Anglian Water Trout Fishing March 18th, 2022

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 13 March 2022

        • 4.4 Rod average at Rutland over Opening Weekend

        • Superb 7lb 8oz Rainbow at Ravensthorpe

        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
        Opening Day rod average 4.4
        Rutland Water opened on Friday 11 March with 12,500 fish stocked to date. The first two days of the season saw anglers faced with tricky weather conditions with bright sun at times and fairly high winds gusting to 30mph. Not ideal but it was great to see everyone that ventured out. We have seen mixed results in the first few days. The boat anglers have enjoyed the best of the sport.
        Boat anglers have enjoyed success with catch returns showing many limits being taken by a good number of anglers. One boat successfully caught drifting onwards the buoy line off the dam and catching on sinking lines with humungus and tubes. Another reported 28 Rainbows to the boat, these had been caught using Di5 lines and snakes, blobs and cormorants.
        The bank fishing has been mainly a slow start which could be partially due to the low water levels and volume of the recently pumped in water raising the level of the reservoir quickly. Due to the wind and its direction the main concentration of anglers has been from East Creek to Fantasy and Whitwell Creek. It was a disappointing start for many on the bank but we have had reports of a 6½lb Brown being caught near the Transformer on hairs ears and another angler catching 7 Rainbows from East Creek on buzzers.
        It’s been great to welcome everyone back to Rutland and remember it’s still early days and we will hopefully have more information for you in next week’s report. The garage adjacent to the Ranger’s office is now open and has regular updates on the notice board with the latest methods and hot spots. Why not pop down to have a look and share what’s been successful for you.

        Grafham Water
        Rod average 2.12
        The Fishing at Grafham is still proving tricky and location is key if you want to bag up. This is reflected in the catch returns which shows many anglers caught their limit whilst others blanked. Most of the fish caught have been coming from Plummers Bank right down to the south side of the Dam. The fish are reportedly very high up in the water and those that have caught well have done so using floating lines or sink tips. Small white lure patterns seem to be taking the majority of fish but some anglers have also reported catching on buzzers, diawl bachs and other small nymph patterns. The north shore has started slowly in comparison to last year but it has still produced a few fish, most notably a cracking 4.7oz Rainbow which was taken by one of our season ticket holders. The Harbour Arms have also produced the odd fish but nothing consistent as of yet.
        The weekend saw us hosting another successful Perchmania and Perch to 5lb plus were caught.
        We have two stockings arranged for the coming week and the weather is looking good for fishing, with a bit of luck the sunshine will get the buzzers hatching and we will see the rod average rocket.
        Season tickets are available to purchase in person from Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford Lodges (don’t forget to bring a photo for your new permit).
        We look forward to seeing you soon.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 75(Season 124) Returns 22 (37) Rod average 3.4 (3.4)
        Although Pitsford fished to a 3.4 rod average this week, the catch rate over the weekend was noticeably higher than this as both bank and boat anglers caught well on Saturday and Sunday. So hopefully we will have a good week ahead.
        On Saturday one boat reported 26 fish to the boat using lures and sinking lines. On Sunday Pitsford hosted a Mid Northants bank match which finished with a rod average of 7; with ten anglers catching around 70 fish, and some anglers touching double figures. Most of these were recently stocked fish and were caught on a variety of methods, from washing line and small nymphs, lures, to Apps bloodworm. Areas to try in a southerly are Rigbys, Pitsford Creek and the Gravels. Most of the bank action over the last few days has been along the south shore due to the wind, but before the wind changed the north shore was fishing well, so it will be interesting to see how this fishes once the wind once again allows, with areas such as Hell Bay and No Fish Point producing before the wind changed. From a boat it is worth trying the same areas as the bank, but in addition Brixworth Bay has fished well.
        Best Boat areas: Brixworth Bay.
        Best Bank areas: Rigbys, Pitsford Creek.
        Fish stocked: 2,500.

        Ravensthorpe Water
        Fish week 116(Season 274) Returns 40 (100) Rod average 2.9 (2.74)
        The second week of the new season at Ravensthorpe has seen an increase in the rod average to 2.9. The best methods continue to be lures fished in deep water. There is evidence from some of the fish spooned that small damsels and black buzzer are in now in the diet, although catches on buzzers are not yet plentiful.
        One pike angler caught the fish of a lifetime at Ravensthorpe on Sunday 6 March. He was targeting large trout and went out for a drift and got the surprise of his life when a monster pike hammered his metallic silver UV straggle streamer at around 12 feet deep. Eventually it came to the net weighing in at 34lb before being carefully returned.
        Best Rainbow: 7lb 8oz.
        Best boat areas: Island and Central.

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