Lake Trout Fishing Season Off to a Flyer!

The South West Lakes Trust Trout fishing season has got off to a terrific start with all the venues producing some fantastic opening weekend sport.

Kennick near Exeter produced a rod average of 7.6 fish per person. The largest was a Rainbow of 6lb 3oz for Mr D Hants from Torquay, part of a 25 fish bag including 11 Blue Trout. There were also two Rainbows of 6lb 1oz recorded and further fish of 5lb 7oz, 5lb 4oz, 4lb 1oz and a Brownie of 3lb 8oz. The best bag was caught by Mr D Learnaham of Torquay with 40 fish caught and released from a boat. Successful flies were Vivas, Damsels, Montanas and Buzzers. Kennick is stocked weekly and permits are available from the Lodge on site. Boats can be booked on 01647 252898.

Wimbleball near Dulverton, Somerset also had a good opening weekend despite the very cold weather (around 4 degrees all weekend) with a rod average of 5.6. The best fish recorded was a Rainbow of 2lb 1oz from Mr J Sweatman. There were 8 full bags from 9 anglers. Single lures worked well with Tadpoles, Blobs and Cats Whiskers proving popular. A team of nymphs also produced a number of fish. Boats and engines can be booked on 01398 371460.

Siblyback near Liskeard provided some amazing fishing with two anglers recording 18 fish each. Mr D Symonds from Launceston caught 20 fish all on catch and release. Ron Wilday had the largest Rainbow at 4lb 14oz, John Rumbold from Callington recorded a Rainbow at 4lb and there were also Rainbows banked at 3lb 8oz, 3lb 2oz and 3lb. The marsh area and below the camping field were productive areas with Orange Fritz and Buzzers working well. There were also fish taken on dry flies. 12 out of 16 anglers had a full bag with a rod average of 7.6 fish per person. To book boats and engines please call 01579 346522.

Stithians near Redruth fished really well with a rod average of 3.5 fish per person. Phil Gilbert recorded the largest Rainbow at 3lb 3oz using an orange lure and the best locations were Pub Bay, Pipe Bay and Goonlaze. The CAST club had its first competition of the season on 15 March with two anglers bagging up in under three hours. A total of 11 anglers competing produced 45 fish (7 full bags). Phil Gilbert was the winner with 5 fish for 10lb 6oz with Club Secretary Graeme Clement finishing second with 5 fish for 6lb 11oz. A variety of lures seemed to be the most successful offerings with Orange Fritz, Nomad, Black and Green Fritz and Tadpoles working well. There was success however, for the more traditional patterns, with some fish falling for nymphs. The majority of anglers fished sink-tips or intermediate lines, but there were also floating lines taking fish. To book the boat please call 01209 860301.

Burrator near Plymouth had a cracking weekend with a rod average of 4.4. Mr J Perry landed the biggest Rainbow at 3lb 6oz (part of a full bag) caught using a Bead Head. Mr N Prince from Tavistock caught a 3lb Rainbow using a Gold Head Damsel at Longstone and Mr Borthwick landed the largest Brown at 2lb 4oz (part of an 8 fish bag) using a Black Gnat from the lawns area. There were three Blue Trout recorded over the weekend. Permits are available from the permit room in the Discovery Centre yard which is just passed Burrator Lodge.

Drift Reservoir near Penzance also fished really well with the majority of anglers catching plenty of fish including some overwintered Rainbows. Several Blue Trout were recorded to around the 2lb mark and Rainbows just over 2lbs. To book the boat please call David Williams on 01736 786613.

The Brown Trout Reservoirs opened on 15 March and produced some brilliant opening day sport. Mr Birkett returned 15 fish from Roadford to 1lb 8oz from the bank. To book a boat and engine please call 01409 211507. There are five boats available.

Local rod Mr Truscott landed 9 Brownies at Colliford on catch and release to 3lb 8oz despite really cold weather which drove the fish down deep. The warmer weather forecast this week will have the fish looking up again! Permits are available from the nearby Jamaica Inn or Colliford Tavern.