Continuing to freshen up with occasional showers in the most recent week. Night time temperatures much cooler and unsurprisingly fishing is continuing to improve. Clarity at Chew is gradually getting better and better by the day. We've seen some excellent catches of late especially in and around Herons Green at Chew topped with some cracking 8 fish bags of over 36lb!
Quite a number of fish stocked recently with stockings taking place at Chew, Blagdon and Barrows recently. We are still holding 5,000 fish in pens here at Chew which we hope to release directly after the Cortland Team Championship in just a few days time. With water temperatures now sat around 17-18C and clarity improving by the day the fish are active and willing to chase a fly. A number of fish caught on blobs and boobies fished high in the water just recently and even a few fish up on top on dries. Small black buzzers have been hatching readily from most of our waters so keep a dry fly rod handy if conditions are favorable.
Before the full fishing report, some particularly sad news to share with our angling community. As some of you may know by now our previous Fisheries Manager, Tony Donnelly sadly passed away last week. At present we are not aware of the cause of this devastating news but on behalf of all at Bristol Water we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Tony was a lively character who would always go out of his way to help fellow anglers and colleagues alike. Having a keen passion for fishing meant that he was an incredibly personable character which went to broaden his friendships with a wide range of anglers from a multitude of fishing backgrounds. Forever trying to improve our offerings here at Bristol Water and build positive relationships with our angling community, he will be sadly missed.
A book of condolence provided kindly by the BRFFA will be available for anglers to sign in coming days. Please pop to our tackle shop at Woodford lodge if you would like to add your own personal message. Our opening hours are 8am-4:15pm, 7 days a week. The book is available at our front desk.
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On to the fishing.....
Chew Valley- Res level 74% full
Stocking to Date: 31,564
Rod Average: 2.92
Average Weight: 3lb 1oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 8lb
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 6lb
Mr A Cotrell managed to tempt 14 fish to his rod on Wednesday of last week from Walley bank. Mr Cotrell caught well on claret diawl bach's fishing deep and slow on a floating line. Hanging flies before casting back out was crucial with Mr Cotrell noting many fish came to this hanging period. Don't be too keen to cast back out once your flies are near the bank, fish will often patrol close in under your feet.
Wick Green has been good with these westerly winds of late. This bank is particularly shallow so wading will be required. Try a washing line setup with a small booby on the point. A few anglers have noted seeing fish moving in and around this bank recently. Fresh fish stocked in the last week shouldn't be far away either. Often fresh fish will hug the reed line shortly after stocking in this area. Try casting down the bank, especially the reeds to the south western side of Wick Green.
Weeds popping up in the most productive boat area of late, Heron Green. This will limit bank fishing opportunities in this area sadly. Nevertheless, if provided with some northerly winds the groins of Nunnery Point will be worth a try. There have been reports of fish all the way out of Herons Green and out in front of Nunnery and Moreton recently. The groins at Nunnery give good access to deeper water where the odd surprise may be waiting. A famed spot for larger brown trout you never quite know what may be lurking around in this deeper water.
Some simply incredible bags recently with strong fish to go with it. The fish haven't been easy but are well worth the effort. Mr M Thomas had a cracking bag last week consisting of three fish over 5lb! The total combined weight for his 8 fish limit was over 36lb, quite astounding. The fish are still very strong so go think you will get away with lighter tippet, you my end up with egg on your face. Stick with trusted brands in strengths no lighter than 7lb. Even a 2lb fully finned fish can rip you off if you fish too light.
Herons Green has been the go to spot with fish moving around in this area regularly. Many have noted the 'old jetty' area on the southern most bank to be fishing well whilst others have preferred drifts into the 'beach' area closer to Nunnery. The evening league just over a week ago saw fish caught all through this bay and out towards the Roman Shallows.
Some anglers have noted fish off of Moreton with Mr S Winstone bagging a fine 8lb rainbow from this area recently. If conditions are right don't dismiss dries as fish have been showing on top reasonably consistently when conditions allow. Small black buzzers seem to draw them to the surface so consider a small black bobs bits imitation or similar if targeting with dries.
The recent A.M.F.C match saw good numbers of fish caught around the cages early on but it was noticeable the pressure took its toll with boats moving towards herons green in the afternoon. A rod average of just under 6 fish per demonstrating how the fishing has been improving in recent weeks. A big improvement on only a few weeks ago.
Most anglers have stuck with floating lines or midge tips although some have found going deeper to be better on bright days. A real mix of flies working although the standard washing line setup with a black booby on the point and diawl bach and cruncher patterns on the droppers is still being favored by many. For those who like to fish with brighter patterns try a blob and booby combination on a fast intermediate or di3. A team member noted pulling fish to his flies using an old fashioned muddler just last week when fish started to show on top, now there's some exciting fishing!
The boils still hold fish although haven't been as productive as they were during the warmer period just a few weeks ago. The cooler period has no doubt encouraged fish to move around a little more and feed better. Its worth considering exploring Woodford and Villice bay with the recent stockings of fish and a fish pen released just a few weeks ago. We are positive there will be fish in this area somewhere, who's going to find them first!?!?
Pike fly fishing continues to be tough although there have been some fish caught. Herons Green and the area around the jetties has produced and its been noticeable that fry are starting to gather around the structure of the jetties. Try darker patterns whilst the water has a tinge of colour, these are more likely to be noticed when the water has a slight tinge.
Blagdon - Res level 74% full
Stocking to Date: 19,835
Average Weight: 2lb 10oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 8lb 9oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 2lb 8oz
Some good sport from the South shore in recent weeks. Green lawn and Cheddar water being particularly favored. Quite a number of fish up on top with a number of anglers catching on dries or washing line tactics.
Frustratingly lots of reports of fish moving out in the open water which has benefited those anglers fishing from boats more so than bank recently. They will move in closer in the early morning or evening so these will be the best times to get out.
Long drifts through the open water across the middle of the lake have produced for many. Anywhere from the dam basin all the way down towards rainbow point is worth a try. There have been some great rising fish to target on overcast days or days with lighter winds. Try a ginger hopper teamed with some bobs bits. Cast frequently and cover as many fish as possible. Drifting will be the way to go.
Crunchers and diawls still taking the bulk of fish on most days. Nymph and buzzer fishing can be superb at Blagdon, fishing really slow is often the key to success. On overcast days stick with a floater, on brighter days try a midge tip or similar. Its always worth having a small booby or foam daddy as a point fly. Hoppers, as mentioned above also work well just under the surface. Consensus is that fish mistake them for corixae.
The top end has been quiet but as we approach the latter part of the year it may be worth investigating in coming weeks.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 82% full
Stocking to Date: 8,160
Rod Average: 4.76
Average Weight: 2lb 2oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 3lb 5oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):none recorded
Bank fishing only:
Algae counts continue to drop which should help on the fishing front. Not many reports from Barrows recently but similarly to the last report, number 3 has been the place to be.
Ranger Chris popped up for a few hours last week and managed a respectable 5 fish from tank two fishing dabblers high in the water. Fish were actively chasing the flies over the remaining weed beds and provided some exciting sport. Both the natural and roadside bank held fish.
Give our team a call on 01275 332339 for more up to date info.
No fishing currently available at Litton lakes. Boats are being put on the lower lake this week. Stockings of fish to take place in coming days.