Fish 223 (Season 36,832) Returns 77 (7,410) Rod average 2.89 (4.99)
Many specimen fish have been caught at Rutland Water by both bank and boat anglers. The biggest fish last week was a 10lb Brown caught and safely returned by tackle shop assistant Graham Hayward. This fish fell to a steadily retrieved booby off the fishing lodge frontage. Graham also had other Browns that day estimated up to 6lb. A number of quality Rainbows were caught around the 4lb mark. Toff Crowther and retail manager Neil Atkins joined Graham later in the day and added Browns and Rainbows to 4lb.
Nigel Savage took a boat out last Monday with good friend Simon Smith. The pair netted five fish down the South arm using minkies and floating fry. Four other fish were lost plus others missed in both patterns. Nigel caught and safely returned a 7lb 4oz Brown later in the day.
Brown trout record holder Tom Cooper fished the harbour on Sunday, encountering some nice Browns and netting a good 4½lb Rainbow.
Simon and Elliot Guthrie from Newcastle enjoyed a four day boat fishing trip to Rutland last week. The pair had around 8 Browns, the best of which was 7lb 1oz (caught by Simon).They also had some nice Rainbows with fish around 3½ - 4lb mostly caught on fry patterns, with the sailing club producing a lot of the better fish.
Prospects from the bank are good with the harbour attracting a lot of anglers. However, there is plenty of shoreline to investigate with fry patterns appealing to the bigger fish.
The fishing lodge frontage is also proving popular with boat anglers but there are many areas to explore across the reservoir with fry patterns effective with the better fish. Good methods are blobs, mini lures and tubes. Nymphs are useful if the weather is settled and there is a hatch of buzzer.
Book now for the last matches of the season at Rutland Water – Rudder Match on 17 November and Rutland’s popular Fur & Feather (bank match) on 2 December. Please call the lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.
Winter restrictions came into play on Thursday 1 November and certain bank areas are closed to fishing ie Sailing Club onwards and left of the transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay.
Also from 1 November no Brown trout to be taken, any hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.
During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Anglian Water Rudder match 17 November
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.