Rutland Water week ending 31st July

2 weeks ago



The steady winds and good cloud cover provided anglers with good sport this last week. Boat anglers not only found fish on the aerators but also drifting the Normanton bank from the church to fantasy island. It wasn’t just sunk line tactics with lures with many anglers deploying a floater with nymphs that were very high in the water. Boats that solely fished the aerators recorded limits in 3 hours or so fishing! Browns to just over 6lb were recorded with plenty of quality rainbows in the 2 – 3lb+ class. Best rainbow of the week weighed in at 5lb 9oz. Although boats who ventured down the arms didn’t have much to report a number of anglers commented on the masses of this years roach and perch fry around the shoreline down both arms. Very few bank anglers have been venturing out however some fish are being seen moving very close to the bank, particularly along the Normanton bank. With the level of the reservoir dropping weed beds are being exposed in the bank anglers range. Although these can make presentation difficult they will be harbouring a lot of natural food such as fry, snail and corixa. Our resident instructor Peter Hartley has had another busy season teaching anglers across all of our waters. Saturday saw Peter took 4 budding fly anglers to the blue pipes after instruction and one of them managed their first trout on the fly, a fantastic achievement!

Prospects for the week ahead look good with reasonable temperatures, relatively settled winds and good cloud cover on the forecast. Expect the main basin to continue to provide the bulk of sport. It wont be long now before the trout turn their attention to this years fry, many of which are already approx. 3 inches long! Water clarity is excellent despite the recent hot weather.

Tuesday Night Boat league (week 10)

Vince Sparrow won the night and also the biggest fish at 3lb 2oz. Second was Chris Evans and Graham Measures in third. It is still all to play for heading into the last 2 weeks with Rick Cooper (51 points), Chris Evans (48) and Keith Jones (46) all in contention for the overall league.


Fish Stocked - 2000 (48,000 season total)

Fish week 276 (season total 20571 ), Returns 80 (season 3735) Rod average 3.45 (5.50)

Fairly quiet week as expected due to the intense heat that was forecast. However fish were caught from mid-week onwards as temperatures cooled down somewhat. Good numbers of rainbows showed in general a good mixture of fish including 3lb plus specimens. The main area that fished was the main basin (in and around the aerators). Various lines being used from floaters down to fast, to very fast sinkers. 

Prospects: Obviously cooler conditions would be beneficial with the reservoir receiving very strong winds on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, which helped to move the very hot surface levels around. Water clarity is very good considering what's happened recently. There are plentiful amount of Fry around this season with the Perch already 2 to 3 '' long with the odd sign of fish already showing interest. 

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