Anglian Water Trout Fishing March 23rd, 2022

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 20 March 2022

        • Quality fish, buzzer hatches and good rod averages across all four waters

        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 week 205 Returns 44 Rod average 4.65
        The latter part of the week saw an upturn in sport for both bank and boat anglers at Rutland. Bank anglers have seen a vast improvement over the last week with plenty of fish coming into range in comparison to the first few days of the season. Best bank areas have been Normanton bank, Whitwell Creek, the harbour wall and Yellowstone – all have provided bank anglers with sport with some getting into double figures. Classic early season lure patterns have been favoured by many but buzzers and hares’ ears have featured, certainly during the afternoon when the temperatures have risen.
        Boat anglers have taken fish from East Creek to Normanton Church, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Barnsdale Creek and Dickensons Bay. Dickensons has provided the most consistent buzzer sport around the reservoir, being more sheltered from the cool wind and relatively shallow. True to early season form a good bet is to start the day on sunk lines (di3 or 5) with lure patterns and blob combinations. Expect the fish to start 8-10 feet down on those cold mornings and gradually move up in the water column as the temperatures increase during the day.
        Buzzers have started to hatch more consistently over the last few days albeit in general very small. Stomach contents have already shown buzzers featuring and looking ahead to good weather and temperatures in the coming days we expect them to feature even more so in catches and tactics. A further 4,000 fish have been stocked taking the season’s total up to 16,500.
        Fish stocked: 4,000

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 268 Returns 69 Rod average 3.88
        Grafham Water has started to hit form this past week and many anglers have been catching their limit. The North shore is now starting to produce good bags of fish as is the south shore and the Dam.
        A lot of boat anglers have been pulling lures, blobs and fabs on a di 5 line with great success. However, the fish are now responding to buzzers as well, particularly small green and black patterns fished static to slow on a floating line not too far from the shore. Bank anglers have also been catching consistently well. One angler caught his 8 fish limit and returned the same again while fishing a morning session at Plummers. He fished a floating line with static blood worm patterns. Many anglers have been commenting that the fish appear to be far more active now and they can be seen rising throughout the day all across the reservoir.
        The biggest fish of the week was an 8lb plus Brown.
        The Scierra pairs match on Sunday saw limits caught throughout the day. One boat was back with their 16 fish after only 90 minutes and others followed not too far behind. Black blobs and lures pulled back fast were the go to method in the morning but as the sun came up many competitors reported catching on buzzers and small nymph patterns. Most of the fish in this match have been caught at Hill Farm, the Seat and Plummers car park. A full match report will follow next week.

        Pitsford Water
        Rod average 4 (Season 3.8)
        The fishing at Pitsford Water over the past week has been challenging for both boat and bank anglers. We stocked a further 1,500 2lb fantastic quality rainbow trout bringing the total stocked since February to 9,500. Anglers have reported that although they haven’t caught in large numbers it has been the overwintered fish that they have been catching which have been in superb condition and up to 4lb. The warm sunny days have also resulted in a nice buzzer hatch on the water. The rod average this week is a respectable 4. Popular areas from a boat have been Brixworth Bay and the Sailing Club. From the bank the narrows and the pines have produced fish when the wind direction has allowed.

        Ravensthorpe Water
        Fish week 294 (Season 568) Returns 69 (169) Rod average 4.3 (3.3)
        Ravensthorpe’s rod average increased by 48% to 4.3 this week with many anglers catching over 20 fish, up to 3-4lb.
        Buzzers are coming off the water as temperatures increase, which has been a popular method.
        The water clarity has remained the same, which is good news.
        Best boat areas: North shore, central.

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