June 2017 Fishery Report

After a very dry spell the water level is now coming back up and with rain expected we hope that levels will look a lot more like normal. That said the fishing has held up well and as a bonus of the fall in the level some big trout have been tempted from the deep water by the dam. The fish stocked so far have included one stocking of average weight 2.7 lbs and included some fine blue trout.

Works in the woods on the south west side of the reservoir have prompted the closure notices for certain footpaths. The stocking gate and the small gate by the pontoon have been chained to signal to the general public that the area inside the wall and fence is not a public footpath. Day Ticket anglers are able to access the water by the gaps in the dam wall, or my find members there who will be happy to ease their passage. We hope the works will be over soon.

As to what is catching fish – small seems best – buzzers, small tinhead damsels – small black flies such as black gnat.

We are acutely aware of the distance to the official car park. There is little we can do about it. Cards are available to place on dashboards in the Raikebrook Car Park for bona fide Dat ticket holders. It is possible to walk down from the Royal, however going back is uphill. For all the hassle Roddlesworth is a great place to spend some time and Day ticket anglers can be sure of a warm welcomer and any advice or support they may wish to seek.

Fisheries Officer

21st june 2017

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