Rutland Water week ending 8 July

4 months ago

Fish 448 (Season 25,304) Returns 162 (4,548) Rod average 2.76 (5.56)

Despite the hot weather fishing at Rutland Water has been pretty cool! Boat anglers are enjoying the best sport, particularly in the main basin with the on going persistent north/north easterly winds creating the coolest water on the reservoir.

Drifting boats from the fishing limit buoys off the dam have been catching fish on nymphs and small lures fished on various sinking lines. The few rudder boats that went out also caught quite a few fish.

Some anglers have scored around the aerators as well, not all of them are producing fish so be prepared to search.

Last Tuesday was very productive with fish being caught throughout the day. Anglers fishing in the evening boat league had a very memorable session with good numbers of fish being caught.

Fish are feeding mainly on daphnia in the main basin in the deeper water. There are fish feeding on fry closer in, and some are taking advantage of hatches of very tiny buzzers at the moment.

A few bank anglers have ventured out. Fish have been coming out of Whitwell Creek which is also home to the Aqua Park. Spilsby angler Malcolm Janik has been catching here on a regular basis. Malcolm’s best fly at the moment has been a self tied pearly thorax pheasant tail.

Nigel Savage ventured out on Tuesday afternoon and came across fry feeding fish on the dam, he managed five rainbows to over 3lb, lost three others and missed about the same. Stocky Bay and past the Point towards Whitwell Creek has seen quality Rainbows coming close to the bank feeding well on shrimp. Suspender hare’s ear, cdc’s, or even a rough hare’s ear fished subsurface have scored. These fish are moving close to the bank so a patient and stealthy approach with minimal wading is the best choice. A good number of these fish have been overwintered around the 3-3½lb mark, so be prepared for a tussle.

Tuesday night boat league week 9
This was an amazing evening of superb sport with eleven anglers catching an incredible 55 fish. Top rod with eight fish was Rich Cooper with his father Gary taking second place, followed by Jeremy Ball in third. The best fish of the evening was taken by Paul Baker who won a mid week boat with a 4lb 2 1/8oz specimen.

Overall league leader Keith Jones has 75 points and is looking over his shoulder with Rich Cooper now only 7 points behind him on 68.

Anglian Water Fishery Questions & Answers Session

On Sunday 15th July we are hosting an Anglian Water Fishery Questions and Answers Day. Starting at 10am at Grafham Fishing Lodge, William Kirstein (Rutland Park Manager) and Angela Tarry (Grafham and Northants Park Manager) will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about Anglian Water fisheries and the wider park. The Grafham session will run from 10am until 12noon followed by a session at Rutland Water Fishing Lodge from 2pm until 4pm. Please feel free to come along with any burning questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.


Fishing stats

Best Rainbow: 4lb 2 1/8oz taken by Paul Baker.

Midweek boat winner:  G Moore of Fareham.

Fish stocked: 2,500

Forthcoming events

Tuesday Evening boat league Call lodge for details 01780 686441

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

AWAI North of England Final 16 July by qualification

Anglian Water 4 man Loch Style 8 August

WaterAid 13 September

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