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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 22nd March 2019

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 opened for Permit Holders on Thursday 14th March and for day ticket anglers on Thursday 21st March. The recent heavy rain has resulted in some of the tracks around the reservoir being closed. Please check with the fishery on arrival for bank access.





Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






Nothing to report.






Bristol Water Fisheries


Tel: 01275 332339




The season at Bristol Water Fisheries has just kicked off with pre-season stocking of fish as follows:

11,000 – Chew Valley Lake

7,500 – Blagdon

4,000 – Barrows

 Chew opened on the 7th March with some superb fish being caught with plenty of 4lb+ fish showing. There was a really good spread of fish with anglers catching from both boat and bank. Hot spots include Woodford Bank, Herons Green, Walley and the North Shore. A variety of methods worked well although many anglers are favouring small lures fished on sink tip or intermediate lines. Fish are feeding hard on a mixture of daphnia, corixa and alder nymphs!
Good bags of fish weighing over 30lb have been caught with most anglers at least finding one or two 4lb+ fish per visit. Despite the challenging conditions, an excellent start to the season!

Rod average: 8.86 fish per angler
Average weight: 2lb 15oz
Best rainbow: 8lb 3oz
Best brown trout: 5lb


 Opens 14th March

Barrow Tanks: Barrow Tanks opened at the end of February. It was a patchy start but anglers soon found fish feeding high in the water with fish rising on many occasions. Number 2 Tank remains closed for essential maintenance work. Tanks 1 and 3 fishing well with most anglers opting for nymphs fished slowly/static. 

Those fishing deeper down have also done well, especially on windier days. The pipe of Number 3 Tank remains a favourite amongst our bank anglers although further down the bank towards the Bristol Corner has also fished well. Some of the famous brown trout have shown to anglers fishing deeper with Boobies and fry patterns. Big brown trout, often found patrolling the bank for sticklebacks, mean it’s always worth a cast or two close in before trying to hit the horizon with your flies.

Rod average: 4.8 fish per angler
Average weight: 1lb 8oz
Best rainbow: 4lb
Best brown trout: 5lb

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




Our opening weekend set off to a delayed start with high winds hitting the fishery on Saturday.
Sunday saw much calmer conditions and many anglers braved the cold to enjoy fishing for those fantastic over wintered fish. It was also great to see Foremark Fly Fishing club fishing one of their first competitions of the season.

With a busy week of bookings ahead Carsington hope to see lots of fish being caught and much more feedback on the hot spots, best methods and favourite fly patterns.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 2 with 36 fish caught by 18 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb caught by Frank Sumnall.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Tower Bank, the North End and under the Dam Wall.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were black boobies and orange blobs.

Sinking lines have proven popular.

Spring Open 2019 Competition
Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for next years Spring Open Competition
For more information and booking contact the fishery.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




Week ending 17th March 2019
Weekly Stats: 

Number Rods: 36
Number Trout Taken: 10
Number Trout Released: 80
Total Catch: 90
Weekly Rod Average: 2.5

Another week plagued by a continuation of extreme winds which, unfortunately, forced boat cancellations once more. In fact, no boats were allowed out from Tuesday to Saturday due to the ferocity of the gales. Similarly, given the strength of the gale force westerlies, no bank anglers were prepared to venture out on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In total only 36 anglers fished this week but they did catch 90 trout representing an overall rod average of 2.5.

A few boats did fish on Monday and averaged nine fish per vessel with Richard Dayman commenting on having had a great day with eight rainbows coming to his net. Sinking line tactics, particularly Di5 sweep with slow retrieve followed by flies hung at depth, have still been the order of the day in view of the early season low water temperatures. A handful of hardy bank anglers struggled to locate fish in the high winds on Monday as conditions appeared to have pushed them out & down. However, season ticket holder Brian Allwood did have a nice brace in his morning session. He was followed by Peter Biernacki who fished the last four hours in Biggin Bay finding fish on the feed a little later in the day. Fishing his own nymph patterns on an intermediate, Peter caught & released six rainbows.

With Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday written off by the adverse conditions it was not until Friday when anglers could next get onto the banks. Nine hardy souls ventured out. Most were rewarded with some fine action – mainly in Dunns & Biggin Bay. Top rod was clearly Dave Kennell who landed 22 rainbows with many over the 3lbs mark. Dave took the majority of his fish using a midge tip line in conjunction with a Black & Green tadpole pattern. The highlight of his session proved to be a 4lbs+ overwintered rainbow which he described as bar of silver with a big, full tail. Ian Gillies also did well with a 4 fish limit for the pot and a further 10 caught & released. His best offering was a Mop Fly which he teamed with a red buzzer. Paul Lloyd joined the action at the Dunns Bay end of Biggin for a couple of hours in the afternoon. He got into straight into action on a midge tip with a hot head yellow tailed lure landing five rainbows in quick succession. He then had a real strong take at distance to find himself doing battle with a superb specimen of a brown trout which was weighed at 6lbs 2oz before being safely returned to the water.

Continuing high winds kept the boats off the water again during Saturday and only two anglers decided to bank fish. Mike Garner stuck to his favoured Cormorants which accounted for two rainbows in the shelter of Rainbow Corner, before moving down to the Overflow where he netted & released a further three. Meanwhile, Luke Orton, a newcomer to the world of fly fishing, stayed in Rainbow Corner where he succeeded in landing his four fish limit using a gold head damsel presented on an intermediate.

Boat anglers were relieved to be back out on the water on Sunday when winds at long last, dropped back below our safety limits. Fish were found holding on the drop off in Biggin Bay and season rods Martyn Price & Dave Hancox really got amongst them. Fishing fast sinking lines with blobs & boobies they took fish after fish experiencing particular success on the hang at the end of a slow retrieve. They ended their stint with Martyn on 20 and Dave on 18. Messr’s Lee and Alistar Gavin also fared well in the improved conditions boating over 20 fish in Duns Bay on a variety of lures such as pitsford peas and cats whiskers.There was also some good sport had from the bank. Lee Patten and Peter Elliott commented on an excellent day after netting 15 apiece. Draycote regular Peter Bierwnaki netted 11 fish from various points around the reservoir on nymphs.

Last week another 2,000 rainbows were stocked.

On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage Day with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe.

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




91 anglers caught 385 fish of which 321 were returned

Best Fish
Brown 7lb 2oz Scott Bowman, Weedon, boat
Rainbow 6lb 12oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Peacock Buzzer

Best Areas
Bank – coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar
Boat – west arm, dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
tequila blob/fab, candy blob, red apps, red diawl bach, grhe, black buzzer, damsel.

Another windy week with the boats only able to go out on Monday and Sunday.
A combination of sun and wind made the fishing tricky but there were good catches to be had with plenty of cloud cover.
This week looks perfect with fish guaranteed to be feeding on buzzers.
Despite the storms the water remains clear.

Sunday March 17th
AT TEFF Southern regional bank final
24 anglers had qualified with the top 12 going through to the National final at Ellerdine.
Sun and a cold, strong westerly wind made bank fishing difficult with only 50 fish landed.

Top 12 qualifiers:
1. Leigh Pond 7 fish from 3 pegs = 10 points
2. Andrew Scott 5 off 3 = 8 pts
3. Mark Haycock 4 off 3 = 7 pts
4. Craig Barr 4 off 3 = 7 pts
5. Dave Johns 3 off 3 = 6pts
6. Gary Morris 3 off 3 = 6pts
7. Andy Taylor 3 off 3 = 6pts
8. Graham Willis 3 off 3 = 6pts
9. Ian Watts 2 off 2 = 4 pts
10. Colin Fitzjohn 2 off 2 = 4pts
11. Graham Watts 2 off 2 = 4pts
12. Joel Bilner 2 off 2 = 4pts

If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30th please let Ed at the fishery know.
You will be signing competitors scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using debarbed flies.

Last chance to enter! Entries close on Sunday March 24th
There are still a few places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31st is the pairs match.
Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event.
Rules & entry forms are available at or at the Elinor lodge.

Next Stocking
March 20th

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 57
Number Trout Taken: 25
Number Trout Released: 191
Total Catch: 216
Weekly Rod Average: 3.8

A week when the fishing was dominated by the weather, rain with strong to gale force winds.

For most of the week Eyebrook was restricted to bank fishing only but with the wind from a westerly direction it allowed bank anglers to fish Dogwood, Bell, Hawthorn & platforms.

Monday, Tom Bird & Lee Henfrey fished Eyebrook on their day off & caught well into double figures as did Rodger Kerrison a Draycote member & M Jenkins & S Wright on a two day package.

Friday was the next day when conditions allowed bank anglers any success with Eyebrook member M Farrell catching 10 trout & All Water Members N Shilton returning 9 & Mark Hunt returning 4 for his 2 hour visit

Saturday fishing was again restricted to the bank with G Bateman recording 8 trout, member Bob Margery 9 trout with W Bedder & T Bedder recording 14 between them.

Most anglers opted to fish DI3 or fast sinking lines with blobs, cats whisker, damsel & booby patterns, a few rods did persevere with buzzers, cruncher & diawl with a few fish taken on those patterns.

Overall the anglers who did venture out on the bank enjoyed reasonable sport despite the weather with our weekly rod average 3.8

With a better forecast for the coming week and a further Gwash Trout farm stocking is due this week Eyebrook are looking forward to a good weeks fishing.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Week ending 17th March
Grafham had no boats out last week due to the strong winds, so nothing to report afloat but the bank anglers continued to find fish.

Grafham ranger Stuart Stenning-Whte says “My tip for the coming week is to fish the points and bays on North shore, particularly G point. The wind has been blowing onto this shore all week and so has had no fishing pressure. Once the muddy water has cleared the fish will be feeding all along this shore.”

The bank Anglers have continued to find fish feeding at Plummer car park along to the south end of the dam. This has been the only fishable area in windy conditions. Black and green lures (the early season favourite) have accounted for most of the fish – with Pitsford Pea and mini snakes doing most of the damage. In the coming week if we get some calmer weather, diawl bach and damsels on a floating line with a slow constant retrieve should produce.

Forthcoming events
Perch Masters 30 & 31 March
Anglers World Individual Flyfishing Championships 6 April
Anglers World Team Flyfishing Championships 7 April
Anglian Water Rudder Match 13 April
England Qualifier 3 May
Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
Home International 7-10 May
Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May

Beginners courses: 22 March; 6,11,19 & 23 April; 5,19,26 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 30 April, 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




The Lake was opened by Topher Nairn from Lochend – despite the snow lying thick around the country (but it wasn’t too bad at the port). The opening was assisted with some fine tunes for such a cold day, from Piper Stewart Marshall of Cambusbarron. Being only 50ft above sea level, and sheltered from many directions gives the lake its own microclimate – but the combination of sleet, snow wind and rain had many seeking the pleasures of the howff and wood burning stove within hours of going out. In the afternoon the wind dropped and nothing fell out of the sky, and some pleasant fishing was enjoyed.

The anglers who braved the weather were rewarded with some good catches with overwintered fish over 5lbs being landed. Successful tactics ranged from snakes and boobies fished on sinking lines right up to dry flies in the more sheltered areas. The wind in the morning came from east/north- east and swung all the way round through north to finish a westerly by the end of the afternoon.

The best boats on the day had over 20 fish, with good areas being Tod Hole to Lochend, Malling, Sandy Bay and also over open water from Arnmach toward Lochend.

The Jimmy Nairn Memorial for the most beautiful fish caught on opening day was won by Alan Steven from Bo’ness, pictured with the fish and holding the trophies. Alan gets to keep the bowl, carved by Jimmy’s son in law – Chris Carroll. All the beautiful fish contenders can be seen at the Lake of Menteith Fisheries Facebook Page.













Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Week ending 17th March
Fish 302 (Season 1,134)
Returns 52 (204)
Rod average 5.8 (5.5)

Strong winds last week meant an enforced break for boat anglers with bank anglers restricted to certain stretches of the bank. A rod average of 5.8 for the week is testament to the water quality and number of fish in the margins, even in a big wind.

Floating or midge tip lines have again been best with fish in the top two or three feet of water.

Small imitative patterns and small blobs/FAB’s have accounted for the majority of fish with diawl bachs and hares ear patterns best.
The prevailing wind has meant that much of the banks were not fishable, with Sailing Club and Duffers banks allowing the only shelter. The water is still very clear with visibility easily 10 feet or more.

Sunday saw the first of the Mid Northants Fly Fishers bank matches. The day had a mixed bag of weather ranging from bright sun to 30mph plus wind and frequent hail showers. Hardly surprisingly this affected the fishing with several anglers struggling. The match was fished to a four fish limit and top rod was Hank Needham who had four for 9lb. Second place went to newcomer Matt Collerson who had four for 8lb 13oz. Matt also had the biggest fish of the match at 3lb. Fraser Duffy took third place with four fish for 8lb 12oz. Special mention must go to Matt Collerson who only began fly fishing five months ago, having enrolled on one of Anglian Water’s beginners courses with Peter Hartley.

The forecast for the coming week is looking far more settle so both boat and bank should fish well.

Fish stocked: 2,500.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses: 24 & 30 March; 3 and 16 April; 2 and 18 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May and other dates throughout the season.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





Week Ending 17th March

Rod average 6.5 (Season 10.1)
Due to high winds all week it’s been a quiet time with boats finally getting out on Sunday 18 March. The weather has now improved considerably.

Despite the high winds the fishery had quite a few visits from bank anglers who chose to fish in the area of Platforms 2-5 due to the direction of the strong and gusty conditions. Between three of the regular bank anglers, who paid seven visits, 41 fish were landed, one of which weighed 13lb 11oz and fell to Kevin Daykin.

Now the weather is more settled boat angling will provide plenty of great sport as well as the bank.

Best Rainbow: 13lb 11oz taken by Kevin Daykin.

Best bank areas: In front of, or between, Platforms 1-4

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Week ending 17 March 2019
Fish 137
Returns 48
Rod average 2.85

The tough start to the season continued last week with the big westerly winds preventing boats from going out. Although limited on fishable bank, Whitwell Creek and East Creek produced for bank anglers who ventured out last week.

Ade Naylor reported taking a fine rainbow of 4lb 2oz from East Creek on an intermediate line and black Humungus. Graham Hayward fished Whitwell Creek during the week and took 20 rainbows in a session – black and green tadpole, long leader to get down and a slow retrieve the tactics. Tom Cooper fished Whitwell after work on Tuesday and recorded 7 nice rainbows for his efforts.

Boats went out on Sunday 17th for the first time after the enforced ‘wind break’ with anglers reporting plenty of fish in Church Bay and off East Creek. Highlight of the week was Toff Crowther taking a new personal best rainbow of 6lb 11oz. The superb overwintered specimen fell to a perch pattern from the harbour wall, what a great way to get the season’s best list going!

Prospects for the week ahead look good with a better weather forecast and a further 5,250 fish stocked bringing the season total to 17,250. 2,000 of those were quality browns of exceptional quality which we look forward to seeing grow on into some of Rutland’s finest!

Best Rainbow: 6lb 11oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Fish stocked: 17,250.

Forthcoming events
Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April
Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 29 April
Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
Bob Church Classic 2 June

Beginners courses: 23 & 28 March; 7,14,20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

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