Anglers have a good year at Blagdon

PUBLISHED: 15:11 15 December 2010

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing


WITH just a few last returns trickling in, the catch figures for 2010 are almost complete.

WITH just a few last returns trickling in, the catch figures for 2010 are almost complete.

After promising extra fish stockings, a record number of fish were planted into the lakes this year. Although these extra fish failed to produce record catches, rod catches at Chew and Blagdon were better than the previous year with 3.0 per rod at Chew (2.8 in 2009) and 3.4 at Blagdon (2.5).

Many anglers had their best-ever year at Blagdon, especially fishing from the shore. Barrows fished consistently through the year but the catch rate was slightly lower than the previous year - 2.2 (2.4).

Total numbers of fish to date are: Chew 17,836; Blagdon 19,498; Barrows 6,511; Litton 1,200.

Opening days next year will be staggered at all the fisheries. Barrows will open its doors on March 2, Blagdon on March 16 and Chew Valley a week later on the 23rd.

Special days for season permit holders will be March 1, 14 and 21 respectively.

Permit prices will increase this year. Day boats will go up by £1.50 per rod, while bank fishers will have to pay an extra £1 per day. Season permits will also increase by a similar rate.

To book early season boats send a letter application to Woodford Lodge to be received before January 1.

Chew Valley continues to be the place everyone wishes to fish for pike. Catches in February saw fish up to 40.08lb caught, but many of these larger fish failed to survive the cold winter.

The fly fishing during the summer was disappointing, but the autumn catches were good, although the big fish were absent. Even so, more than 20 fish weighing over 30lbs were landed, the biggest being 37.01lb.

Planned dates for 2011 pike fishing are as follows - February 7-13, 21-27, March 7-13 bank and boat. October 3-8, boat only. October 15-20, 25-30, November 4-9 bank and boat. November 14-19, 25-30 bank only.

Prices will increase for boat and bank permits. Boat £31.50 per person and bank £16 per person.

Booking for all pike fishing is essential. Letters or e-mails should be sent to arrive at Woodford Lodge before January 1, 2011 and those received will be placed in a draw.

Please supply your full name and address with a daytime or mobile phone for our booking records with your application.

For more information, contact Bristol Water Fisheries, Woodford Lodge, Stoke Hill, Chew Stoke, Bristol, BS40 8XH. Tel 01275 332339 or e-mail woodford/lodge@bristolwater.

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