BOWES LAKE (40 PEGS)
BOWES is overshadowed by Lookout Lake with regard to current match weights, although anglers are still catching between 50lb and 80lb of carp, skimmers, bream and big roach.
Pegs 2 to 6 have fished consistently well in matches, with anglers framing by alternating between caster and pellet fished shallow for the carp, roach and ide.
Due to the vast expanse of open water, the fish tend to follow the wind, and pegs 28 to 33 tend to benefit most. The long pole used at 13m with maggot, caster and chopped worm over groundbait will pick off most of the silverfish here, with up to five different species a possibility on this tactic.
There are also some huge bream, and a 12lb 9oz specimen was landed off peg 12 recently. The two islands are still hotspots for the carp, although it’s time to fish down the slopes of these features as the fish have drifted into deeper water. Fish a bomb with corn or banded pellet on the hook from pegs 1, 4, 13, 22 and 37 for the best results.