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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 5th October 2018

We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.

Blithfield Reservoir


Tel: 01283 840284




Water temperatures have continued to fall slowly bringing about an improvement in sport at Blithfield. The rod average is 2.01.The most significant change is the gradual improvement in bank sport, and whilst boat returns still remain the better of the two, bank returns are creeping upwards with some excellent fish recorded during the past week.

Several specimen trout of 3lb plus have been caught from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake and the best fish of the week, a stunning, naturally grown on brown trout of 5lb 4ozs was caught on a black CDC Hopper from the South Lake Bank by permit holder Mr. David Marlow who fished for just a couple hours in the evening.

Other notable returns this week include Mr. Paul Walker who fished for a couple of hours in the evening and returned a total of five fish from the South Lake banks; on the same day visiting rods Mr. Rock and Mr. Southall spent a few hours fishing the South Lake from a boat and returned a total of eight fish between them, a number matched by visiting rods Mr. Bill Stubbs and Mr. Steve Ratcliffe who also fished from a boat on the same day. On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of six fish to his boat, caught on a mixture of both dry and wet Daddy Longlegs imitations. The 28th saw permit holder Mr. Brian Jones venture out in a boat and, using Baby Doll patterns, recorded a total of five very nice fish to his boat with several more being tempted by the pattern and one of “at least 5 lbs” which broke Brian’s line! On the 29th permit holders Mr. Barry Turner and Mr. Alan Miles returned a total of seven fish to their boat whilst rounding off the week on the 30th visiting rod Mr. Paul Cook recorded a boat total of 8 fish, all safely released to swim for another day.

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




109 anglers caught 271 fish for a rod average of 2.49.

There has been an increase in the number of anglers out over the past week enjoying the calmer conditions after last week’s strong winds. Most boats have being fishing a drift from the middle of the Main Basin towards the East bank. The heaviest fish was a 5lb rainbow with two browns also at 5lbs. There were many other fish caught at 4lbs and above.

The most popular spots have been around Fishtail Creek, Millfields, the Main Basin and Buoy 4.

The most successful flies were dries, snakes, bibios, buzzers, boobies and black and green lures with intermediate and floating lines with a sink tip doing well.

Last Day of the 2018 Fishing Season will be Sunday 4th November

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




Number Rods: 375
Number Trout Taken: 421
Number Trout Released: 935
Total Catch: 1356
Weekly Rod Average: 3.22

Draycote has experienced a sunny week with very little cloud, with it only making an appearance on Sunday. This week has really felt like the start of autumn with chilly frosty mornings. Despite the cold starts and less than ideal conditions a total of 1356 fish have been caught by 421 anglers giving a rod average of 3.2. Despite of the sun flies fished in the top three feet of the water have scored the best with dries featuring heavily on the catch returns, with snakes and fry imitations starting to score well.

A cool start Monday meant the first real frost on the ground and as a result the water temperature hit 15°C. A bright day teamed with a northerly wind didn’t bode well for the anglers taking to the water. However, the fish still pulled back with anglers catching well to post a rod average of 4.7. The best catches of the day came to dry fly tactics despite the sun. Ed Douglas found the fish willing to come up for a size 12 big red Hopper around X Buoy landing 16. While Kevin Rees fishing in the same area found Bob’s Bits to be his top pattern landing 14.

Wednesday saw Draycote host the Association of Major Fishing clubs’ Group Two match. Another bright day greeted the anglers competing with once again the wind coming from the South West. At the start of the match there was an even spilt of boats with half heading for Toft and the others for Rainbow Corner with a couple opting for the open water around X Buoy. This proved to be the best area for the match with several limits coming from drifting from X to S Buoy and Croft Shoal. The best methods for the match was to either fish dries or to washing line nymphs on a midge tip with a small blob on the top dropper. At the end of the day Bewl A took top spot with GWFFA taking a very close second with some great sport had by all as the match produced a rod average of 5.1.

Rudder regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 17 fish to the boat finding the best sport drifting near J Buoy and down the Farnborough Dam on Saturday. Mr Purves & Mr Malcolmson enjoyed great sport on pink snakes drifting around H Buoy to Farnborough spit and into toft fishing on a Di 3 sinking line landing 34 fish. Ian Buckley & Vince Aronica also used snakes and tubes on various sinking lines.

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 361
Number Trout Taken: 429
Number Trout Released: 1159
Total Catch: 1588
Rod Average: 4.3

A very busy week at Eyebrook with the majority of the trout caught in the upper 2ft with floating lines, midge tips and intermediates being the only lines you require.
Monday we had a number of anglers out practicing for the Police Pairs competition organised by Steve Owen. On match day fishing to a four fish kill limit they averaged 3.9 the eventual winning pair were Rodger Symonds & Chris Howkins with Graham Homer & Roy Taylor second.

Wednesday was another busy day with a rod average 5.5 with anglers catching on small Daddies, Diawl Bach and CDC’s. Mr Firth & A Whale caught 28 on CDC’s.

On Friday Firth & Whale continued to catch on CDC patterns boating 17, with several anglers out on the water practicing for the AMFC competition the following day. Most reported good catches with fish taken on a variety of patterns from FAB’s to dries although they all agreed, you didn’t need to fish anything faster than an intermediate.

On Saturday the wind was back in the south west a gentle 9 mph breeze, conditions looked good for the 36 AMFC competitors fishing to a four fish kill and four fish catch & release. The average for the competition was 7.8 with the winning team Fish Hawkes closely followed by Invicta A.

Sunday and a cold northerly wind did slow the catches although member S Lawrence caught 12 for his mornings visit with James Brittan catching 11 on a variet of patterns, diawl, blobs & boobies. Derby Angling Club returned a rod average of 4.2 for their visit

With the water temperature dropping off fast we are now allowing pike fly fishing again. Further reports of pike of over 20lbs been caught over the weekend with a 29lb4oz pike pictured on our Facebook page Flyfishstore along with a photo of Rick Varley 31lb pike caught the week before. Fly fishing is the only permitted method allowed at Eyebrook. The Eyebrook record currently stands at 31lb and is shared by Rick Varley & Jobe Burnham who caught his earlier this year on the fly. If you have any questions about pike fly fishing please speak to Jobe Burnham at the Lodge. Jobe is our Pike fishing guide on the reservoir and is always more than happy to help.

The forecast for the week looks to much more settle and the wind will return to the west. For updates contact the Eyebrook lodge – 01536 770 264

Dates for your Diaries 

Blue Trout Trophy has ben postponed to Sunday the 14th October – Traditionally the Blue Trout Trophy is a team match between the EDFF and Eyebrook members but this has been opened up into a pairs match with each pair also fishing for the Eyebrook or EDFF. Please bring a raffle prize to support the EDFF.  To book call the lodge – 01536 770 264

Eyebrook Fur and Feather Sunday 28th October – This popular pairs match will be fished to a 12 fish kill to the boat. Bacon rolls will be served in the morning and warm soup into the evening. Please bring a raffle prize to support the EDFF. To Book call the Lodge – 01536 770 264

Foremark Reservoir


Tel: 01283 703202




On the 26th September the fishery was stocked with a further 500 fish some of which were more than 2.5lbs in weight. The bank angling continues to improve. On two days there has been a heavy frost, and especially on one day the pontoon was delayed in opening due to the frost and ice both in the boats and on the pontoon and walkway leading to the pontoon.

The water temperature is gradually falling and is now holding at 14C. The water level is at last starting to rise and Severn Trent water has three pumps active at Eggington, where the water is extracted from the Dove and pumped into Foremark. This Cascade has plenty of water now gushing into Foremark.

The wind direction this week has been variable and although not strong it has produced some difficult fishing conditions with some strong gusts.

The best fishing areas at the beginning of the week were the top dam wall and the Aerators with the fish appearing to have moved closer to the dam wall. The Cascade, now in full flow, produced some fish towards the end of the week. The top end of the Carvers Arm after the recent stocking has also produced fish for the boat angler. The hot spot for bank fishing was the beach, dam wall, in front of the Fishing Lodge and Verdun’s Point. The best fly patterns were Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hoppers, holographic Crunchers, Daddies, small perch lures and black/green lures.

An excellent bag of eight fish was caught by Brian McFadden from the Beach in front of the lodge on Pheasant Tail Nymphs and black Damsels. Kevin Taylor who was on a tuition day, being coached by Kevin Hart caught three trout. Scotty Wilson fishing from a boat landed nine fish on floating fry lures and Hoppers. Ricky Cotterill boat fishing landed 12 fish on a floating line using Crunchers mostly in the Cascade.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Fish 123 Returns 47 Rod average 2.62
There is a slight increase in the rod average to 2.62 for the week, although there are many anglers achieving more than this.

Areas of coloured water and some algae haven’t stopped anglers catching fish. With the fish beginning to switch on many area’s are producing one or two fish, though fishing the right areas and keeping on the move will help you locate more readily feeding stock. Mr Roy Anderson caught a fantastic 11 fish from a boat on Thursday.

Many anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water. The washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip with traditional flies such as Muddlers, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ears are working well, along with the many others using FAB’s, Blobs and Boobies for good results. Dries are working well too, particularly in a bit of wave, with the outskirts of Gaynes Cove being a hotspot currently. In coloured areas a sinking line is preferred.

The fish are mostly sitting deeper though according to the wealth of information provided from our predator anglers and their superb sonar equipment. Fish have been witnessed coming up for spells to feed before sinking back down. On the easterly side of the reservoir predator anglers are seeing large pods of fish at about 20-30 feet down whereas fish are around 10-20 feet deep on the westerly side.

With the cooler nights setting in and some recent ground frosts it is likely that the last remaining areas of algae will clear and conditions will improve ready for an autumnal fishing spectacular.

Competition news
Grafham Water are delighted to announce the return of the Shrimpmasters! This sociable bank league is fished on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!

Best boat areas: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

Best bank areas: Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




The Lake is fishing really well just now and there are an estimated 5000 fish still to be stocked. The water temperature is 12C with the Secchi Dish reading at 2.5m. Menteith hosted the 2018 Ladies National with Jean Ferguson taking top honours. Jean caught six fish and was handed the Bunty Webster Championship Trophy by Lana Taylor. The best new comer was Anne MacInnes. The Combined champion (which involves a heat at Carron) was Jane Wright.

Jean Ferguson was handed the Bunty Webster Championship Trophy by Lana Taylor.
Jean Ferguson was handed the Bunty Webster Championship Trophy by Lana Taylor.

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Fish 502 Returns 98 Rod average 5.1

Better weather this week has seen the bank fishing coming alive with reports of double figure catches. The best areas have been Stone Barn, Cliffs and North Arm shore, with snail and shrimp patterns proving the most effective methods. Dave Strudwick netted 14 at Stone Barn on shrimp.

Boats are still producing good catches on dries, washing line fry patterns along the Narrows and the main basin. The police match this week had 15 anglers who caught 48 fish. The best fish of the match was a 3lb 6oz rainbow taken by Steve Fowler. The best rainbow of the week weighed 6lb and was taken by Graham Pearson. Roy Anderson took the best brown of the week which also weighed 6lb.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association are hosting open taster sessions on Saturdays as follows:- 13th October 2-5pm; 3rd November and 1st December 1-4pm.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





Fish 194 Returns 24 Rod average 8.0

Anglers have enjoyed great sport at Ravensthorpe this week. The 8.0 rod average proves that most anglers are being kept very busy fishing dries and nymphs, FAB’s and Blobs either drifting or anchored. Water clarity is almost back to normal.

Best boat areas: Main bowl.

Best bank areas: Dam

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Rutland Water has been fishing well; some notable catches include John Liddy and John Anderson who visited from Ireland for four days last week. The pair had well over 50 fish to their nets, mainly rainbows up to 2½lb-3lb. Wet fly, buzzers and Diawl Bach’s proved very successful. The pair commented on the great condition and hard fighting quality of the fish.

Paul Friend and Ken Merridan fished last Wednesday and had a good day with 12 quality rainbows up to 3lb 8oz. They fished Rudder tactics.

Nigel Woolnough from Oakham hadn’t fished for a while, but following some advice on tactics and methods from ranger Nigel Savage, he boat fished down the South Arm fishing small flies/nymphs. He returned to the lodge beaming after a very good day’s boat fishing.

Trevor Hardy from Stowmarket had a cracking 5lb 4oz brown that had been feeding on perch fry. Trevor commented that he’d had rainbows out in the open water, but then decided to fish closer in around the weedbeds, fishing one of his old favourite spots. He had a really big brown follow his fly straight away, but it turned away, but Trevor’s perseverance paid off and shortly afterwards he had the 5lb fish.

Top anglers from across Europe are fishing at Rutland Water this week in the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International. This prestigious two-day match concludes on Wednesday 3 October. Full results in next week’s Fishery News.

Throughout October the fishing lodges are open daily 8am-4pm

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  • Why no reports from kielder water, surely it’s big enough x

    • Hi John – We welcome fishery reports from all the major big waters in the UK. We currently use the reports which are emailed through to us on a weekly basis. If Kielder or any other fishery would like to be included then please could the fishery report be emailed to Many thanks!