Excellent September sport and specimen fish at Rutland Water.

Fish 2,583 (season 35,853 ) Returns 573 (6,684) Rod average 4.5 (5.36)
Anglers have enjoyed good sport this week with the rod average around 4.5. Big fish have also been recorded with Browns to over 7lb being taken.

Boat anglers Nigel Savage and Toff Crowther both recorded Browns over 7lb last week with fry orientated patterns doing well. Nigel had another Brown around the 3½lb mark, whilst Toff’s Grandfather Tony Tibbert netted a 5lb 5oz specimen the same day.

Newark angler Mike Earl brought a 5lb 6oz specimen Brown to the scales from his boat. Al Owen fished twice last week and took his limits on both occasions. Graham Pearson shared a boat with Al and also caught his limit. Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik of Spilsby bagged a limit whilst fishing the main basin on the rudder.

The majority of boat anglers are fishing the open water of the reservoir with mini lures, although some anglers are commenting that they are getting countless follows with this method. Fly hatches have been improving with good numbers of buzzers coming off and there have been good late hatches of sedge in the afternoon. A few Daddies are about with one or two hatches of olives on the overcast, rainy days. Boat anglers could try a few more imitative patterns. Buzzers, hares ear, cruncher and dry flies etc to get more hook ups than follows.

1,000 fish were stocked last week bringing the total to 71,100. Prospects look good with imitative patterns working well for some. Anglers are also catching on lure combinations. Big fish are showing. This weekend was very unsettled with storms on Saturday and blustery conditions on Sunday.

Fry feeding fish are mixing things up with sticklebacks, roach and perch fry all showing up in stomach contents.

Bank anglers have taken fish off the Sailing Club to New Zealand Point area. With another local angler hooking and returning a 5lb Brown off the Peninsula.

Predator fishing
Pike have been reported to 21lb. Paul Gardner took another fish just over the 20lb mark. Good numbers of Zander are about, with a lot of small specimens, although a number in the 7-8lb bracket have been reported and there have been Perch over 2lb.
The L.A.S lure Competition was fished on Saturday in difficult weather conditions with rain and thunderstorms

Best Brown                              7lb plus.

Best boat areas                        Sailing Club to main basin. Bigger fish are closer i  n.

Best bank areas                       Peninsula, Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point.

Best methods                          Bank – Fry, dries and nymph patterns.
Boat – As for bank but include mini lures, snakes, gold & silver tubes.

Mid week boat winner           N Rushton.

Fish stocked                         1,000.

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only

Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses 16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September
Floating Line Pairs 23 September 10am to 6pm.
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 2-4 October
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non Rudder 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December