Fishery Manager’s report for April 2017

The season started with a turn out of 27 anglers on the opening day and, despite the cold conditions, some 73 trout were caught. The returns for the month show that 452 angler visits resulted in 1679 trout being taken, with an average weight of 2 lb 6 oz. Westwater now have catch and release fishing on both lakes with up to 16 trout allowed to be caught in a day. Of the 1697 trout caught in the opening month 950 were returned. So far the number of fish caught per angler is very little changed from last year at 3.8 (last year 4.36). Water level on the West is down by 12 ft and now stands at 24ft. The East remains at 28ft. Both lakes continue to fall. The trout have been very close to the lake edges. Floating lines and small flies have been best, except in the inflow area’s where as usual Dawson’s and Montana have done well on a sinker. Large numbers of Black Gnat are now hatching from midday to early evening and are producing some wonderful rises of trout. Black Gnat, Kate McLaren, Viva and Small black buzzers have been the best flies throughout the month.

Prospects and Flies

The large hatches of black gnat should be on the water for the next fortnight and the first hawthorns should be out shortly. The weather is warming and prospects look excellent, we are looking forward to some excellent fishing in the months ahead.