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