Slowly getting a little tougher at the lakes with this warmer weather continuing. Water temperatures now up around the 20C at most of our lakes although little signs of major algae spells at present which is good to see. The good news is that the fish are continuing to feed although its been noticeable that on some lakes the fish are starting to move to slightly deeper water.
Stockings took place at Barrows and Blagdon last week. On inspection, tank two is suffering more from seasonal weed growth this season than tanks 1 and 3. With this in mind we have only stocked tanks 1 and 3 recently with 300 fish hitting both lakes last week. Blagdon received a small stocking of fish on Sunday.
Our family fun fishing event was a great success. Over 150 attendees over the two days with lots of youngsters having a go. Plenty of fish caught to keep them engaged and a big thank you to everyone who helped out over the course of the weekend. Our next events are in August, if you are free and don't mind helping out at our next event please do get in contact with Martin Cottis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As mentioned in the last report please stay safe whilst out on the water. It can be tempting to remove items of clothing during warmer spells. We insist that lifejackets are worn at all time when out on the water. Please remember to keep life jackets when fishing. Anglers found not wearing life jackets may be requested to leave the water and jeopardize fishing at our waters in the future. We take your safety out on the water seriously, please help us by keeping life jackets on at all times.
Similarly, it can be tempting to try and wade that little bit deeper from the bank when warmer weather sets in. A reminder that anglers are not permitted to wade any deeper than thigh level. Wading is not permitted at Barrow tanks. Please wade sensibly to ensure your safety.
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On to the fishing.....
Chew Valley- Res level 87% full
Stocking to Date: 27,234
Rod Average: 3.19
Average Weight: 2lb 11oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 8lb 2oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):5lb 4oz
Walley bank has been consistent recently with many anglers saying how surprised they are that sport is still good. Try the area closest the sailing club as there seems to be a nice pocket of fish holding just in front of the reeded area only a few yards down the bank. They have been popping up a little in the evening and early morning so it may be worth keeping the dries handy if given the chance. During the day a washing line setup with some corixae patterns should to the job.
The north shore has also been consistent although weed beds are growing more and more by the day. Consider a damsel as a point fly in this area as this, often sheltered, area of the lake can be great for damsel hatches at times.
The oak tree and the beach area close to Herons green has produced a few fish in the last week or so although venturing a bit further down the and onto the stones at Nunnery may be worth a go if this warm weather persists. Some slightly deeper water resides in this area which may start attracting fish soon. Fish slow with a long leader if possible. A midge tip may also help.
As mentioned in the last report, Villice continues to hold a head of fish towards the top of the bay. The area of shallow water directly opposite the bird hide and down to 'the bench' area is holding corixae feeders. It will be necessary to fish high in the water in this area due to the abundance of weed beds. A washing line setup is the way to go. Try some hares ear patterns or red diawl bach's as droppers and perhaps a popper hopper or similar as a point fly. Occasional pulls among a slow figure or eight may help draw a fish to your fly and help keep the flies off of the weeds. Don't be surprised if a fish grabs it shortly after a pull, often this will entice a take.
Herons Green has fish within it although the continued pressure is making these fish harder to catch. Long drifts along the wall of the dam in this bay seems to be working well. Some 'early birds' who have been passing this area first thing in the morning have noted some splashing near the surface. We noted that last week there were a good head of coarse fish showing around the lake, its possible some of our trout have taken a fancy to them. On cooler mornings or during overcast spells it may be worth trying a fry imitation or similar along this structure. A slow intermediate or similar should keep flies off of the bottom.
Fish have been seen rising steadily through the middle of the lake during the flat calm days. A couple anglers have had some joy targeting them but they aren't easy. There were some big fish showing in this area earlier in the year so could reward those brave enough with a bigger fish. Perhaps an area to try later in the day once some sport has been had in areas like Villice.
Don't neglect the dam basin at this time of year. Although we haven't seen many fish coming from this area this season its not to say fish wont start to show here soon. Try the aerators but be mindful that anchoring and tying up to buoys is not permitted. Either nymphs fished on a long leader on a floater or midge tip or a booby or similar fished deep on a faster sinking line will be worth a try.
Pike fly fishing continues to improve with some respectable numbers of fish now showing. The pike do seem to be active despite the warming temperatures. A estimated 25-30lb fish was caught last week by Mr A wiles whilst fishing for trout in Herons Green. Pike fly anglers have also had some success in and around the North Shore area at present with anglers commenting that they are getting lots of bites and follows which has been encouraging to see. Lots of jacks around to put a bend in the rod and a reasonable chance of catching something much bigger at present.
Blagdon - Res level 85% full
Stocking to Date: 16,504
Average Weight: 2lb 14oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 7lb 10oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 4lb
We continue to try and get out on the weed cutting boat where possible. Seasonal weed growth is always a significant challenge for us, we our best to manage it where possible.
Green lawn, Rainbow and Cheddar water are still favored by visiting bank anglers at Blagdon recently. Pegs and Ash trees has also chucked up some fish, especially early morning or late evening. Quite a lot of daphnia around now so a FAB or similar wouldn't go a miss on a leader setup.
Some nice fish have been showing. With the weed that is around we would strongly suggest using 8lb+ nylon to be on the safe side. Using a co-polymer might come in handy to keep flies high in the water. As with Chew, a washing line setup will give you the best chance of bumping into a fish. A foam bodied daddy is always a favorite point fly with our season ticket holders at site. Whether fish confuse this pattern for a greater water boatman or similar?? Who know's??
Sometimes fishing smaller at Blagdon can help. Fish can be finicky at times and opting for patterns in size 12 or smaller can help increase catch rates, especially in warmer conditions. Don't be scared to use sparsely tied flies. Skinny diawl bach's and crunchers can be deadly when fish become a little more lethargic.
Make the most of cooler mornings or evenings. An early start can really help success rates during this time of year.
The dam basin seems to be the place to be at present. Please be aware of the no anchoring zone in this area. See your ticket for further info or ask a member of our team. Also note that tying to buoys in the dam basin is also not permitted.
The over spill corner i particular seems to be the hot spot at present although fish have been caught all along the dam wall down to Cheddar water. Pipe bay is holding fish and the shallower water out in front of the lodge has been holding corixae feeders. They can be tricky to catch in this area and sometime s a stealthy approach with the boat can help. Try using a oar to creep into the shallower water to limit disturbance to the area.
The Top end of the lake is now weeding up fast which will limit access to his area. Often with the margins starting to fill up the deeper water sessions can hold concentrations of fish. Try drifting across open water with a bit of depth. Long drifts from Rainbow point towards Rugmoor and Pegs can be productive on its day. Look for a Southerly or South Westerly wind to get the best drifts possible.
Fishing long leaders on a floater can be deadly at this time of year, especially when fishing around aerators or similar. It can be challenging to fish flies static but it can reap rewards for those anglers with enough patience and concentration. If you struggle with static nymph and buzzer fishing try deploying the 'bung' which can have its merits when fishing in slightly rougher weather. A heavy glue buzzer as a point fly or a gold head damsel will be worth a try. Always take note of the dropper that the fish are coming to. This will give you an indication as to what depth the fish are feeding at and can make the difference between catching 1 fish or 10 fish in a day. Alter leader length, dropper spacing's and fly selection accordingly.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 81% full
Stocking to Date: 7,360
Average Weight: 1lb 13oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 3lb 12oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):3lb
Bank fishing only:
300 fresh fish in each of tanks 1 and 3 last week. Number 2 seems to be worst affected by the weed at present with bank access limited.
The most successful anglers up at Barrows recently have been making the most of the late evening rise. Turning up only a few hours before sunset and fishing until an hour after sunset. The fish have been rising well but its important to remain patient as the temperatures drop and light fades.
If you don't have the time to fish the evening rise and are restricted to fishing in the day try the leeward shore of your chosen tank. Fish will often naturally find the best feeding areas and areas where terrestrials or other insects are blown onto the water. Try fishing small flies like size 12 or smaller hares ears, crunchers and corixae patterns on a washing line setup. Fish slow and change the point fly accordingly to keep flies above any weed beds. A large booby is typically more buoyant than say a small FAB. Depth dependent, change your point fly accordingly.
No fishing currently available at Litton lakes. Re opening September 2019