Anglers enjoy the sunshine

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:29 24 May 2010

BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the levels at Chew and Blagdon remain near the top water mark. The bright sunshine has increased the weed growth at all the lakes and it is close to the surface in many inshore areas. All the lakes remain clear and the water

BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the levels at Chew and Blagdon remain near the top water mark.The bright sunshine has increased the weed growth at all the lakes and it is close to the surface in many inshore areas. All the lakes remain clear and the water temperature at one metre is now 18.5¡C (65¡f). Considering the bright conditions the fishing at Chew Valley has been good especially during the daytimes. The fish have fed quite well even in the sunshine, but the buzzer hatches in the evenings have been poor with few fish moving. On occasions there have been moving fish to be found across the middle of the lake feeding on hatches of small greens and these can be taken on nymphs and dries. But the best catching method has remained static nymphs and buzzers fished on floating lines. Fishing these around the margins has produced fish from most areas. And on a couple of cloudier days there have been fish taken pulling lures on sinking lines too. This week saw another 2000 stocked and these have stirred up the more resident fish in several areas.For the first time this season Herons Green Bay is starting to fish well as is the area in front of the Sailing Club. Among the stockies are many big rainbows and fish of four and five pounds are not unusual.In the SW National Eliminator 42 anglers went afloat in warm, cloudy conditions. Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs took well but some anglers caught pulling Cormorants and Black Boobies. 151 fish were caught, a rod average of 3.6 per person. Bank fishing has improved this week with fish coming from Walley, Woodford, Nunnery and North Shore. Boats at Blagdon continue to find fish in the deep water off the Dam and in the shallower spots around Wood Bay across to Ash Trees. The bank fishermen are still having a tough time with fish staying well off-shore most of the time. Similar story to the main lakes at Barrow, but still some fish activity early mornings and late evenings. Fishing small flies, even down to 16s and 18s has often been necessary to induce these moving fish to take. Both lakes at Litton continue to fish quite well even in the hot sun. There is green algal bloom evident on the lower lake and also quite heavy weed growth around the margins so floating lines with washing line tactics are worth trying here. On the top lake a bright goldhead teamed with small nymphs is favourite.Bristol Water fisheries, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, Near Bristol, BS40 8XH. Tel 01275 332339, Fax 01275 331377, e-mail woodfordlodge @bristolwater.co.uk

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