Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week’s fishing and fish have been very active on the surface. Best times are morning and late afternoon. There was a wonderful Troutmasters fish-off, Gordon MacVinish won with most fish catching 5 rainbows, Martin Smith came in second with 4. Also, best fish this week went to Tom Wallis who had a 4lb 8oz rainbow and a brown among the 9 he caught on Saturday afternoon. Martin also had a brown on Friday. Best methods are black and green lures, Daiwl Bachs, Black Cruncher and Black Buzzers. Next restock early May as supplier is low on inventory. The lake has a lot of fish anyway and this is very evident by the activity in the water.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The week started well with ideal conditions, buzzers hatching and fish rising to sip at the surface, all of which provided good sport for the bank rods. By Tuesday, however, the contrast was stark with heavy rain, cold easterly winds and rising water levels which soon curtailed the action.
As the week progressed the sport improved dramatically from the banks and, latterly, the boats. Great returns this week include on Monday 9th for permit holder Graham Wood with 7 fish, all released. On Thursday 12th season permit holder Alan Miles recorded 9 fish, all caught from the banks of the South Lake on either black nymph or green and white lure patterns. Saturday 14th was the best day of the week, with calm, settled, warmer conditions which produced some impressive returns – permit holder Ian Colclough recorded 17 fish from the banks of the South Lake. 11 were caught on Montana patterns, 3 on a Red Buzzer and 3 on Orange Blobs. All but one fish were safely released. Also enjoying the upturn in activity was visiting rod Colin Beresford with a total return of 14 fish, the best being a stunning 4lb rainbow trout, all caught from the South Lake banks on small white lures or brown and orange Buzzers. Meanwhile visiting rods Ben Watson and Andrew Barker paired up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish between them, proving that not all the sport is from the banks. Further good returns during the day came for permit holder Barry Turner with 9 fish from the banks and season permit holder Phil Sadler, also with a total of 9 fish amongst which was another of the wonderfully-marked tiger trout of around 2lb 4oz. On Sunday 15th Blithfield hosted a meeting of the North West Fly Fishers who enjoyed some great action from banks and boats. Weather conditions were unpleasant at times with gusty breezes and rain showers in the afternoon but 1st place was awarded to Tony Slater with a total of 10lb 2.5oz, 2nd place to Garry Scholes with 10lb 1.5oz and 3rd place to Steve Ratcliffe with 10lb 0.5oz. Biggest fish award went to Ian Cooper for a 3lb 10oz overwintered rainbow. The rod average for the contest based on the returns received was 4.82.
Earlier this week, 8-year-old Sam Willis came to enjoy some boat angling with his father and caught a lovely 2lb rainbow from their boat on a green & black lure.
Continually rising air pressure and temperatures for the coming week bring with them the promise of excellent prospects and, at last, a hint of Spring! The current rod average is 3.72.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has really improved this week with lots of great catches and quality fish. Rob Frame from West Denton caught a stunning 12lb brown trout, and on Sunday caught a ‘quadruple’: brown, blues, tigers and rainbows. He ended up with 18 fish, many in the 3lb to 6lb bracket. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 17 fish on Buzzers. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington returned 11 fish, including a 10lb 12oz rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake. Ken Glenton from Ashington returned 17 fish including two tiger trout using Buzzers. Steve McMorn from Berwick returned 10 fish caught on Buzzers. David Robinson from Netherton caught 7 fish on a Goldhead Damsel. David Astbury from Embleton kept 3 fish for 9lb 12ox and returned a 4lb brown trout on Bloodworms. Brian Filer from Belford caught 7 fish in a 2-hour session using a Viva. Andy Spencer kept 2 fish for 8lb and returned a further 8 using a Green Wotsit. Brian Wood from Spennymoor kept 5 fish weighting 14lb 8oz and returned 2, also using a Green Wotsit. D. Hendry from Jedburgh returned 6 fish using a Black Pennell, also returning a 15lb rainbow. S. Ritson from Ryton retuned a 13lb rainbow caught on a Buzzer. D. Hallliday from Swalwell returned 8 fish using a Hare’s Ear. Brian Lillie from Gosforth returned 10 fish using Blobs. The fishery will be closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Water clarity continues to improve with the rod average hitting 6 last week. There have been some large buzzer hatches with fish feeding on them at all depths but mostly being caught in the 18 inch to 3 foot range. A few fish are rising on calmer days. This week’s warmer forecast should see the boats taking fish in open water. Matt Tuck went afloat on Sunday in the West Arm and managed 15 fish, all on Black Buzzers with orange cheeks. Four of his fish were over 4lb. Bank angers have been catching from all areas of the lake. An osprey made three appearances last week and easily managed his daily one fish limit.
For the week April 9 – 15 the 123 anglers caught 749 fish of which 593 were returned. Best fish 7lb 12oz to Pete Welch, Boston, black/green Tadpole; 6lb 8oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, Black Buzzer; 6lb 2oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, Bloodworm; 5lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, Olive Buzzer; 5lb 1oz Walter Kemp, Chatteris, black/green lure. Best bank areas are shallow bay, gravel bar, lagoon, Goodfellow bay, Brookside point. Boats - west arm, gravel bar. Best patterns Black Buzzer, Black Cruncher, Red or Green Diawl Bach, Red Apps’, black/green or white/green lures, Orange Blob.
Patshull Park Fishery, Shropshire
The fishery will be open later in the evenings for 3 days a week for a trial period through May and June. Currently closing at 5pm, fishing hours will be extended to 8pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Competitive evening rates start from £10 with catch and release or catch and kill options. For more details contact fishery manager Richard Stanford on 01902 700774.
Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
At last, spring is here! Warmer weather conditions are producing some good hatches of insects at the fishery with plenty of trout surface feeding. Many good bags of trout have been caught on a variety of flies and techniques. Dave Richardson, of North Hill, and Christine Harris, of Penryn, both caught 3lb 8oz rainbows which are the largest trout so far this month. Dave's total bag weight for 4 fish was 10lb 4oz and was taken on a Cat's Whisker. Christine weighed in 6 rainbows for 15lb 4oz which were taken on a Damsel Nymph. Chris Short, of Ilminster, landed 5 rainbows for 11lb 10oz fishing nymphs. Dave Johns, of St. Austell, landed 5 fish for 11lb 6oz fishing an Orange Cat. Dave's largest trout tipped the scales at 3lb 1oz.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There have been some spectacular rises this week with huge hatches coming off the water and the lakes boiling with fish. Anglers have posted some great catches with lots of larger trout, more browns and blues being brought to the net. Small dries, Buzzers and Damsels have been successful but fish are still being tempted by other methods too. With the temperatures due to continue to rise this coming week we look forward to some more lively action. Two personal bests were achieved by Ray Wood and Paul Embleton who both netted 15lb browns, one from Coe Crag and the other from Long Crag. Best flies are Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, various dries, Damsels, Bloodworm, PTNs, and Montanas.
We had another successful Junior Day with coach Steve McCann giving the youngsters some inspirational tuition. We also welcomed the veterans from the Fishing for Heroes charity at the weekend and they had a great day with all catching some good fish. Thanks again to instructors Andy Richmond and Lucy Bowden for guidance.
Good catches this week went to: John Woodford from Alnmouth returned 12 on small PTNs from Coe Crag. Dave Millican from Blyth enjoyed his day on Bloodworm, Montanas and Buzzers releasing 12 from Long Crag. Brothers Mitch and Cory Dow visited twice this week landing 27 and 12 on small Black Midge. Les and Anthony Dinsmore both landed 10lb rainbows on dries and Cat’s Whiskers. Alan Scott from Widdrington ‘had his best day ever - all on top’ netting 12 on Buzzers and F-Flies including 2 browns. John Metcalf from Newbiggin returned 11 from Long Crag on Buzzers. Alec Harvey and John Cowell released 29 between them on Buzzers and dries. Dan Hardy from Pegswood had ‘a cracking day’ on Diawl Bachs, landing 12 fish. A. Cook from Consett released 10 from Coe Crag on Buzzers. Matty Devine landed 20 fish to 12lb on lures, nymphs and a Devine Dancer. Jim Burtle used Diawl Bachs and Buzzers to net 18, stating ‘Thrunton is alive’. Austen Churm from Newcastle and Eric Caisley landed 15 and 14 on CDCs and small Black Buzzers. Gary Surtees from Newcastle released 11 from Long Crag on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Josh Piper from Morpeth had a great day on dries landing 13 fish. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 19 to 12lb from Long Crag on Buzzers. Howard Croston from Morpeth returned 17 back to Coe Crag on Buzzers. Matt Watson from Newcastle enjoyed 2 visits releasing 17 on dries and Buzzers. Ali Tait from Morpeth had a successful afternoon returning 12 on dries from Coe Crag. Ron Emery from Lynemouth enjoyed ‘his best day’ returning 16 on damsels to 10lb. Gary Thompson and Paul Embleton had a successful day on buzzers returning 14 and 18 with Paul netting his best-ever brown trout at 15lb from Long Crag.