Anglers fishing at Rutland last week enjoyed great sport, especially on Friday and Saturday, with some good sized fish landed.

Fish 212 (season 43,278) Returns 92 (8,842) Rod average 2.3 (4.93)
Mike Gormley was visiting the area and caught and returned 14 Rainbows off the boats on Saturday. Mike used a combination of various snakes throughout the day; he also had lots of interest with fry patterns on the top. Ken and Linda Shaw enjoyed a couple of days’ boat fishing on the rudder and they managed a very creditable 20 fish, all Rainbows, with fish up to 2½lb. The couple are from Kirby Moorside and enjoy their visits to Rutland Water.

Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik is averaging 6 fish to his boat per visit at the moment. Malcolm is fishing tube flies in the main basin.

More and more Rainbows are showing around the shoreline at Rutland including plenty of 3lb plus fish. Toff Crowther, Graham Hayward, Nigel Savage and Martin Hearth all recorded fish over 3½lb. The best fish of the week, a rainbow of 4lb 8oz, was caught by season ticket holder Stuart Ross. Fish are not only feeding on fry/sticklebacks, but also corixa and ‘demon’ shrimp.

Water levels are dropping very quickly at the minute, exposing some of the remaining weedbeds that are scattered around the shoreline. With the Rainbows finally beginning to move in there should be some excellent bank fishing going into the winter.

We have commenced our winter programme of boat maintenance. There will be 20 boats left on the water from December onwards. Last year we enjoyed some cracking boat fishing with anglers even taking fish on ‘Shipmans’ off the top in December. During November the fishing lodge is open 8am to 2pm. If you are calling to book a boat please call from 9am onwards.

Brown trout continue to come out in good numbers and of specimen size. Please play these fish firmly and don’t play them to a standstill, returning them safely to the water as soon as possible. Winter restrictions apply (so no fishing down the north or south arms).

Great winter deals - day boat prices reduced to only £19. Half day 4 fish permits now valid all day.

With the huge number of fry in the reservoir this year it seems that it’s difficult to find groups of zander and perch. In some cases Fish Finders are showing fish well off the bottom with the really technical outfits seeing fish come to their lures then swimming away.

Best Rainbow                                                4lb 8oz taken by Stuart Ross.

Best boat areas                                              New Zealand Point to fishing lodge. Armley Wood to Carrot Creek,
Barnhill Creek, main basin.

Best bank areas                                              Peninsula, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek. East Creek to fishing lodge,
Church Bay, Normanton.

Best methods                                                   Bank – fry patterns, floating fry, minkies, humungus etc.,
cruncher, hares ear.
Boat – as for bank with various lures/snakes, gold/silver tubes,
mini lures on various sinking lines.

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December