Fish week 344 (Season 28,200) Returns 131 (4,370) Rod average 2.62 (6.45)
Anglers made 131 returns last week recording 344 fish for a rod average of 2.62. The majority of anglers took to the boats with varied results. The aerators in the main basin drew a lot of attention again, however, other areas also fished well, with much bigger fish recorded including some good Browns. Last Friday anglers reported Browns up to 7½lb whilst fishing up the North Arm. The best recorded Brown of the week weighed just under 7lb and was caught last Sunday afternoon. Two fine specimen Browns of 5lb 3oz and 6lb 5oz were also caught during the Tuesday Evening Boat League.
Two of our season ticket holders fished last Thursday recording 11 quality Rainbows on various tactics. Last Saturday two anglers reported great sport drifting off East Creek through to the fishing lodge and down to the church, with 8 good Rainbows and a Brown, plus lots of follows and takes fishing minkie and poppers on the surface. One or two anglers have mentioned that they have had good sized Rainbows between 6 and 8lb plus following their flies to the boat. It’s only a matter of time before the fry feeding begins in earnest.
Water clarity is excellent in most areas around the reservoir, with plenty of great visibility.
The best boat areas are the aerators and drifts onto the monument (Sykes area and Normanton, blue pipes etc), East Creek to the fishing lodge frontage, Barn Hill Creek to Armley Wood, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point and all the weed beds around the shoreline worth having a go.
Although not many bank anglers are fishing at the moment there are still fish close into the shoreline, feeding on snails, shrimp and now fry which are in abundance. This season’s fry seems to be mainly Perch and Roach which are around 1½ to 3 inches long. Sooner or later fish will start to respond with fry patterns, dries and nymphs the flies to use.
Tuesday Night Boat League
The best fish of the penultimate night of the league was a superb 6lb 5oz Brown which was worth a maximum of 15 points. Tuesday 10 August is the final night of the league, there are four anglers in with the chance to seize the top prize.