Boat fishing ends at the lakes

FISHING - BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the end of October sees the end of boat fishing for trout from the main lakes but bank fishing continues until the end of November.

BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the end of October sees the end of boat fishing for trout from the main lakes but bank fishing continues until the end of November.

As always at this time of the year, the quality of fishing will depend on the weather. The warm and settled conditions enjoyed in late October has now changed, giving storms with some strong winds and often heavy showers. But there will be some better days and if your visit coincides with a calmer day some good sport can still be had.

Fishing at Chew and Blagdon has been quite difficult though some good catches have fallen to anglers fishing the shallowest of water at Rugmoor, Pegs Point, Moreton Point and Picnic Areas. These fish are mainly feeding on corixa but they will often be tempted by small PTNs, Diawl Bach, Black Boobies and Bobs Bits.

At Barrows the fishing has been more consistent with fish coming from all three lakes and falling to all methods. It has also been the best of the fisheries for bigger fish with rainbows of 7.08 and 6.12. Ryan Alderson captured the biggest fish and this could win him the biggest fish of the year for the second time for the Barrows. Phil Oakes was the lucky angler who landed the 6.12 fish.


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The pike fishing at Chew Valley has been as popular as ever and several fish weighing over 30 pounds have been taken. The best so far is a 34.08 fish caught by Steve Gould on a lure. Smelt and mackerel have accounted for most of the fish caught. The pike fishing continued until the end of November but all places for boat and bank have already been reserved.

Details for all fishing for 2010 will be decided and published in early December after which we will accept booking applications by letter or e-mail to arrive before the January 1 deadline. All received will go into a draw for places.

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