The warm weather should be good news for anglers
WITH the weekend weather expected to be just as warm as the last few days have been, prospects look very good indeed. Even anglers looking to fish the River Nene can expect some sport.
The top end around Oundle should produce bigger fish with skimmers, bream and tench showing in quite a few areas.
Oundle AC club secretary Mark Cunnington says 40lb-plus nets of bream have been taken on a feeder near the old Riverside Bridge along with some cracking nets of skimmers on the pole all along the sections around Ashton.
Further downstream some big barbel have been taken from Elton but not as many as expected. The best times have been early mornings and dusk.
The boats at Stibbington have been in form and Water Newton should fish well below the locks. Unfortunately as we head towards the city centre, weed is already a big problem, with Milton especially bad. There are lots of fish topping above the locks at Orton, but my tip for some action on the pole is down at River Lane - try red maggot over groundbait, or possibly a small worm.
If you are heading over to the River Welland the better pegs for bream look to be around the Four Mile Bar Bridge, although fish have also been taken well above Crowland Bridge too.
Fen Drains have been in cracking form with both the South Holland and North Level producing skimmers, bream and roach. On theTwenty Foot, try the deeper waters around Beggars Bridge or down at Goosetree Corner.
Ashline and the Bower at Whittlesey are two real hotspots right now and could be very busy at the weekend, but still worth a visit.
All of our local stillwaters are in cracking form and it would be impossible to pick just one out as the best right now. At Eldernell and Kingsland carp have been feeding well off the surface, while at Northey Park several doubles have been taken from the Rio Pool to bigger baits fished on the deck.
At Railway Lakes the smaller of the two lakes has fished well recently and you will get bites all day on red maggot. Use meat or sweetcorn for the better samples.
Decoy Lakes is yet another water in tip top form. The carp here seem to love a hot sunny spell of weather. The best tactics should be pellet fished up in the water or paste in the margins.
Weston Lake at Peakirk should be in form and I there have been very good reports from Lake Ross, North View, Buttonhole andTownsend Lakes. They are all a little further out of the city but still well worth a visit.
Usually there is very little interest in pike or zander fishing until we get the first frost of the year, but it would seem that lure fishing is really taking off right now. The fen drains are obvious targets but the River Nene has also produced quite a bit of action for those prepared to travel light and walk the banks, casting a lure up and down the river.