Fishery Manager’s report for August 2017

The returns for the month show that 1937 trout with an average weight of 2. 5 lb. were caught at 534 angler visits. The average catch was 3.63 trout per visit. Both lakes fished equally well and we are setting new records for the size of the trout being caught. Out of the 534 angler visits in August only 70 failed to catch, and 76 limit bags were taken. The catch and release fishing on both lakes has been really good so far. Hallington water levels are currently holding at close to last month’s. Water is still being pumped in from the river Tyne, so the levels should stay at a good height for fishing well into September. The trout are very close to the lake edges. Small black gnats have been hatching and trout have been feeding on them in large numbers The wind had been predominantly from the west and northwest. This had meant that the bank anglers were having the best sport on the Western banks of both lakes. Small black dry flies have been taking trout. Kate McLaren, Bibio and Black Gnat have all been catching fish.

Prospects and Flies

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

Members’ catches to September 4th 2017