishing areas in the beginning of the week were the top dam wall and the aerators noting the fish appear to have moved closer to the dam wall. The Cascade, now in full flow, produced some fish, more so towards the end of the week. The top end of Carver’s Arm after the recent stocking has also produced fish for the boat angler. The hotspot for bank fishing was the beach and dam wall in front of the fishing lodge, and Verdun’s Point. The best fly patterns were PTN, Hoppers, Holographic Crunchers, Daddies, small perch lures and black/green lures.
During the week the significant bank angling catches were Mr J. Smith who caught 3 from the bank in front of the Lodge and Mr Thompson who also netted 3 from Verdun’s Point. An excellent bag of 8 fish was caught by Brian McFadden from the beach in front of the Lodge on PTNs and Black Damsels. Kevin Taylor, who was on a tuition day being coached by Kevin Hart, caught a trout for the first time and banked 3. Scotty Wilson fishing from a boat landed 9 fish on floating fry lures and Hoppers. Ricky Cotterill boat fishing landed 12 fish on a floating line using Crunchers mostly in the Cascade.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire