Anglian Water Trout Fishing August 9th, 2020

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 9 August 2020

        • 11lb 6oz Brown is season’s best at Pitsford

        • 6.2 rod average at Grafham

        • Fishing Lodge opening times extended
        Lodges open 8am-5pm every day from 1 August

        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
        Fish 777 (Season 6,983) Returns 224 (1,391) Rod average 3.46 (5.02)
        Even though the temperatures have soared this week, the fishing has held up well for this time of year.

        As you would expect, the aerators are still the ‘go to’ option for the majority of boat anglers. With a good breeze for most of the week, long drifts in the main basin between the boils have been the best way to approach them. The quality of the fish in the basin has been superb, with a good percentage of catches being around the 3lb mark.

        For those seeking something different, the weedbeds have started to reveal themselves as the water level drops. There are good quality fish feeding on snails and shrimp in and around the weedbeds, but most notable are the trout that have switched on to this year’s fry, which are now an inch and a half to two inches long.

        Minkies, suspender minkies and humungus have been the most successful patterns whilst targeting these predatory fish, with the best catches coming from Dickinson’s Bay and Barnsdale Creek in the North Arm, and Sailing Club Bay, Old Hall, and Yellowstone down the South Arm.
        Similarly, the successful bank anglers have also been targeting the weedbeds, with Barnsdale Creek, Barn Hill Creek to Carrot Creek and Sailing Club Bay to New Zealand Point being the best spots this week.

        Total stocking for season: 54,760

        Don’t forget our sunset ticket option for an evening on the bank – £12 (1fish+c&r) from 6pm. Available from the ranger’s office (cash only).

        Beginners Courses:16,22 & 30 August; 4,6,12,20 & 23 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01780 686441.

        Grafham Water
        Fish 659 Returns 105 Rod average 6.2
        The warm, bright weather conditions have made fishing challenging this week. Despite this our anglers have still been finding fish and recorded a rod average of 6.2 for the week. During the first part of the week the fish were to be found just a few feet under the surface. This held true, even out in the middle of the reservoir and anglers who had been prepared to stick it out in the bright weather found themselves well in amongst the fish using midge tips and small nymphs. The boils have also been fishing extremely well with several boat anglers bagging up last Friday.

        For those wanting to bank fish the best option will be fishing the dam wall early in the morning and late in the evening using a floating line and don’t be afraid to use dry flies or failing that a small hares ear.

        Best boat areas: Mouth of Savages, Gaynes Cove, A buoy.

        Best bank areas: The dam, Plummer, G mark.

        Beginners Courses:15, 21 & 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish 159 (Season 5,226) Returns 32 (829) Rod average 4.96 (6.3)
        It has been another great week on Pitsford in spite of the weather conditions with a rod average of 4.96 and a season’s best Brown trout of 11lb 6oz.

        The boat fishing has been very good with anglers reporting catching fish on dries in the middle of the day even in the current heat wave.
        Floating and midge tip lines are still proving best with the fish still seeming to be in the top two to three feet.

        By far the biggest fish of the week and the season’s best to date was a Brown trout of 11lb 6oz by an angler from St Albans. Whilst a lovely Brown of 5lb fell to a recent graduate from one of our beginners courses.

        There have been several rainbows in the 4-5lb bracket recorded this week. Charlie Watts and his boat partner enjoyed a great morning session boating 15 fish using washing line tactics with a blob and nymphs. Kevin Garn and his boat partner fished flash back nymphs to boat over 20 fish from the main basin. One of our anglers fished on Friday and remarked that he caught on dries during the hottest part of the day catching 11 fish in total.

        The bank is proving more challenging but is still worth a go. Some of our local anglers have been catching consistently on dries fished around the weedbeds.

        Best Rainbow: 5lb (returned).

        Best Brown: 11lb 6oz

        Fish stocked: 1,500.

        Beginners Courses:14,23 & 28 August; 10 & 19 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call 01604 781350.

        Ravensthorpe Water
        Fish 54 (Season 2,722) Returns 13 (365) Rod average 4.1 (7.4)

        Best boat areas: Island – Boils, front of lodge.

        Best Bank areas: Dam; platforms 11-12

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