FISHING HAS been most productive in the main basin. Some anglers have visited the arms but results have been poor. However there are plenty of weedbeds around the shoreline here. There are large quantities of fry this year around these weedbeds and so results will improve. Boat anglers have had very good sport drifting across the main basin. Long drifts from the church to the dam wall using floating and slow intermediate lines have been very productive. Traditional flies such as Soldier Palmers and Silver Invictas have taken numbers of fish. The aerator ‘boils’ are also holding large numbers of quality fish. Time spent on these ‘boils’ will almost certainly produce terrific sport with hard-fighting fish. I have no experience of ‘fish finders’ however while guiding I was asked by a client if he could use one. I was amazed that this machine told us that at 25.5m deep there were large shoals of fish. At top level and mid-water there was nothing showing on the screen. Whether these fish were trout I have no idea, but it showed that fish were hard on the bottom. Bank anglers have found the fishing challenging due to the very high water temperatures in the margins. The Normanton bank seems to have had action from the bank, particularly in the evenings. With the cooler weather and longer nights the fish will move closer to the shoreline. Over 6000 fish have been released during the last two weeks of August, mainly into the deeper, cooler water. Over 50000 fish have been released this season. PROSPECTS The water level is now several feet down on top level. This will help the bank fishing to improve. With a high stocking level and the continued catch and release policy, catches for the autumn and winter should be spectacular PETER HARTLEY.