South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report (May 2018)

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A couple of very warm spells brought a welcome rise in water temperatures over the month (now up to 19ºc at the surface), along with a corresponding increase in insect activity and success with floating lines and surface-fished fly patterns. Water levels at some fisheries have now started to drop.


Kennick – This fishery produced some excellent sport during May, with plenty of fish over 3lb caught, and anglers averaging 2.7 fish per rod. The most productive areas for bank anglers included the Top End (including Smithacott, Causeway Wall, and the Narrows), Clampitts Bay and the Lawns, while the favoured spots for boat anglers included The Narrows and Clampitts Bay. With a few Hawthorns and Beetles in the air, catches on dry patterns (especially Claret Snaffler) have started to improve, although nymph patterns, such as Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Montanas and Buzzers, have produced the best results. Pulled lures (Cats Whisker, Tadpoles and Kennick Killers), as well as deep-fished Booby patterns, have also caught well. The best fish caught during the month was a 7lb 2oz Rainbow, caught by Mr. T.Williams from Ivybridge, who also caught a stunning Brown Trout of 3lb 12oz, using a Cats Whisker. The annual Kennick Bank Pairs competition, held on 6 May, was won by local anglers Chris Bolt and Mike Boston, catching 12 fish, weighing 23lb 13oz, including a 4lb Rainbow caught by Mike Boston.


Siblyback – The North Bank, Marshes and Two Meadows continued to produce the best sport, with anglers averaging 2.9 fish per rod. Plenty of Buzzers, both green and black, as well as Hawthorns in the air, has meant that fish are looking up to feed and a selection of dry patterns (including Bibios, Black Gnats, Hawthorns and Beetles) have all produced good results. Successful sub-surface nymphs, fished on a sink-tip or intermediate line, included Hare’s Ears, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails and Montanas. There are a lot of fry in the margins, which has meant that pulled lure patterns (Cats Whiskers, Baby Dolls, Orange Fritz and Tadpoles) have produced some exciting sport. The best fish caught during the month was a 4lb 14oz Rainbow, caught by C.Hall from Pensilva, using a Tadpole. Water levels have started to drop, exposing some fresh bank.

Burrator – The banks around Longstone Shore continue to produce the best and most consistent fishing at Burrator for both boat and bank anglers, with excellent catch rates. Anglers averaged over 3.5 fish per rod over the month. A few fish were caught on deep Booby patterns, but fish are definitely looking up to feed, taking either shallow fished nymphs (Damsels and Montanas) fished on floating lines, or small back dry patterns. N.Hopkins from Plymouth caught the best fish of the month – a 3lb 4oz Rainbow, as part of a bag of 18 fish (on catch-and-release). A good number of large catches on catch-and-release were recorded over the month. Boat partners Al Lawson and Alan Behan had an outstanding day, catching 13 fish and 19 fish respectively, using Damsel Nymphs and Black Lures, fishing off Longstone.

Stithians – The sport has really started to pick up at Stithians as the conditions warmed, with anglers averaging just under three fish per rod, with fish well spread out over the water, with most locations producing fish (Pub Bay and Pipe Bay probably the most consistent). Fly life has been plentiful and a wide selection of dry patterns have produced some excellent top-of-the-water sport (including Black Gnats, Sedges, Daddies, Hawthorns, Hoppers, Klinkhammers and Parachute Midges), while fish have also taken sub-surface nymphs (Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsels and Montanas). Lures fished in the deeper water by the dam have also caught well.

Colliford – Not many fish are rising yet at Colliford, although a few have been caught on Black Bitz and Black Hoppers. Pulled Soldier Palmers and Zonklers are catching fish, with the preferred method being to keep on the move and cover as much bank as possible.

Fernworthy – Dry patterns have produced the most consistent results at Fernworthy, notably Hawthorns, Emergers and Sedge patterns. Sub-surface nymphs (Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears and Buzzers) have also produced good results, especially when fished on a floating line. Fish are well spread out around the margins.

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