Anglers have enjoyed a fantastic season at Grafham Water with a huge seasonal rod average of 5.88.

Fish 225 (season 23,477) Returns 56 (3,993) Rod average 4.01(5.88)

Welcome to the final report at the end of a truly fantastic season. Grafham has fished tremendously well over the last year producing a huge seasonal rod average of 5.88, with many talking about it being one of, if not the top reservoir for trout fishing in the UK, and maybe further afield! There were ups and downs with the weekly average, though generally your chances of hooking a few have always been good, whether on the banks or the boats!

There is still a very decent head of over wintered fish which could make the season opening very exciting and the hope that maybe we can beat a few of this season’s records in the process.

Over the year we have worked to improve the equipment available to boat anglers and have endeavoured to increase access for bank fisherman, something we will also continue in the next season.

This season saw the introduction of our volunteer fisheries bailiffs, Pat and Chris, who have patrolled come rain or shine, offering advice and a presence to improve the water’s security and ensure practices are being carried out correctly, we do hope that both stay for another season, so make sure you say hello to them. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank them for all their efforts throughout the year, you both have been a fantastic asset to the team.

There is still time for some large fish to come out before the season’s end so look out for the first report next season for the best results and captures from the year!

The last few weeks have seen some great sport too with the rod average sitting just above 4.0, those fishing early in the morning or towards the late afternoon are having much more success than those fishing during the day. Once bank pressure from the public and anglers takes effect the fish are moving just out of reach. Areas fishing better currently seem to be the north shore, or to be honest anywhere where there is some ripple to hide your movements. Shrimp fishing is generally up in the water, whilst using the wind to your advantage otherwise, fishing lures are the go to method with humongous, snakes and minkies being the more common flies. Some are catching with blood worm and it may be worth a go over the next week or two. Trying something different is more likely to produce those results!

Finally we would like to thank all our anglers for supporting us throughout such a fantastic season, your experience is always important to us and we hope that the fishing is just as good, if not better for the season ahead.

Good luck and tight lines from all at Grafham Water.

Season’s best Rainbow                            8lb 12oz taken by Nathan Jackson.

Season’s best Brown                              8lb 7oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best boat areas                                        G buoy, the bowl, south dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat,
Pig Bay, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, I Buoy.

Best bank areas                                        G Buoy, the Bowl, South Dam, Plummers and Gaynes, the Seat,
the Willows, Marlow Arm, the Stumps, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Competition news
The Shrimp Master winter bank league has proved a huge success. The final match of five will be fished on 28 January.