An apology to start, the last catch report listed water temperatures as 8-9C…not sure what happened there but this was incorrect. Water temperatures continue to sit around 14-15C at present.
Fishing continues to be superb at the lakes with those larger fish still showing . Fresh fish going into Chew Valley early this coming week. A few smaller fish may be around as we intend to release a fish pen that has a bit of a mix of sizes. Averaging over 900 grams most of the fish will be of standard stock size although there will be a few smaller ones mixed in along with a few bigger ones too! Swings and roundabouts. Operating a fish farm as warmer weather approaches produces its own set of challenges. Often freeing up space in units can help our stock significantly. By utilizing our fish pens at this time of year we reduce the risk of having problems later down the line. Too many fish, not enough space…what a conundrum!
Our special week of Blagdon pike fly fishing has been producing some nice fish although a few have struggled. Reports of a 32lb fish earlier in the week along with plenty of doubles and a good head of 20lb+ fish.
Recent comps have been great. The Fishtec league had a heat at Chew last week with a rod average of over 9 fish per person and the 3rd evening league heat averaged over 6 fish per person. Today’s A.T.T.E.F.F competition at Chew will be an interesting one with a real mix of weather throughout the day. We await results in anticipation.
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On to the fishing.....
Chew Valley- Res level 95% full
Stocking to Date: 16,630
Average Weight: 2lb 12oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 8lb 6oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 5lb
Both the North Shore and Walley bank have been good recently. The area half way along Walley bank near the reeds has been producing some good numbers of fish. Try an intermediate line with a damsel imitation on the point and a blob on the top dropper in this area. Short quick pulls will be worth a go, occasional stops can entice fish to hit the fly too.
Interestingly the whole of the North shore has been good recently with the fish seemingly spreading down this bank rather than being confined to the corner nearest PA1. Black diawl bachs have been working well in this area with several bag limits recently.
Woodford bank continues to produce along with Wick Green. Herons has dried up slightly from the bank. Most of the fish in this area seem to be holding little further out.
A large portion of boats have been fishing around the entrance to Villice and down into the bay recently. There seems to be a pocket of fish from the start of the treeline on Woodford all the way down to the ‘bench’ in Villice bay. Try a damsel, they are starting to show readily now and reports of a few fish already feeding on them has been encouraging
The False island and out in front of Denny has being throwing up a few ‘lumps’ recently although they can be sporadic feeders. Conditions need to be right with a light breeze really helping with catch rates. Due to the shallowness of this area and weed beds starting to pop up try a washing line setup with a small booby as a point fly. The old faithful Bejeezus booby will be worth a try in coming weeks.
There are plenty of other areas holding fish , all fishing well on their day. Most of the time if you can locate an area that hasn’t had significant pressure you will pick up fish pretty quickly. Stratford, Wick, Walley, Herons, Spring Bay and Moreton are all worth a try.
Reasonable fly life recently with a number of anglers commenting that big buzzer hatches had taken place. Mr Walker commented ‘lots of buzzers showing behind the island/north shore on Friday’. Small lime green buzzers along with sedges have also been showing across the false island area of the lake. The first proper signs of damsel nymphs hatching has also been promising. Green diawl bach's and buzzers will be worth a go as the weather continues to warm up.
Lots of jacks being caught by our predator fly anglers at present. A fantastic perch was caught on Friday by a boat fishing behind the island/north shore area. 3lb+ and unharmed taking a black and green lure. A couple big perch have been spotted in and around the jetty area recently too. Its always worth a cast or two near structure if looking for a big perch.
Blagdon - Res level 91% full
Stocking to Date: 8,674
Average Weight: 2lb 10oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb 8oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 5lb
Cheddar water and Green lawn continue to be the places to be on the bank at Blagdon. A few fish off of Wood bay, especially to those venturing out early in the morning. Some unusual insect life at the lake recently with amber nymph’s showing in the stomach contents of fish. Small brown buzzers also apparent along with corixae and daphnia. Some good hatches of buzzer in the correct conditions, predominately black in colour.
Weed beds starting to pop up now so a floating line with a booby on the point will be the way to go to keep flies high in the water.
Boat areas:Some excellent boat fishing continues with Butcombe bay still holding good numbers of fish. The front of the lodge, Cheddar water, Home bay and Long bay also worth a go. The Top end and Bells bush area are still chucking up fish, occasional rising fish at times too so if conditions are favorable try a dry or two. Patterns like Bobs bits in claret and black will be worth a try
A few anglers trying sunken line tactics namely an intermediate line with a couple F.A.B’s or similar as a point and top dropper fly. Standard diawl bach’s as a middle dropper. It’s surprising how often a fish will decide to take the nymph on the middle dropper of a leader setup such as this. Blobs and F.A.B’s can act as much as an attractor than anything else. How the fish pick out the nymph, especially when being pulled, is anyone’s guess.
At this time of year, don’t dismiss a sunken hopper. When corixae start to show a sunken hopper fished on an intermediate or midge tip line can be deadly.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 86% full
Stocking to Date: 6,127
Average Weight: 1lb 13oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 6lb
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): none recorded in this period
Bank fishing only:
Some excellent reports from Barrows recently with many anglers commenting that famous ‘Barrows boil’ has been on! Get the dries out if faced with light winds and overcast conditions. Don’t be too eager to cast too far, under your feet may lie a monster. Good reports of fish on all three of the tanks with Mr Mortimer catching 3 fish on 1, 2 on 2 and 3 on tank 3 this Saturday. A mixture of dries and buzzers fished slowly has been doing the damage.
On brighter days try a midge tip to get your flies down a little more. A Montana or damsel on the point will be worth a go.
Some superb fishing at Litton lakes recently for those anglers venturing out to this secluded little gem. Try the top end of the top lakes with a team of nymphs on a floating line. Mr S Fisher and boat partner had a cracking day last week with some superb, hard fighting fish hitting the net.
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 .