MOST LOCATIONS around the lake are producing some sport. The hot weather has made fishing challenging at times but generally fish have been found in the top three feet of water. The bottom of the south arm at Manton and Lax Hill has seen a prolific number of rainbows between 3 lb and 5 lb coming to the net. Floating lines with Buzzers, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs have produced the best results. Brown trout are also still showing in significant numbers, with several over 5 lb recorded. The season’s best brown trout of 10 lb 2 oz was caught by local angler Cameron Neil from Hideaway Bay. A truly remarkable fish. A fish of 9 lb 8 oz has also been noted. Other successful locations have been the Finches, Armley Wood and Barnhill Creek in the north arm; and in the south arm, New Zealand Point, Spud Bay and East Creek. Anglers have also reported large numbers of daphnia-feeding fish in the open water of the main basin. Fish have been caught on lures and sinking lines across the basin from Sykes Lane to Fantasy Island and Whitwell to the Normanton bank. The fishing lodge harbour and the harbour walls have also been holding large numbers of fish. The banks have also been fishing well, with nymphs and dry-flies fished very close to the margins doing well. In the early evening, Shipman’s, CDCS and Bob’s Bits have been useful. Many experienced Rutland anglers are saying that this is the best season for many years. PROSPECTS In recent days a further 6,000 trout have been stocked, making a total of over 30,000 since the beginning of March. The onset of warmer weather will move many fish to the main basin. The water level has started to drop, and the bankfishing should now be excellent in the early morning and evening. – PETER HARTLEY.