A delayed report for this period due to some work being carried out on our website. Fishing is great at the lakes at the moment. Some rather spectacular bags of fish continue to be taken although plenty of fresher fish have been caught too.
Chew received a big stocking last week with 5000 fresh fish hitting the lake. Last week seemed like a good opportunity to get a big head of fish in the lake with a quieter period in the events calendar, some strong winds to help spread the fish and some cool weather. It’s obvious the fish have spread well with anglers reporting fresh fish in Herons Green, Woodford, Villice and even the North shore in recent days! Exactly what we had hoped would happen.
Blagdon has been on fire with fresh fish now being found in several areas around the lake. Damsel hatches are in full swing although buzzers hatches have also been exceptional too.
Excellent top of the water fishing recently, most notably at Barrow tanks and Chew Valley Lake. Conditions need to be right but there have been some great reports of fish rising freely at our waters on a number of occasions now. Barrows received a fresh stocking of fish earlier in the week so should fish even better in coming days. Mixed weather at present but looking to improve going into next week.
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On to the fishing.....
Chew Valley- Res level 94% full
Stocking to Date: 24,734
Average Weight: 2lb 15oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 11lb 8oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):12lb 3oz
Walley, Woodford, Nunnery and Wick Green all worth trying if venturing from the bank. Woodford continues to produce daily with fish very tight in at times. Water clarity is varying by the day with the unpredictable rain showers and strong winds at times
During the evenings Wick Green has provided some good sport with fish moving in to the margins regularly. Wading will be required to get the best out of this area. Occasionally fish will move tight in to the reeds either end of Wick, predominately feeding on the damsels and alder fly larvae that work their way up the reed stems
Some cracking bags of fish along Walley bank recently with season ticket angler Les Toogood tempting 4 fish last Wednesday going 4lb, 4lb 1oz, 4lb 11oz and 5lb 1oz. He later followed it up with a 6lb 3oz fish from the same area just a couple days later! Great fishing Les! Les mentioned seeing plenty of fish moving with several going for a foam bodied daddy on the point with diawl bach’s on the droppers.
Fish are still about and around Woodford although not in the numbers they were last week. It seems most have migrated further along the bank towards the top of Villice bay.
Two monster fish out in the last week or so. A cracking brown trout of 12lb 3oz and a stunning rainbow of 11lb 8oz! It’s simply astonishing to see so many big fish come out of the lakes this season. We never stock double figure fish so just goes to show what has been lurking around in the lake for the last few seasons. Lots of fish in the vicinity of Villice recently, perhaps more now than last week with the fresh fish that have been introduced. Up and around the Bench area has been productive with the area just west of Nunnery point also producing well. Pockets of fish seem to be the order of the day in this area at present.
Long drifts from the mouth of Herons down to Nunnery stones has also been a good option recently. The stone embankments that give bank anglers access to deep water can often lead to wind lanes and slicks forming, naturally good feeding areas for fish to occupy.
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.
Never neglect drifts through the open water around the False island if conditions are good. With this area often receiving little pressure it can often reward anglers with a quality bonus fish or two. The fresh fish released not far from this area should hopefully wake up any bigger fish that reside here throughout the season.
A word of warning to all anglers who are targeting trout at present. The fish are fighting incredibly hard! Lots of reports of anglers getting snapped off recently so go prepared and use strong leaders. We would recommend a very minimum of 8lb at present. The last thing any angler wants is a snap off. Check knots and droppers regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on that fish of a lifetime if it does come around.
Flies, as mentioned in our recent Facebook video post, nothing too technical! Buzzers, diawl bach’s and damsels all worth a go. Steadily green is starting to out fish red diawl bach’s. Perhaps a result of the increase in damsels in recent weeks? Buzzers, try olive, red or black. We’ve had a number of small lime green and brown buzzers hatch recently. Difficult to see but has led to fish ‘smutting’ on the surface, sipping flies.
A few anglers have had success fishing blobs on intermediate lines, notably fresh fish seem to find this method irresistible
Pike fly anglers, very few out recently although those that have fished have found some respectable numbers of fish with the odd double thrown in. Keep working the areas near the growing weed beds around Roman Shallows, the bays of Herons and Villice and the point of the island.
Blagdon - Res level 91% full
Stocking to Date: 16,239
Average Weight: 2lb 11oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 4lb 11oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 7lb
Green Lawn, Rainbow back into Holt bay, Long bay and Cheddar all worth a go if you’re hitting the bank this week at Blagdon. Lots of corixae about now so a red diawl bach wouldn't go a miss, often a deadly pattern when corixae are about in numbers. Stick with a floating line and perhaps a small booby diawl bach or similar as a point fly.
The North shore, Ash trees and Pegs point have all been throwing up fish during the last week. The Northerly winds have made this bank readily fishable. It’s always worth a look around the North shore, it’s not had significant angling pressure this year so there could be a few bigger fish lurking around.< p>
Weed beds are starting to pop up in areas, especially around the shallower rainbow point. When time and weather allows our team will do their best to cut key bank fishing spots.
Holt bay has been good, especially the corner closest Green lawn. Good reports of rising fish at times suggesting fish aren’t deep. Try a washing line setup to make sure you are in the right water column.
Still, Butcombe has been great. There’s obviously a large number of fish in this area with a team of buzzers doing the damage for most.
Venturing east the area around Rugmoor can be prolific at this time of year as the water warms. The shallow reeded area off of this point can often entice fish in close whilst looking for damsels and corixae. Hooking a fish in shallow water can be exhilarating with strong runs rather than deep dives. Make sure you have plenty of backing!
Don’t dismiss dries if conditions suit. Occasional hatches of pond olives mean slightly larger olive patterns may be worth a go. Hoppers and foam daddy’s wouldn’t go a miss as a point fly if targeting fish up on top. p>
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 81% full
Stocking to Date: 6,760
Average Weight: 1lb 15oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 3lb 6oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period):none recorded
Bank fishing only:
Weed now starting to pop up quickly on number 3 tank. Consider this before venturing out. Tanks 1 and 2 have good access and have both been fishing well.
The roadside bank on number 2 has been good, especially in the evenings. Plenty of fish have been moving at the tanks so now’s your chance to enjoy some great top of the water sport.
Mr Page has been enjoying some excellent sport on Number 3 in the last week or two with a session last Wednesday leading to 12 fish being caught and another visit on Sunday where he tempted another 12! Excellent fishing Simon! Majority of the fish were returned to fight another day with size 12 black and olive buzzers doing the damage. Simon noted the area just past the pipe down towards the life buoy to be the most productive.
Don’t miss out, day tickets available at Barrow tanks for just £19.00, including an 8 fish limit!
No fishing currently available at Litton lakes. Re opening September 2019