Despite the warmer and windier weather the lakes continue to fish well. Chew has really been on fire this season with new fish holding areas popping up by the day. A released fish pen yesterday should see another 2,500 spread nicely throughout the lake and provide some excellent sport in the coming days.
Stockings at Barrows in coming weeks will see more fish going into tanks 1 and 2 than in number 3 to give anglers the best chance of finding a few. Tanks 1 and 2 don’t seem to suffer quite as much with the weed at this site so should be able to provide better access to the water.
We are hopeful of getting some more fish into Blagdon within the next week all being well. The summer is always a particularly challenging time of year for our team. Increased levels of public interactions, ensuring the public are safe around the lakes, and water temperature rises on the fish farm can create challenging situations for our lakeside team. Should you notice breaches of our byelaws or fishery rules and regulations please inform our team instantly by calling our office number or our emergency line.
Our first 2019 Free Fun Family Fishing event is due to take place this weekend. Finally the weather is looking a bit more favorable with light winds and a warmer weather forecast. If you’d like to get involved please do let us know. We really appreciate the help of our volunteers and it’s a fantastic experience seeing so many kids with a smile on their face once hooked into one of our fantastic fish! To volunteer please get into contact with Martin Cottis via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lastly a polite reminder about your safety 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 89% full
Stocking to Date: 27,234
Average Weight: 2lb 13oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 7lb
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):7lb 10oz
Some quality fish coming from the North shore area of the lake recently with season ticket holder, Mr J Cooke finding four rainbows on Friday with two going 4 pounds, one 4.8 pounds and one at 6lb 8oz! Commenting how hard they fought with a couple nearly reaching the island!
A few fish up on top so don’t dismiss a dry pattern such as a shipmans or foam daddy as a point fly if conditions are right. On brighter days a team of straight nymphs will suffice with perhaps a blob or similar on the point.
Walley continues to throw up good fish too and this bank may start to get even better with the warmer weather moving in. Try an intermediate with cormorants or similar on brighter days.
For those who prefer to wade the area around the oak tree at Herons green is coming back on form, especially early in the morning or late in the evening when the fish start to move into the margins. Never dismiss a damsel pattern at this time of year, a blood worm or big red buzzer may also work well fished deep on the warmest of days
The weather has dictated where anglers have fished recently with many in Sunday’s competition opting for the sheltered water behind the island. It’s noticeable that fish are holding tight to the island and around to Hollow brook so make sure to concentrate on the margins if fishing in this area.
Villice is still holding some good numbers of fish, especially towards the top end of the bay. Please be respectful of bird watchers and wary of birds that can congregate in this bay at times. Its important all lake users get along and that wildlife is undisturbed.
As the water warms up and weed beds develop, corixae patterns can come into their own. Red diawl bach’s or similar can work well when the fish turn to corixae. The infamous washing line method will help fish over shallow water and weed beds.
The area around the point of Denny island continues to throw up good, grown on fish although its increasingly becoming harder to target these fish with the weed beds found just off the point starting to grow rapidly. We’d suggest trying a washing line in this area to keep flies that little bit higher in the water.
Some fish may start to move towards the deeper water of the dam if temperatures continue to rise over coming weeks. A heavy glue buzzer on a long leader with some nymphs or buzzers on the droppers may be worth a try. Fished on a midge tip or faster sinking line as slow as possible can produce a few bonus fish on a challenging day.
A few fish up on top, especially in the last week or so with the warmer weather and overcast conditions at times. Try drifts across the open water of Stratford and Moreton or one or two around the middle of the lake for the fresher fish released yesterday.
Finally a few half tidy pike starting to show with a 20lb+ fish just a week ago. The pens that were brought in to shore for re stocking yesterday led to a few boils in and around the jetty area yesterday evening. It’s always surprising how the additional of cover can attract predator and prey fish so quickly! Still the occasional large pike being caught by trout anglers from the bank suggesting some big fish are continuing to hold close to shore. Most anglers still concentrating on the open water around Stratford, Moreton, Roman Shallows and Denny Island.
Blagdon - Res level 90% full
Stocking to Date: 16,239
Average Weight: 2lb 13oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 5lb 11oz
The weed cutter has been in action with Rainbow Point/Wood bay and Green Lawn being cut in the last week. Speaking to our season ticket holders the fishing has been good with a variety of spots producing. Green Lawn, Rainbow Point, the north shore and the Ash Trees have all produced fish recently.
As the weed starts to develop, wading will help and opting for a washing line setup will help fish successfully over the developing weed beds. Weed beds are a catch 22 in that they can be challenging to fish over but at the same time are often hot spots for fish to feed. Corixae, snail, hoglouse and damsels are just a few food items that will congregate around weed beds and shallow water.
Not quite as easy from the boats recently although Pipe bay has been holding some good fish with Mr S Jones and boat partner finding 24 fish to the boat last week. Daiwl bach’s, hares ears and even a couple to dries seem to do the trick.
Butcombe bay continues to hold fish and with the warmer weather setting in it could be worth venturing to the top of the bay where some cooler water runs into the lake. Static nymphs or buzzers can be deadly in Butcombe bay, especially when its sheltered from the winds.
A few anglers choosing to explore the open water of the Top end area of the lake. This area has produced some good dry fly sport in overcast conditions recently and probably provides the best chance of hooking into a bigger fish. Try hoppers or small bobs bits if conditions allow. Cover as much water as possible to try and locate pockets of feeding fish.
A reminder that anchoring and tying up to buoys in the dam basin is not permitted. Please see the notice in Blagdon lodge or on the back of your ticket for further clarification.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 80% full
Stocking to Date: 6,760
Average Weight: 1lb 14oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 4lb 15oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):none recorded
Bank fishing only:
As mentioned earlier on in the report, weed beds are developing fast on tank 3 at Barrow tanks. As a result we will be concentrating on stocking higher densities of fish in tanks 1 and 2 going forward.
Chuck a dry fly rod in the mix when venturing to Barrows. Keep mobile, cover water and keep your eyes out for fish on the move. The warmer spells will often spur flying ant out onto the lake so smaller black dry fly patterns will be worth a try. Keep an eye out for birds working the water, gulls can often be seen dipping and diving in the air when the flying ant appear.
A midge tip with a washing line setup should help keep flies just above the growing weed beds where fish may be lying. A black Muskins or even the old favored black pennell will be worth a try over the coming weeks. Red diawl bach’s as droppers should entice any corixae feeders in the area.
No fishing currently available at Litton lakes. Re opening September 2019