BRIS­TOL WA­TER

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - FISHING REPORTS -

Trout fish­ing is safe for the fore­see­able fu­ture

this time a gen­er­a­tor and pow­er­wash equip­ment. I hope to be able to pub­lish the break­down of the year next month. There was pretty ex­tra­or­di­nary bank fish­ing on Chew Val­ley Lake in Novem­ber, and sea­son ticket men were left won­der­ing if this was their best sea­son! Wick Green was ex­cel­lent so long as the wind was favourable, and Wal­ley Bank pro­duced fish right up to the last day. Quite what kept those fish at Wal­ley for so many months of the sea­son is a mys­tery. Bris­tol Univer­sity, in con­junc­tion with Bris­tol Wa­ter have de­cided to fund a re­search stu­dent (post grad­u­ate) to work on the wa­ter qual­ity on Chew and Blag­don, so, hope­fully there will be some in­for­ma­tion to help ex­plain the pre­dom­i­nance of fish in such small ar­eas of the lake. Over­all this was a strange sea­son with the weather prob­a­bly con­tribut­ing to this. We lost days at the start of the year to frost and snow; April and May were bit­terly cold and wet. There were storms – with winds stronger than I can re­mem­ber and we lost days and days of fish­ing due to the heat of July and Au­gust. I am sure that Bris­tol Wa­ter Fish­ery will have strug­gled to please the ac­coun­tants! But, hav­ing at­tended a “steer­ing group” meet­ing on Novem­ber 22, I can re­port that trout fish­ing is safe for the fore­see­able fu­ture. – MAR­TIN COTTIS. NOVEM­BER FISH­ING on Blag­don Lake was rea­son­able con­sid­er­ing how change­able the weather was. As in few months, the south shore of the lake was the prime place and trout con­tin­ued to feed on the mass of corixa in the lake. Over­all this was a de­cent year on Blag­don and bank an­glers re­port that al­though they had the usual prob­lems with weed in the hot spell, they had a good sea­son. On the boats re­turns were en­cour­ag­ing, if not spec­tac­u­lar. How­ever, with wa­ter as warm as it reached this sea­son that re­ally is no sur­prise. Stock­ing lev­els were de­cent and over­all catch re­turns were good. Apolo­gies that I have not been able to get hold of the fi­nal fig­ures for the sea­son, but of­fice staff at the fish­ery have been over­worked with a few in­ci­dents that have oc­curred at the lakes. The last one was more thefts –

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