South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report (June 2018)

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A prolonged period of hot, dry, bright and sunny weather, with air temperatures approaching 28 ºc,  has resulted in an increase in water temperatures to well over 20ºc and most of the fish activity has been in the mornings and evenings – they have tended to stay low during the bright midday sun. Water levels at some fisheries have now started to drop.

Kennick – Catch rates have dropped a little during the hot weather, with anglers averaging 1.6 fish per rod, with most fish being caught during the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, with boats catching well in the cooler, deeper water. The most productive bank areas have included Clampitts Bay, near the Valve Tower, and off the Causeway. Beetle patterns and Claret Snafflers have worked well on the surface to rising fish, although Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs and teams of Buzzers fished on intermediate lines have produced the best results. Deeper fished Boobies and Orange Blobs fished on sinking lines have fished well, especially during the middle parts of the day. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 10oz Rainbow, caught by Mr Spencer from Appledore. Local angler Tom Hendy caught a 4lb 9oz Rainbow using a Damsel Nymph. Mr D Hockin caught the best bag of the month – 13 fish all caught from a boat.

Siblyback – There have been plenty of midges on and above the water and, with fry in the margins as well, the fish have been active across the fishery, with fish regularly topping in Crylla and the Marshes. Weekly rod averages have been up to 4.1 fish per rod, with the most productive areas including Two Meadows, Stocky Bay and the Marshes. Successful dry patterns included Hoppers, Bibios, Black Gnats and Hawthorns, while Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Pheasant Tail nymphs all consistently caught sub-surface feeding fish. Jamie Coleman caught the best fish of the month – a 3lb 8oz Rainbow, as part of an astonishing bag of 25 fish using a buzzer while fishing from the bank.

Burrator – The water level is now down to 50%, which means that a lot more of the bank has opened up to anglers. In spite of the warm weather, anglers averaged 2.6 fish per rod. The best areas included Longstone Point and Bank, while boats caught well when fishing between the two dams. Small black dry patterns cast to rising fish have caught well, as have Damsel Nymphs and Montanas fished on intermediate lines. Deeper fish have taken Boobie and Blob patterns on sinkers. Al Lawson enjoyed a great session, catching a bag of eight fish (five Browns, three Rainbows), mainly on a dry Sedgehog, while fishing below the Discovery Centre.

Stithians – This fishery continues to fish well, with rods averaging 3.2 fish per angler (including a good number of Blue Trout). Fish are well distributed, with productive locations including Pipe Bay, Yellowort, Goonlaze, Pub Bay, Chapel Bay and Mossops. Fish are eager to feed, with a wide variety of dry (Beetles, Deerhair Sedges. Hoppers, Daddies and
Hawthorns) and subsurface (Black Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Hares Ears and Damsel Nymphs) patterns all catching well. The best fish caught in the month was a 4lb 8oz Rainbow, caught by John Dolley from Redruth, while Mr D. Parker from Camborne caught (and returned) a bag of 30 Brown Trout using a dry beetle pattern.

Colliford – Fish are now starting to feed off the surface, with a selection of dry patterns producing results, particularly Sedgehog, Black Hoppers, Ethafoam Beetles and Black Bits, with the occasional fish taking a deeper fished Tadpole. John Ogbourne and Pete Coleman-Smith caught 12 fish up to 14” between them, mainly off Sedgehogs. The best locations have included Stuffle, the Dam area and along the long area of east bank from the Dam heading north, with some larger fish seen moving in front of the main car park. Keep on the move to find the fish and cover as much bank as possible.

Fernworthy – This fishery is producing some really excellent sport, with anglers averaging 4.2 fish per rod. With many anglers practicing catch-and-release, some large bags have been caught, mainly on dry patterns, with Duncan Kier (from Belstone) catching 20 fish in one session, using a Black Hopper, and Charlie Beanie (from Somerset) catching 14 fish on Pheasant Tails, Bibios and Kate McClarens. While most of the banks have fished well, the best area is along the north bank, with Hoppers, Black Gnats, Black Bits, Beetles and Hawthorns all catching well. Successful sub-surface patterns included Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Buzzers and damsel Nymphs.

Roadford – The fish are still generally.feeding in the deeper water, with sub-surface patterns catching the most fish – either nymph-style patterns (Damsels, Montanas), or deeper fished Tadpoles, Leeches and Boobies. A few fish have risen to Coch-y-Bondhu Beetles and Claret Bumbles. Boat anglers have enjoyed success fishing over the boils, as well as off Wortha Bank and in Goodacre Inlet.

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