South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report (September 2017)


After a generally difficult summer’s fishing, water temperatures at the reservoirs have at last started to drop (down to 15ºc at time of writing), which, combined with some fresh heavy rain showers to oxygenate the water, has meant that the Trout have started to feed eagerly again. Prospects are good for surface sport, with Daddies being blown onto the water and sedge hatches as well as fry-bashing in the margins.

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Kennick – Rod averages improved dramatically over the month, from under 1 fish per angler to 2.7 fish per rod, with the best bank fishing at Clampitts Bay and the Top End; boat anglers enjoyed the best fishing over the deeper water in the centre of the lake and by the valve tower. Sub-surface patterns produced the best results – either Boobies fished deep or nymph patterns (Montanas, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs and teams of Buzzers) fished mid-water. Surface feeding fish, particularly early morning or late evening, were caught either on Hoppers or Black and Peacock Spiders and Buzzer Emergers fished in the surface film. Duncan Kier from Belstone caught the best fish of the month – a 3lb 3oz Rainbow caught from the boat using a Kennick Killer.

Siblyback – The majority of catches during September were taken either from Two Meadows or Stocky Bay, with late afternoons and evenings producing the best sport. Black Hoppers, Daddy Longlegs and Bibios all caught reasonable numbers of surface feeding fish, with fish also taking sub-surface Diawl Bach nymphs. Deeper feeding fish were caught on pulled Red Blobs, Orange Lures and Cormorants.


Burrator – Boat Bank and Longstone Peninsula produced the best fishing for bank anglers over the month, while anchored boats enjoyed success over the deeper water in the centre of the lake as well as off the slipway and the water to the north of Longstone. Buzzers proved to be popular patterns, either fished dry as emergers or sub-surface in teams. Other successful sunk patterns included Red Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and Montanas, primarily fished on floating or sink-tip lines.

Stithians – Fish are still looking up to feed, with Deer Hair Sedges, Hoppers, Hawthorns and Black Mides all catching well, although most fish are being taken on a selection of sunk patterns (Diawl Bachs, Orange Buzzers, Damsels, Montanas and Hares Ear Nymphs), with deeper feeding fish being caught on Orange Lures fished near the dam. Other popular banks include Pub Bay, Goonlaze, Pipe Bay and Mossops. Rudd fry should start to produce some exciting fry bashing in the margins.

Roadford – With fish rising in the mornings and evenings, Daddies, Hoppers and Black Spiders fished in the surface film, have all produced some exciting sport, with Daveys bank and Gaddacombe Creek fishing well from the banks. Boat anglers have enjoyed great sport, particularly fishing over the boils producing a number of full bags, as well as in Goodacre Bay and by the dam. Surface feeding fish have been taken on Daddies, Hoppers and Black Spiders, while dark patterns, such as Black Pennels and Montana nymphs, fished on sink-tip lines have caught sub-surface feeders.

Drift – Badger Bank has produced the best bank fishing, while the water off the woods has produced the best sport for boat anglers and float-tubers. Dry patterns, such as Heather Beetles and Hoppers, produced some exiting surface sport, while dark patterns, such as either Diawl Bachs or Montanas, or pulled black lures – Woolly Buggers and Tadpoles, were effective sub-surface patterns, preferably fished on a floating line.

Wistlandpound – The best fishing has been from the jetty and in the deeper water near the dam wall, with small black and green nymphs, such as Montanas, producing the best results.

Wimbleball – The banks at Bessoms have been producing the best results, with fish being caught on small nymphs (Diawl Bachs and Montanas), or deeper fished Blobs.

Chris Hall (September 2017)

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