Grafham Water Fishing Report - Week ending 18 March

6 months ago

Fish 254 (season 361) Returns 80 (120) Rod average 3.17 (3.0)

The second week of the season has seen an improvement in the fishing, with bank and boat anglers performing well, landing some very good over-wintered fish. The week’s rod average stands at a respectable 3.17.

Some anglers have been landing some fantastic over-wintered rainbows and brownies, though one fish really stands out from the crowd! Mr Liam Johnson, fishing on the dam, managed to tempt a colossal Brown trout on an intermediate line and black and green lure. The fish was estimated at around the 11lb mark though it was most probably even larger than that! A huge well done from all at Grafham, a fish that really doesn’t come around too often, returned to fight another day. Others catching huge brown trout include our resident fly fishing guru and tuition expert Peter Hartley who landed a lovely brownie at over 5lb, well done to you Peter. Jim Flannigan also landed a huge brownie of 4lb 2oz, a cracking fish, well done. The picks of the over-wintered rainbow trout this week include Phil Barker’s 3lb 8oz fish and Paul Willis’s 4lb 2oz fish.

Boat fishing over the last week has been good, with many reporting seeing the fish up in the water and usually falling to lures, buzzer and shrimp. It’s important to bring a selection of lines with you due to the current weather conditions though at the moment the intermediate seems to be the line of choice.

The lure fishing is mixed with some fish taking more readily on fast retrieves whilst some prefer the drifting minky, keep this in mind on your next visit and adjust tactics to suit. Those fishing shrimp patterns will be happy to know that they have been stirred up by the strong winds, triggering a feeding response from some of our over-wintered fish, so dust off your hare’s ears on your next visit. The most productive areas are in and around the bays dotted along the north shore.

Some cracking bank fishing is on offer, much the same as the boats with a real mixed bag of tactics working throughout the day, though most are having more luck fishing white and green and black and green lures on intermediate lines. Currently the wind conditions are making things particularly difficult to fish anywhere other than the north shore, however the anglers out there are generally having at least a fish during the session. The reservoir is at 100% capacity meaning that the fish will be very close to the margins looking for food, its vastly important to cast your swim before you begin wading, ensuring you don’t spook them too far out early on.

Weekly Stats

Best Rainbow                            4lb 2oz taken by Paul Willis

Best Brown                                Estimated as at least 11lb

Best Boat Areas                        North Shore Bays

Best Bank Areas                       North Shore, Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm & Pig Bay

Best Methods                             See Report

Mid Week Boat Winner             Phil Barker of Herts

Fish stocked                               1,750

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