Fish 777 (Season 6,983) Returns 224 (1,391) Rod average 3.46 (5.02)
Even though the temperatures have soared this week, the fishing has held up well for this time of year.
As you would expect, the aerators are still the ‘go to’ option for the majority of boat anglers. With a good breeze for most of the week, long drifts in the main basin between the boils have been the best way to approach them. The quality of the fish in the basin has been superb, with a good percentage of catches being around the 3lb mark.
For those seeking something different, the weedbeds have started to reveal themselves as the water level drops. There are good quality fish feeding on snails and shrimp in and around the weedbeds, but most notable are the trout that have switched on to this year’s fry, which are now an inch and a half to two inches long.
Minkies, suspender minkies and humungus have been the most successful patterns whilst targeting these predatory fish, with the best catches coming from Dickinson’s Bay and Barnsdale Creek in the North Arm, and Sailing Club Bay, Old Hall, and Yellowstone down the South Arm.
Similarly, the successful bank anglers have also been targeting the weedbeds, with Barnsdale Creek, Barn Hill Creek to Carrot Creek and Sailing Club Bay to New Zealand Point being the best spots this week.
Total stocking for season: 54,760
Don’t forget our sunset ticket option for an evening on the bank - £12 (1fish+c&r) from 6pm. Available from the ranger’s office (cash only).
Beginners Courses:16,22 & 30 August; 4,6,12,20 & 23 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01780 686441.