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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 12th 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.

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




The annual Autumn Open Competition took place last Saturday, with 36 anglers taking part and the full fleet of boats out. The competition began at 9.20am; with no time bonuses being awarded for an early finish this fishing proved to be difficult. 77 fish were weighed in with most anglers finding success around Fishtail Creek and the Main Basin.

A large number of fish over 4lb were caught and recorded.
The overall winners were Kevin Saxton and Jack Westbury with a combined bag weight of 27lb 8oz.

The heaviest individual bag was won by Rod Goldthorpe with a 16lb 8oz haul.  
The heaviest fish was awarded to Adam Larbalestier with a 6lb 3oz rainbow, making him the first angler to be awarded with the new ‘John Wilson Memorial Trophy’. John Wilson was Carsington Water’s very first Fishery Manager and John’s family in his memory has kindly donated the trophy.
The Spring 2019 competition will be on Saturday 27th April 2019. Bookings are being taken online or by contacting the fishery.

The rod average for last week was 3.64 with 397 fish caught by 109 anglers.

The heaviest Rainbow was 6lb 3oz caught by Adam Larbalestier.

The heaviest Brown was 4lb 8oz caught by Chad Critchley.

The most popular spots have been around Buoys 3 & 4, Fishtail Creek, the Dam Wall and the Main Basin.

The most successful flies were dry flies, black and green lures, Snakes, Blobs and Hoppers.

Intermediate and floating lines with a sink tip have both been used this week with some anglers reporting the dapping method to be successful too.


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

Kevin Saxton and Jack Westbury winners of the Carsington Autumn match.
Kevin Saxton and Jack Westbury winners of the Carsington Autumn match.

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Dates for your Diaries 

Blue Trout Trophy has been 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




Number Rods: 83
Fish: 179
Rod Average: 2.2

The fish have moved in closer to the banks and some of last week’s stocking have located themselves in and around the Cascade. There has been the odd day of heavy frost, which has delayed the opening of the pontoon. The water level of the reservoir continues to gradually rise and for the first time the pontoon has been moved in and a section of the temporary walkway has been removed. Never the less it will take considerable time to recover the water level to normality.

The top dam wall and the tower including the aerators is still providing a productive location for boat fishing. However, whilst number 1 Buoy remains a hot spot most boats have caught on the drift through the Main Basin. The Cascade has produced some significant catches most of which have been caught near the bank in shallow water. The bank angling continues to improve, the productive areas being the bank/dam wall in front of the lodge, Verdun’s Point and Hut Point. The successful fly patterns have been various lures, Cats Whiskers, Damsels, Hoppers, nymphs, fry imitations and Daddies.

At the beginning of the week Scotty Wilson caught 10 from a boat on a CDC Hopper and Nev Steed four from the bank. On Tuesday Paul Walker caught 10 from a boat on a Kate McLaren whilst Mr T Hutchinson caught the fish of the week by catching a 5lb 5 oz brown trout from the top dam wall. Mr J Fogg on Wednesday caught five from a boat from around the tower. On Friday Scotty Wilson landed 15 from the aerators and Paul Walker landed 11. On Sunday all the boats were in use, six of the boats being used by Foremark Fly Fishers in a Ray Gibson memorial trophy match. Ric Saccone won the competition with six fish weighing 13 lbs, the best fish weighing 2 lb 11oz. Big thanks go to Jody for the organisation of the competition. Ricky Cotterill who was not in the competition caught 10 from the Cascade on nymphs on a floating line from the Cascade. The successful lines were floating, and intermediate /sink tip and the best boat option was to drift.

On the 28th October there is an open competition charity match on the behalf of prostate cancer, fishing from 10am to 3pm, followed by a buffet and a raffle. Please telephone the lodge to make a reservation to support this charity event.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Fish: 98
Returns: 57
Rod average: 1.71

This week has seen some changeable weather at Grafham Water. Although the fishing has been tough in recent weeks the cold windy weather has definitely helped angers find and catch fish in the later part of the week.

The rule of thumb seems to be that if you find clear water you will find the fish. Shrimp, Hare’s Ears or Diawl Bachs with a Blob or Booby on the point seems to be the way forward.

A lot of bank anglers fishing and catching at Mander car par at the early part of the week and the north shore at the later part.

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

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.

Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank): 25 November

Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 11 and 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




The 2018 SANACC Champion of Champions Final was held on Lake of Menteith last Friday. The day started off calm and misty but this soon lifted with a cool breeze also getting up from the north. The hotspots from practice days had been around The Butts and Lochend and most boats started in these areas. Later in the day other areas such as International Bay and in front of the boathouse switched on and this was to have a pivotal effect on the result.

The winner on the day was Bobby Quinn of Ayr Travellers AC. Bobby weighed in two fish for 4lb 14.4ozs and returned a further 17 fish, each awarded 2lbs, giving a total weight of 38lb 14.4ozs. Bobby caught fish at Shear Point, Lochend and International Bay and was fishing Cormorants and orange and tan daddy-long legs on a 6ft midge tip.

Agonisingly close behind was John Paul Maestri of Blackloch AC. He also had 19 fish for a total weight of 37lbs 5.8ozs. John Paul was blank up until 1.30pm but found success with a midge tip line and Cormorants in Hotel Bay and close in at the boat beach.

Third place went to John Buchanan of Costa Ecosse. John landed 15 fish for a total weight of 29lbs 13.1ozs. John was fishing at The Butts and open water in the East Basin with two Boobies and Cormorants on a 6ft midge tip

The 61 anglers landed a total of 411 fish for 859.01ozs. The rod average was 6.74.

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Fish: 757
Returns: 143
Rod average: 5.3

Pitsford is fishing well with a rod average of 5.3 for the week. Many of the 757 fish caught were over the 3lb mark.

Both bank and boat are fishing really well with fish feeding hard on fry, shrimp and snails. Browns are now showing in numbers and are in top condition.

There have been many notable catches. Tom Finney fished from a boat and had a number of browns over 5lb including some fine specimens of 6lb 8oz and 6lb 12oz and the best fish of the week at 7lb 4oz.

P Costin took the best rainbow of the week – a superb specimen of 4lb 12oz. A 5lb brown went to Jay O’Neil and a 6lb brown to Ian Hopwell. Dave Merrick recorded a 6lb 4oz brown and a 3lb 4oz rainbow. Good bags of fish fell to Andy Birkett who had 11 fish on fry patterns fishing catch and release. Alex Urquhart had 12 fish from the bank up to 3lb 8oz.

All areas of the lake are now holding fish and with a further stocking of 2,000 fish next week good sport looks set to continue.

Competition news
B C Hall
On Thursday Pitsford hosted the English Fly Fishers Association with 31 anglers catching 172 fish for a rod average of 5.5. David Moore was top rod with a ten fish limit and total weight of 20lb 7oz. Dave Froggatt had the best fish with a 3lb 8oz rainbow.

On Sunday the local Mid Northants Fly Fishers held their annual Fur and Feather match. 22 Anglers caught 112 fish for an average of 5.0. This match was fished to a five fish limit. Les Yarnall won with five fish for 14lb 10oz. Hank Needham was second with five fish for 12lb 11oz, which included the best fish a brown of 4lb 7oz.

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

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





Fish: 218
Returns: 31
Rod average: 7.0

It’s been another great week at Ravensthorpe with a rod average of 7.0. Almost all anglers are enjoying fine sport on various methods from fishing the dries to pulling Blobs or Boobies on the top or pulling wets subsurface. The fish are up for it big time.

Best boat areas: All areas.
Best bank areas: Dam.

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Fish: 4,031
Returns: 749
Rod average: 5.38

Rutland Water was in good form throughout the week with some fantastic specimen fish. Rob Edmunds netted a superb 10lb 3oz specimen brown (the third this year from Rutland). A white Rabbit proved to be the downfall for this memorable fish. The last week has been a busy week with some excellent fishing with the Anglian Water Airflo International dominating the headlines with some superb specimens coming to the scales.

Anglian Water Airflo International Final: The 2018 title went to Welsh Hawks A with an outstanding consistent performance. They weighed in 39 fish for 73lb 7oz which saw them lead on day one and on day two they dominated again to secure gold with 41 fish for 79lb 3oz. Silver medals went to FNF Falcons with 74 fish for 140lb 12oz and bronze went to Northern Drifters with 67 fish for 133lb 12oz.

James Bews of FNF Falcons was top individual rod overall with 16 fish for 37lb 9oz closely followed by Russ Owen, captain of winning team Welsh Hawks A, who brought 16 fish to the scales for 35lb 14oz. Russ said fish were found all the way down from New Zealand Point to the Blue Pipes in the Main Basin and then from Yellowstone to the Sailing Club on day one with a mixture of FAB’s and Hoppers fished as slow as possible in the big wave. On the second day Sailing Club to East Creek produced fish and Yellowstones to P Buoy. Russ managed the biggest rainbow of the event which is also the biggest rainbow caught so far this season. This superb 6lb 5oz specimen was taken off the Harbour Frontage area.

Autumn Pairs Rudder/non rudder
: All 38 anglers fishing this match caught fish. Boats were well scattered from the top of both Arms all the way through to the Main Basin. Not surprisingly big fish were caught, the best in the rudder section was taken by Martin Hearth with a 6lb 15½oz brown. Martin and Jim Watts won the Rudder section. Adi Naylor had the biggest rainbow in the rudder section; a solid looking 5½oz beauty caught in the South Arm.

In the non-rudder section the biggest fish was a 6lb 1oz rainbow caught by Mr Donald. Other notable fish included Dan Pitcher’s 5lb 9oz brown and Graham Hayward’s 4lb 8oz brown. Many methods are working from fry patterns, mini lures, wet flies etc. with a good many fish also falling to dry fly. These are the tactics used by Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward who won the non-rudder section.

Water clarity is excellent and is gin clear with lots of fish throughout the reservoir with the fish over deep water averaging 2lb. The big fish in general are closer in around the weedbeds in shallower water.

There has been an increase in bank anglers with fish showing around Whitwell Creek, the Dam (when conditions permit), Green Bank, Yellowstones, Spud Bay etc. Spilsby’s Malcolm Janik reported taking four fish between Sykes Lane and Whitwell.

World Lure Championships 11-14 October: Rutland Water hosts the World Lure Championships 11 – 14 October. The official title of this match is the 11th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat Angling Championships. Teams from around the world will go head-to-head, with Pike (50cm+), Zander (40cm+) and Perch (25cm+) scoring. We look forward to welcoming teams from across Europe, the USA and South Africa.

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October the public are being invited to come and try fishing for the first time, get back into, or try a new form of the sport. There will be taster sessions in both lure and fly fishing which are being provided by Rutland Water Fly Fishers and the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain, in association with Anglian Water. There will also be the chance to catch a trout for free. So come and have a FREE coaching session, learn how to fish or brush up on your skills, with angling activities on offer designed to encourage adults, children and young people.

Please phone the lodge (01780 686441) to check for availability before travelling as demand will be very high for the next four weeks.

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

Welsh Hawks 2018 Anglian Water winners.
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