Rod average for the first few days of the new season is 12.55
Pitsford Water opened for fishing on Thursday 1 April with some incredible sport. The rod average for the first four days of the season was a fantastic 12.55.
Even though conditions have not been ideal with strong cold northerly winds, fish were found to be already feeding heavily on buzzers in the top 6 feet of the water. Various methods are accounting for fish, from floating lines and small black or olive buzzers to intermediates and sinkers with old favourite the Pitsford Pea catching. Cats whisker lures and blobs are also accounting for a lot of fish.
Although the bank fished well on opening day with fish feeding close in, boats also caught well. The standout return on opening day came from a boat with two anglers fishing the drifts from Bog Bay all the way along to Brixworth Bay, fishing midge tip lines with FABs and buzzers, to take 70 fish between them in an incredible day’s sport.
From the bank there were numerous catches into double figures with several anglers reporting Rainbows in the 4-6lb bracket. Anglian Water fishery staff member Mark Mathieson had two cracking Brown trout both falling to size 12 black buzzers and estimated at 6lb plus. One of our season ticket holders fished buzzers in Hell Bay and had a great morning catching Rainbows of 5lb 11oz and 5lb and releasing 12 others. Other notable catches included a 5lb Rainbow taken on a shrimp pattern.
Boat bookings (and payment for boats up to 11 April) are being taken over the phone by the lodges. Based on the Covid ‘road map’ we anticipate our lodges opening to customers from 12 April.
Our season tickets are also available to purchase.
The lodges are open for telephone callers 7 days a week 8am to 5pm.
Rutland 01780 686441
Grafham 01480 810531
Pitsford 01604 781350
Ravensthorpe 01604 770875
A more comprehensive report will be published next week after the first full week’s fishing.
Best Rainbow: Estimated at 6lb.
Best Brown: 6lb (estimated).
Best bank areas: Stilton, Gorse, Cliffs, No Fish Point, Duffers, Bog Bay.
Fish stocked: 10,000.