Anglers open a new season at Rutland Water

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The Angling season at Rutland Water opened on Friday and the first fishermen and women were rewarded with good numbers of fish and a rod average of 5.88 on the day.

First back to the Lodge was season ticket holder George Thrall of Melton Mowbray.

Thrall chose to fish along the Normanton bank, arriving at 6am. By 7.30 am he was bagged up, he mentioned that there were quite a few fish moving on top before the wind increased.

Rutland regular Geoff Allsop made his customary journey from Rugeley in Staffordshire to fish the bank, netting a good eight fish for over 20lb.

Allsop said: “I had a good day with hard fighting fish that were all clean and bright.”

Si Gaines had a meet with nine other anglers, fishing the Peter Porter Open Day Memorial. They took to the boats and had a very good day with plenty of fish caught with almost 16 fish per pair weighing in between 30 and 32lbs respectively.

Anglers were delighted with the size and quality of stock fish, with many over the 2lb mark. A number of over wintered fish were caught, some of them long and lean whilst others were up to 4lb and in good early season condition.

The Easterly wind opened up many areas of bank to fish with anglers fishing from Sykes Lane to Whitwell Creek and frontage, whilst other anglers caught on the Dam, Normanton, Church Bay, and down to East Creek despite the wind direction. The Peninsula had anglers wetting a line from Inman’s Spinney through to the popular early season spots at Yellowstones, down to Old Hall.

Boat anglers caught in the Main Basin, Sailing Club, Hambleton Wood, Old Hall and Church Bay.

Lures caught the majority of fish for boat anglers on various sinking lines, but the vast majority of bank anglers used floating lines coupled with weighted lures with nymph combinations, mainly with small buzzers, and diawl bach.

Fish that were spooned were found to be feeding on small buzzers, shrimp and corixa.

Prospects – there have been steady numbers of buzzers coming off despite the colder weather that came in on Saturday and Sunday. The reservoir was topped up to full capacity in December and January, so clarity is excellent with gin clear water conditions.

Some winter restrictions are still in force. Some areas are out of bounds to anglers until 1 April. The usual boat restrictions apply beyond the sailing limits in both arms. Bank anglers are also not permitted in this area plus the banks from Barnsdale Creek around the North Arm Bank to the Finches, from Armley Wood to Hinmans Spinney and from Old Hall Bay to the East side of the Sailing Club Bay. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff at the fishing lodge, maps will also be in display.