Anglian Water Trout Fishing April 5th, 2022 – Pitsford rod av. 7.0

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 3 April 2022

        • Superb week at Pitsford with a rod average of 7

        • Browns now back in season with Pitsford recording the best of the week at 9lb

        Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;
        Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,
        Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105
        Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021

        Rutland Water
        Rod average 4.48 (Season 7.07)
        The weather this week did a complete U-turn, with temperatures ranging from 20°C plus and warm sunshine to single figures and snow!!
        The variable weather didn’t help the fishing and for the first part of the week the fish were not really showing, but as the week progressed the fish settled down and began to feed again.
        Fish were found along the Normanton bank and from the Monument to the dam off Sykes Lane. Dickenson’s to Barnsdale Creek also harboured fish.
        Buzzers were the food of choice with spooned fish also feeding on bloodworm.
        With the winter restrictions now lifted it it seems that the Brownies got the memo too with a 6lb returned from the boats. Season ticket holder Len Francis tempted a 6lb 8oz Brown from the bank with his own variety of buzzer.

        Fish stocked: 2,167
        A reminder for season ticket key holders that the gate locks were changed on 2 April. For more information please ask at the Fishing Lodge.

        Grafham Water
        Rod average 3.1
        Last week we were delighted to report that winter was finally behind us and spring was well and truly here. How could we have been so wrong!
        It has been bitterly cold all week with a frost first thing and then northerly winds throughout the day. Thursday and Friday deterred most of the boat anglers because the conditions were so unpleasant. The north shore was much more bearable for the bank anglers, being sheltered, it proved to be where the fish were. Good catches were reported from The Willows, G Buoy, Bluff Cove and Pylon Point.
        Although we are witnessing a lot of fly activity, fishing with buzzers is still slow. Those who were successful, did so using Blood Worm imitations, Pitsford Peas, Boobys and Snakes! So a real mix and not consistent. The fish have been caught at varying depths too, so again, not consistent.
        Damsels on the point and Red Diawl Bachs or Hares Ears on the dropper is always worth a try, so early in the season.
        The water is still gin clear, even after the strong winds so constant movement and line thrashing will spook the fish.
        The winter restrictions have now been lifted, so the west bank and the mouth of Savages Creek are worth exploring.
        The forecast for next week is warmer but still windy but with 16,000 hungry rainbows stocked since February and another stocking this week it’s only a matter of time
        Best Rainbow: 7lb caught from Harbour arm.
        Fish stocked to date: 16,000.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 436 (Season 822) Returns 62 (147) Rod average 7.0 (5.6)
        Despite the changeable weather conditions Pitsford has fished extremely well this week from both boat and bank with some fantastic early season catches.
        Anglers have reported fish showing and feeding in the surface even though the weather has turned cold and frosty. There have been huge numbers of buzzer still coming off and methods involving black buzzers have continued to catch.
        It has been noticeable from speaking to anglers that one angler can be catching on small buzzers on floating or sink tip lines while his boat partner is catching on a sunk line and small lures, which suggests that the fish are at various depths through the water column.
        Some of the notable catches include Browns to 9lb and a bonus Pike of 31½lb. This angler’s bag included 30 Rainbows, 4 Browns and a couple of Pike; all fish carefully returned. In the words of another angler “Pitsford is on fire!” – he managed 9 Rainbows and a 4lb Brown – all returned.
        Two anglers sharing a boat drifted out from Brixworth Bay and landed 50 plus fish between them. They found fish on Di7 lines with booby and FAB.
        Best areas for both boat and bank anglers have been Rigbys, Pines, Brixworth Bay, Cliffs, Sailing Club and dam wall.
        From 1 April Browns are back in season and anglers can once again fish some of the ‘small half’ of the lake.
        Best Brown: 9lb.

        Ravensthorpe Water
        Fish week 106 (Season 674) Returns 28 (197) Rod average 3.7 (3.4)
        Those brave enough to fish in the recent freezing weather conditions were rewarded. One boat angler had 14 fish to the boat and another managed 19. All of these fish were caught and safely released.
        One of our regular anglers had 20 plus fish to the boat. He was introducing a newcomer to fly fishing. The beginner fished buzzers under the bung and was rewarded with 8 superb hard fighting Rainbow trout.
        However, the fish of the week fell to a ten year old. Expertly guided by her grandad she landed a clonking 6lb 8oz Rainbow along with 3 other Rainbows to 3lb 4oz.
        Best boat areas: Island, Coton Car Park, Lodge.
        Best bank areas: Platforms.
        Best Rainbow: 6lb 8oz.

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