RUT­LAND

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

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.

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