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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 7th December 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





Blithfield closed on Friday 23rd November 2018, and will reopen again spring 2019.






Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






There is a friendly bank competition at Brenig on the 27th of December Please book a place by contacting the fishery on 01490 420 463.






Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478





Looking for ideas for the perfect Christmas present?

Why not buy someone a day’s fishing?

Gift vouchers are available in monetary amounts of £10, £20 or £50.

Or maybe you want to pay for a boat & permit…..all sorts of options are available on Carsington’s website.

Their gift vouchers are valid for the duration of 2019 fly fishing season.

2019 Opening Weekend

It’s only three months until the start of the fishing season!
If you’re thinking about fishing Carsington next season, opening day is Saturday 16th March and they are already have several bookings. All boat bookings for the opening weekend are being taken online via their website.

The next open competition will be held on the 27th April. This competition is held in a relaxed environment with fishing allowed in known pairs. Prizes are awarded for several different categories plus some surprise spot prizes too! The winners will make their way on to our honours board displayed at reception.

Cost is £60 for the day which includes boat and 2 permits. The fishery already have several bookings for those wishing to compete for the title so why not give it a go yourself.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




2019 Season Permits: New for 2019 the ALL WATER SEASON PERMIT from £480.00 gives you the flexibility to fish all their waters. Contact the lodge for further detail or call 01788 812018

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers, fly fishing tuition & beginner days makes a perfect Christmas gift. Visit the online store

Dates for the Diary

Draycote closed for the season on Friday 30th November 2018.

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




88 anglers caught 424 fish of which 342 were returned

The lodge end of the lake continues to hold most fish.

This time last year anglers needed to walk to Shallow Bay and the West Arm to catch.

In cloudy conditions the fish are still being taken near the surface with floater and washing line or dries working.

The water is incredibly clear so if the sun is out then the fishing is much harder. Anglers scaling down to lighter leaders and smaller flies have continued to catch.  On frosty mornings the afternoons have seen more action. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am – 2pm or Midday until dark. Next stocking December 7th

Best Fish
7lb 0oz  Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, black snake, boat
6lb 0oz  Mr Levkouskis
5lb 8oz  Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, bloodworm, boat

Best Areas
Bank – Dam, Boat Bay, Brookside
Boat – Lodge End

Best Patterns
Apps Bloodworm, small black Buzzer, Tequila FAB/Booby, Suspender Buzzer, black Hopper, small Damsel, olive/black Snake

Forthcoming Competition 

The perfect excuse to get some fresh air between Christmas and New Year.
Saturday December 29th C&R bank competition. £45.00 entry fee includes fishing fees (£30.00 for season ticket holders)
£700 first prize! Cash prizes for top 5. Tackle prizes for 6th – 10th
Full details on Iain Barr Facebook or at the fishery.

The ideal Christmas gift

Fishing ticket vouchers make a great gift.
Ed can supply anything from a half day permit to a full season permit. 
Please email him with your requirement and they will be posted to you.

Pike Fishing

Two more weekends available when anglers can fish for pike from boats. 
December 8 & 9
December 22 & 23.

Fishing is 7.30am until dark
Lures or sea deadbaits only. 

Payment in advance to secure booking.

Single angler boat £27.50
; Two anglers boat £45.00

Bookings/further info by email or telephone 01832 720786

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



End of season Report 2018 from the Fishery Staff at Eyebrook.

Season Stats:
Number Rods: 6,216
Trout Taken: 5,914
Number Trout Released: 19,047
Total Catch: 24,990
Seasons Rod Average: 4.02

The 2019 season will begin on Friday 8th March with bank restrictions in place, boat bookings are now being taken. Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

Eyebrook are now taking reservations for memberships for the 2019 season. Eyebrook membership starts from £435.00 Numbers are strictly limited so please get in touch with the Eyebrook staff and make them aware of your interest. Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

New for 2019 will be the New All Water Membership allowing those members to spread their visits across all our waters options start from £480.00. Memberships are sold with visit and fish killed limits. Please give your details to the fishery staff to receive an information pack on memberships or Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

Eyebrook will hold an open day on Sunday 16th December where staff will be taking payment for memberships. They will also be holding the Spring Fair along side Eyebrook tackle shop, a date for this this during February is yet to be confirmed.

Foremark Reservoir


Tel: 01283 703202




No report this week






Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Fish: 58(season 12,422)
Returns: 26 (2,933)
Rod average: 2.23 (4.24)

There are fish feeding all across the reservoir, although the banks and boats have been particularly quiet. A rod average of 2.2 is much lower than many anglers are reporting to the rangers.

Depending on conditions, you will want to fish Hare’s Ears up in the water on a floating line, although keeping the line tight rather than an active retrieve is more likely to succeed. On the complete opposite scale a lure pulled through quickly, whether it be a Minkie, Snake or Humungous, will see you land a few on your day. Many anglers are struggling to find the fish although you can be sure to find them on heavier areas of substrate, so come along and visit the banks and plan your day in advance.

Whilst water levels are down collecting valuable information on areas of mussel beds, gravel or heavy stone will certainly increase your chances over the next few months. There has been an explosion in small perch numbers this year and the trout will be feeding on them readily, tie a few patterns to mimic perch fry or pop into the lodge to collect some of the current patterns we carry.

Please remember to re-familiarise yourselves with the wading regulations across Anglian Water. Due to the soft silt and clay you can slowly sink or become trapped. The best way to avoid this is to wade no deeper than your thighs.

Due to the receding water all boat anglers will require at the very least wellies or waders. The pontoon is no longer accessible so please ask in the shop or a ranger for directions to temporary measures. This sadly means the wheelie boat is unavailable until further notice. Boat times may vary from those specified so that we can get everybody in safely. Rangers will be around to assist you on and off the boats and we advise contacting the duty ranger before you return to the shore. Please do not leave any boats unattended.
Best boat areas: Willows, south dam, G marker, in front of lodge, Perry Point, Hill Farm, the bowl.

Best bank areas: The Seat, Sludge bank, the dam, Willows, G bank area, Hill Farm.

Forthcoming Events

Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




No Report this week






Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




No report this week






Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





No report this week






Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




It’s been a challenging week for fishing at Rutland, with both trout and predator anglers struggling to find fish in greater numbers, picking only the odd one or two in various spots. Boat anglers have fared better as fish are being noticed just out of reach of the bank anglers.

The best spots have been along the buoy line off the Dam, along Normanton Bank, in front of and in Sailing Club Bay.

Bank anglers have been finding it hard with the changeable wind direction and speed. The Fur and Feather match on Sunday was a prime example as blustery westerly winds made it hard to get a line out in most popular spots. Anglers were dotted along the banks between the Sailing Club and the Dam with two brave souls fishing straight in to the wind off the dam.

Although the Harbour Wall and Lodge Harbour were out of bounds for those fishing the Fur and Feather, large rainbows have been seen taking fry from the Harbour and anglers have been estimating fish up to 5lb. Fish have been caught mainly on fry patterns but spooned fish have been eating corixa, shrimp and daphnia.

The Fur and Feather match was won with a bag of two fish which were caught off the Transformer/Finches bank. Despite the weather conditions anglers enjoyed some festive prizes and thanks go to Jon Marshall for creating the Christmas hampers.

Rob Hardy, Jim Hunter, Lee Henfrey and Adi Naylor all took home a hamper each, Tony Smith and Ranger Matt Tabram took home prizes too. The prize for best fish also went to Rob Hardy.

Rutland Water would like to thank everyone who took part in far from ideal conditions.

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