Rutland Water week ending 26 September

2 months ago

Fish week 1,598 Returns 411 Rod average 3.89

Boat anglers are enjoying the best of the sport at the moment with a recent stocking of Rainbows providing a lot of interest in the Main Basin. Boat anglers are also finding fish around the shorelines/weedbeds. We have had Browns to 7lb reported along with some excellent grown on Rainbows showing in these areas as well with fish in the 3-5lb bracket being netted. However, our rangers are also receiving reports of ‘bigger’ Rainbows hooked and lost; one in the 10lb bracket was mentioned and another around the 8lb mark. We are also hearing of rainbows following, but frustratingly not taking, so prospects look promising. 

The bigger fish are generally feeding on this year’s fry; mainly 2 to 3 inch perch, and or, snails which have featured in the diet of both species of fish this season. 

The best tactics for these fry feeders have been suspender/popper minkies, floating fry, minkies, black and white humungus. For the snail feeders; c.d.c., hares ear etc. Don’t fish too light around the weedbeds as a bit of bullying is required to keep the fish away from the weed. Daddy Long Legs have been about in good numbers with a few anglers reporting catching on them. Two anglers from the Suffolk area actually used the old method of ‘dapping’ with ‘live’ daddies and  secured six Rainbows for their efforts. 

Bank fishing is still slow but there are gaps in the weedbeds and the water level has dropped quite quickly recently making access even better. It’s just a matter of time before the bank fishing takes off. 

Recently stocked fish are to be found in the main basin and down the south arm and Old Hall area. For the specimen fish, both Browns and Rainbows, try around the extensive weedbeds for the fry and snail feeders. 

With the predator season now well under way and a busy time for competitions many days are already fully booked and several more have limited availability. To avoid disappointment please book your boats direct with the fishing lodge by calling 01780 686441. All boats are booked 30 September to 4 October inclusive (match and  practice days leading up to the match). 

Fish stocked: 2,500. 

Forthcoming events 

2 day team match 3 & 4 October organised by Iain Barr 
Autumn Trout Pairs 9 October Rudder and non Rudder sections. More information from Rutland fishing lodge 01780 686441
Lake Challenge (lure competition) 10 October. All remaining non match boats booked. 

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