Rather incredibly there’s still not been any significant signs of algae in our waters despite some warmer weather making an appearance. Blue green algae starting to show on some lakes but no real high’s in counts which are great to see. Water temperatures fluctuating around the 8-9C mark. Levels are still good with most of our waters being above 90% full at present. Fishing has been superb. A few big competitions recently with the Anglers World Individual heat at Chew producing a rod average of 8 fish per person and the most recent A.W.A.I qualifier producing a rod average of 4.4 fish per angler. Fresh fish being stocked into Chew and Barrows this week and were hoping to get a few extra into Blagdon too if time allows.
Blagdon pike fly fishing takes place next week with anglers hopeful that this special May week will produce some memorable catches. A new pike fly fishing competition is due to take place at Chew in coming weeks, drop John Horsey an email at email@example.com if you are interested in taking part. Its sure to be a great event and places are booking up fast!
The weed cutter at Blagdon will be back from service shortly and our team hope to carry out weed cutting on the lake in coming weeks. No significant weed beds showing at present although typically as we approach June they start to pop up around the lakes. A reminder for those anglers fishing Blagdon, Station Road is now closed. Please use Park lane, leading down from the New Inn or access via the Butcombe direction.
Our 3rd Evening league heat is taking place tomorrow at Chew Valley Lake. There are still a few spots available and at just £25.00pp with a meal included after the event it’s sure to be a great day. Drop Andrew wiles an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fancy taking part.
Chew Valley- Res level 95% full
Stocking to Date: 14,130
Average Weight: 2lb 11oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb 4oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 8lb
Woodford bank is still attracting plenty of bank anglers and rightly so with the superb sport from this area recently. Good accessibility, deep water close to shore and fishing nothing more than spectacular has meant that this area has been popular with many visiting anglers. Consistently most anglers choosing to fish floating or midge tip lines with intermediates or faster sinking lines being favoured on windier days to help get flies out. Nothing technical about the fly selections that anglers are deploying, most choosing to fish a pattern such as a damsel or blob on the point with buzzers and diawl bach’s on the droppers.
North shore is also proving popular with the corner closest Picnic area 1 being the most prolific spot. Mr Turton managed a respectable 6 fish from this area recently with a blob doing the damage.
Wick Green has been favoured in the stronger southerly winds although wading will be required. Often evenings can be the best time to fish this area as the fish move into the shallow water. It has been known for bank anglers to see fish rising between them and the bank on occasions so it’s always worth a cast or two in short before entering the water. A reminder that wading must be carried out no deeper than thigh level.
It was encouraging to hear that a boat doing things a little differently on the weekend did well in the A.W.A.I competition. Mr M burgess who placed 2nd with a respectable bag of 11 fish found fish feeding over the false island of the lake. This is the first time we’ve heard of a respectable catch from this area this season and just goes to show how well spread the fish have been this season. Buzzers will be the way to go on calmer days where wind allows anglers to fish slowly from drifting boats.
Stratford, Moreton, Herons, Wick Green, Woodford, Walley and even the North Shore are all still holding pockets of fish although catching them will be dependent on wind direction and the levels of pressure these areas receive in coming weeks. All of these areas at some point in the last month or so have had significant pressure form boat anglers. Whilst sitting in one spot can sometimes have its rewards, venturing around the lakes picking up fish here and there can also be a productive way of fishing.
On warmer days, fishing slow has been key and a longer leader can make the difference between catching and struggling to catch fish. If you’re not confident in fishing long leaders try lines of differing sink rates until you get some action. Alternatively, stick a poly leader on to the end of your fly line. These nifty little sink tips can really help both experienced and novice anglers alike. Having a selection of sink tips in your bag can be a cost effective way or turning your floating line into a sink tip if you don’t have many lines at your disposal.
Very few anglers out pike fly fishing recently although with most of the fish finishing/finished up spawning it will be certainly worth a go in coming weeks. Weed beds are starting to show in some areas of the lake which will give predators the perfect opportunity to feed and ambush prey. Try looking for water around 10ft in depth to start with fishing close to structure and weed beds to start with. Explore deeper water where a monster could be lying if struggling
Blagdon - Res level 96% full
Stocking to Date: 8,074
Average Weight: 2lb 9oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 4lb 6oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 4lb 6oz
Still tough from the bank although some encouraging returns from anglers fishing Cheddar Water and Home bay recently. Much like Chew, buzzers seem to be the order of the day. Try a big red buzzer on the point followed by some smaller darker imitations on the droppers. Ash trees has chucked up a few decent fish with Mr A Judd finding a nice brace in this area last week. Corixae imiationas will be worth a try and the water starts to warm up and weed beds start to develop.
Boat areas:Boat fishing has been great with most anglers finding some fish. The area towards the south western corner of the lakes seems to be the most prolific at present. Home bay, Cheddar Water Pipe bay and the area in front of the lodge have all been producing fish consistently.
Butcombe is still holding some fish with regular angler Mr M Churn commenting that the fish wanted nymphs fished deep and slow. Some excellent fish hitting the scales with most anglers finding at least one or two 4lb+ fish recently.
For those anglers who like to venture up the Top end of the lake, don’t dismiss trying it. The Top End continues to produce although it has been a little tougher in this area lately in comparison to earlier in the season. With some overcast conditions due this week there may be a few fish poking their heads up in the shallower water found in the area
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 91% full
Stocking to Date: 6,127
Average Weight: 1lb 10oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 2lb 8oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): none recorded in this period
Bank fishing only:
Mixed returns at barrows during this period but consistently tank 2 seems to be the most productive of the lakes. Buzzers are reportedly taking the best numbers of fish and dark in colour seems to be the way to go.
With the arrival of swallows it won’t be long before the fish are up on top properly. Barrows can be a dry fly heaven on the right day. Fingers crossed a few pop up and anglers can get out an enjoy those special early morning and late evening moments.
For up to date info on Litton please give our office a call on 01275 332339. Limited numbers of anglers visiting recently. Both top and bottom lakes now .