South West Lakes Trout Fisheries Report (August 2018)

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The welcome rain and fall in temperatures in August saw the end of the prolonged period of hot, dry, bright and sunny weather, and resulted in freshening the water, raising levels, and bringing fish back on the feed. The onset of autumn will see an increase in Daddy-longlegs and Sedge activity, as well as fry-feeding in the margins.


Kennick –  While boat anglers enjoyed the most consistent sport over the month, fishing the deeper water in the middle of the reservoir and Clampitts Bay, bank anglers did catch fish at The Narrows, Clampitts Bay, Smithacott, and Forest Bay. Deeper fished Boobies, Blobs, and Tadpoles fished on sinking lines accounted for most of the catches, although some fish were caught on Gold Head Damsels, Diawl Bachs, and Buzzers fished on intermediate lines,  and a few were tempted to the surface to take Daddies and Claret Snafflers. The best fish caught during the month was a beautiful 4lb brown trout caught by Mr Besley (from Torquay) while fishing from the bank, while M.Close (from Ivybridge) caught a 3lb 7oz rainbow from a boat on a floating line.

Siblyback  – Mornings and evenings have proved to be the most productive times to fish, and with plenty of buzzer activity on the water, Buzzer patterns fished at various depths have proved effective. Bank anglers have enjoyed good sport, with Stocky Bay and The Marshes both being popular. J. Cullman (from Plymouth) caught the best fish of the month – a 3lb 6oz rainbaow, as part of a full bag of fish.

Burrator – Catches picked up as the month progressed and conditions started to cool, with the water off Longstone producing the best sport for both boat and bank anglers; boats also caught well when fishing the water between the two dams. With a lot of small midges on the water, small black dry patterns caught fish, although sinking line techniques (either with Damsel Nymphs, or Lure patterns such as Blobs, Boobies, and Nomads) fishing the cooler deeper water produced the most consistent results. Water levels are fairly low (at around 40% at the time of writing), opening up more accessible banks to shore anglers.

Stithians – catch rates are now starting to improve as conditions cool, and with plenty of fly life on the surface, fish are starting to look up to feed., and a number of dry patterns have been rewarded with results (such as Klinkhammers, Daddies, Hoppers, Dry Sedges, and Black and Peacocks fished in the surface film). Black Pennels fished just below the surface on a sink-tip have also been catching fish. The best areas of the lake included Pipe Bay, North Bay, and the deeper water by the dam. S.Cook (from Redruth) caught a 2lb 2oz Blue trout, using a Black Pennel fishing from the bank in Pipe Bay.

Colliford –.the fishing has started to pick up at Colliford, with a number of anglers reporting nice bags of fish up to 2lb. There have been plenty of midges and Lake Olives on the water, with fish becoming fixated on tiny emerging midges and flying ants (size 16 hooks are too large!).  Wet patterns have caught well, with local angler Ian Elford catching six browns ranging from 1lb to 2lb on a slow-retrieved Diawl Bach and Bibio on an intermediate line while fishing near the dam. Pulled Solidier Palmers, Bibios, Zonkers, and Black Spiders have all produced good catches, with the fish well spread out around the lake.

Fernworthy – While dry patterns have been catching a few fish (especially Sedgehogs and Black Gnats), most fish have been caught on sub-surface patterns – notably Montanas, Invictas, and damsel Nymphs fished on floating lines. Fish have been well spread out, with anglers catching bags of four to five browns up to 1lb 8oz from the banks along the North Shore, by the permit hut, and at the top end.

Roadford – this fishery has now started to come into its own, with anglers enjoying some excellent sport, particularly from the boats – fishing over the boils has been very productive (using a fast-sink line). Other notable locations included Davey’s Bank, Wortha, Shop Bay, and Goodacre. Few fish were caught on dry patterns, but Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers (especially black or red), and Black Tadpoles fished on a floating line produced excellent results. Dean Boucher caught six browns to 1lb 4oz on pulled wet patters (Tadpoles and Soldier Palmers on a floating line) in wet and windy conditions. Andy Birkett (from Plymouth) enjoyed two excellent days on a boat, catching twelve browns to 3lbs. (which had obviously been feeding on fry) over the boils, while Duncan Kier (from Belstone) caught nine browns to 2lbs fishing from a boat using a Squinky. Steve Gilbert caught the best fish of the month – a beautiful grown-on brown of 4lb 6oz.