Friday, 21 March 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT 21/3/14
TROUT FISHING
The first couple of weeks of the trout season has produced some absolutely stunning fish. All methods have produced and catches have been good from both the boats and the bank!
First up is Stuart Law from Wigan. He fished from the car park banking with legered worm and took his limit of trout in the space of 3 hours. Also fishing legered worm Tom Robertson from Manchester landed 3 brownies, the best fish tipping the scales at 5lb+ from the boathouse banking on the Eastern shore.
Manchester based angler and Hawkshead Angling Club member Andrew Hoyle fished a small mepps spinner, on an ultra light weight set up from his kayak and landed an absolute stonking grown on over wintered fish of 9lb 9oz (see attached photo).
Mike Davis from Lytham landed and safely released a large Brown Trout of 5lb+ while on a guided Pike session. Mike landed the brute which took a bluey deadbait intended for Pike from the boats in the car park area of the lake!
The first heat of the Esthwaite 2014 Pairs competition was won by Ernie Craster and Peter Crowe with a cracking Brown Trout of 7lb 8oz, which was taken on an intermediate line and Cats Whisker combo’. Reigning Esthwaite pairs champions Bob Swann and Colin O’Brien finished the competition in second place and both pairs now qualify for the final in September. If anyone would like to fish any of the 5 remaining heats, please contact the Dave or Alex at the fishery on 015394 36541.
Expect sport over the next few weeks to be exceptional. If its anything like it was last year then there will be a few happy anglers landing potential personal best Brown Trout, even a few double figure specimens are on the cards!
PIKE FISHING
Once again there has been a good few Pike reported recently! First up John Mcgreggor from Peebles landed 2 doubles from the banking on static deadbait. John took a 12 and a 15 pounder in quick succession to round off a memorable day.
Meanwhile Martin Shaw from West Lothian landed a 12 a 13 and a 17 pounder from the car park banking. Hawkshead Angling club member John Bradley  fished from the boats and landed a 9, a 13 and a 17 pounder on static deads’. Also Dave Roscoe from Bury landed a 14 pounder on similar tactics.
Bob Fitzpatrick from Warrington only had 1 run during his day bank session and that was a 20 pounder which fell to a freelined Sprat. Also Stuart Walsh from Manchester employed one of the Esthwaite guides and landed a personal best of 19lb+ from the boats. This one took a legered herring.
Having an exceptional winter campaign H.A.C member Fonz Howard from Preston fished from the shore and landed a 19lb 6oz and a 17lb 12oz  Pike. Both fish fell to herring tails presented in the margins (see attached photo).
With just over another week to go of Esthwaite’s winter Pike season its now or never for all you specimen Pike hunters. The fishing can be testing in March as the heavily gravid big females prepare to spawn, but there’s never a better time of year to land a PB and who knows a 30 pounder could have your name written on it, so come and get it, you have got to be in it to win it, so they say!!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 27 February 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 26/2/14
TROUT FISHING
The first stocking will take place on March 2nd. However our open day will be held on Sunday 16th March. The day will include heat 1 of the Esthwaite Pairs 2014 competition, discounted tuition and general camaraderie.
There will be a fly tying demonstration offering practical tips and you can learn what patterns are best at the fishery.
Also special offers on fishing tackle will be available on the day, so anglers can ‘try before they buy’. There will also be complimentary food and drink. Feel free to come and chat to our friendly staff, everyone is welcome. Contact the fishery for further detail.
PIKE AND COARSE
Fonz Howard has been on top form recently landing a cracking 23lb 4oz fish to static deadbait from the bank in the North basin (see attached photo). He then followed this capture up with a 12lb 2oz and a 19lb 6oz Pike the following trip.  Meanwhile Big S club member Dave Roscow fished 2 days from the boats and landed a 10, a 12 a 17 and a 21 pounder, all on static deadbaits.
Ashley Hockham and Ian Bland from Ulverston fished just lures and landed 6 Pike upto double figures from the boats. Meanwhile Geoff Birtwistle took a good conditioned 16 pounder on static deadbait from the boats. Also employing static deadbaits Nigel Parker from Harrogate landed a 9, a 12 and a 19lb predator from the car park banking.
Big S club member Steve Hincks from Blackpool took a 12 pounder on deadbait and a specimen Brown Trout of 9lb 8oz on a Pike lure, which was safely returned! Graham Atkinson from Milnthorpe fished static dead’s from the bank and took a brace of doubles including a 12 and a 15 pounder. Steve Hill fished from the boats and landed 4 Pike to 16lb on herring deadbaits and James Howe from Preston took his PB Pike of 20lb exactly from the car park banking on Mackerel deadbait! Don’t forget we are still open for Pike fishing until 31st March.
The general coarse fishing has been good with mild overcast days providing ideal conditions and bags of 20-30lb have been commonplace. Indeed Joe Pennington from Bury fished feeder tactics off the boathouse swim and reported non stop action with mixed bags of Roach, Perch and hybrids. Tickets cost just £10 and we are open for Coarse fishing until 14th March!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 23 January 2014

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT
TROUT FISHING
The first stocking will take place on March 1st. However our open day will be held on Sunday 16th March. The day will include heat 1 of the Esthwaite Pairs 2014 competition, discounted tuition and general camaraderie.
There will be a fly tying demonstration offering practical tips and you can learn what patterns are best at the fishery.
Also special offers on fishing tackle will be available on the day, so anglers can ‘try before they buy’. There will also be complimentary food and drink. Feel free to come and chat to our friendly staff, everyone is welcome. Contact the fishery for further details.
PIKE FISHING
Once again the Pike fishing has been on top form with plenty of sport reported from both boat and bank. First up is Big S club member John Ashurst from Wigan who landed 5 Pike last weekend, all falling to static deadbait and the haul from the boats included 2 x 17 pounders! Also day ticket angler Mark Willan from Keswick fished a morning session from the boats and landed a brace of Pike up to mid doubles, one on a lure and one on a trolled deadbait set up. Also fishing from the boats John Platt from Co Durham landed a brace of twenties, weighing in at 20lb 6oz and 21lb respectively. Both fish fell to static deads’.
The bank fishing for Pike has been good, in fact the car park swim has been on fire! Big S club member Joe O’Rouke from Liverpool has taken fish of 18lb, 19lb 8oz and a cracker at 20lb 2oz (see attached photo ). Again deadbaits did the trick! Big S club member Darren Lord got in on the action from the same swim with a 16 pounder. Stuart Seed from Preston landed a 17lb 8oz fish. Chris Carney from Carlisle managed a 19 pounder and Kevin O’Rouke landed a cracking brace at 15lb 4oz and 19lb 7oz.
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David Coleman M.I.F.M – FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 27 December 2013

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 27/12/13
TROUT FISHING
Although temperatures have been mild for the time of year, the weather has been generally unsettled which has kept angler visits down. Those that have fished for the trout , however have been encountering some good sport. Indeed George Talbot from Carlisle fished minkies on a sinking line to land 3 brownies from the boats in the North basin. Meanwhile Sam Johnson from Co Durham employed spinning tactics to take 4 brownies to 3lb+, again from the boats. Joshua Peart from Lancaster  fished legered worm from the bank to land a nice brace of brownies over the 2lb mark, as well as a surprise 19lb Pike.
Don’t forget we are on a catch and release policy for the Brown Trout until 15th March, however any Rainbows landed may still be retained!
PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
The Pike fishing has been on top form again with a number of fish reported on deadbaits and lures. Alan Appleton from St Helens landed a 16lb predator from the car park swim on static deadbait. Meanwhile Steve Milward from Cyprus took a 12 and a 15 pounder on similar tactics from the same swim.
Dave Simpson from Penrith however landed 3 double figure Pike the best tipping the scales at 21lb 2oz. All Dave’s fish were taken on lures from the boats.
Big s club duo John Ashurst and Stuart Fazakerley from Wigan have been consistent of late taking 12 Pike over 3 visits, with the best fish weighing in at 24lb 2oz. All John’s and Stuart’s fish have fallen a combination of lures and deadbaits fished from the boats. (see attached photo).
The coarse fishing is still on top form with some cracking bags reported from the boathouse stretch and the point opposite the ticket office. Clive Charter from Wigan had a hectic session over at the boathouse last week and reported that he could not keep a rod in the water for more than a couple of minutes and took a cracking 40lb+ net of roach, perch and hybrids. Don’t forget the use of maggots is permissible and the general coarse fishing tickets are available for £10 until 14th March!
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The staff at Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all a prosperous new year, tightlines!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 22 November 2013

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT 21/11/13
TROUT FISHING
Autumn is now giving way to winter and water temperatures are plummeting, however the trout are still a realistic target especially if you adopt the right tactics. If you are boat fishing, try to locate the fry shoals as the trout are never far away from their desired food source at this time of year. Spinning is an obvious choice, just fish them a bit slower and deeper and the same goes for the fly fisherman. Fish sinking lines and lures such as cats whiskers, sparklers and booby patterns for the best results. If you are worm fishing then set your float deeper than usual or if you are bank fishing then leger tactics are the way forward and don’t forget although we are still open for trout fishing ALL Brown trout must be returned until 15th March, however rainbows can still be retained!
Stuart Bell from Manchester fished boobies on a Di-7 set up from the boats to record 3 browns to 2lb+ from the boats. Also Peter Johnson from Berkshire fished a sinking line set up and various fry patterns including zonkers and floating fry and landed 4 browns to 2lb, again from the boats.
Meanwhile Jimmy Brown from Darlington had a nice brace of browns on spinners from the bank and John Dean from Carlisle also landed 3 browns to 3lb from the boathouse banking on legered worm!
PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
The Pike fishing has been a bit patchy over the last few weeks as it nearly always is during the autumn. Despite this there has been some very big fish reported indeed from both the bank and the boats!
First up Mark Carding from Barrow landed a 20lb 2oz Pike on trolled deadbait from the boats. Big s club member John Ashurst from Wigan took a 17lb Pike on a trolled replicant, again from the boats. Meanwhile Chris Oakes landed 3 Pike upto 12lb on lures from the boats. Steve Brookes from St Helens landed 4 Pike up to 23lb 4oz on deadbaits and lures from the boats.  However the best recent Pike was taken on static deadbait from the banking at 10 tree bay and was landed by Steve Logan from Barrow. The fish was immaculate and tipped the scales at 27lb 8oz (see attached photo).
Don’t forget we offer a first class guiding service. Anyone interested in having a day with our resident guides should contact Dave or Alex on 015394 36541 for more information and for daily updates please find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!
Our general coarse fishing is becoming very popular and regular bags of 20-30lb nets of Roach, Rudd, Perch and Bream are being caught from the boathouse banking or from the point opposite the ticket office. Tickets cost just £10 and the use of maggots is permitted. Quivertipping tactics is by far the best approach. The tickets are available until 14th March!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 30/10/13
TROUT FISHING
Plenty of wind and rain, is just what these glacial lakes need during the autumn and boy have we had plenty over the last week or two. Anyway the trout fishing seems to be benefitting from a change of water as anglers employing all methods have been reporting fish.
Dave Griffith from Surrey fished from the boats with an intermediate line set up and a team of wets to land 3 brownies to 2lb. All Dave’s fish were taken around the weather buoys in the north basin. John Sorenson from Glasgow also took 3 brownies using traditional wets fished on a floater, again from the same area. Meanwhile Peter Johnson from Preston took 12 browns on legered worm from the boathouse banking. All fish were returned!
Prospects for back end trout fishing are looking good, there are some real lumps clearing the water in various locations throughout the lake that have not seen a hook yet, so expect good things to come over the next few weeks!
PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
The Pike fishing has once again been very good, with float trolled baits and lures out scoring the static approach. The boats are producing the best of the action, however the car park banking has been consistent too.
First up Jason Broome from Chester fished the car park banking and managed 4 pike to 20lb 2oz on static deadbaits. Also fishing from the car park John Hicks from Grange landed a fine conditioned 14 pounder to similar tactics. Richard Bradley from Preston landed a 22lb 8oz fish to a trolled lure (see attached photo).
Employing our in house guides, Alistair Rushworth and Stephen Cooper from Oldham landed 3 nice pike to 20lb 2oz on float trolled baits and lures. Anyone who fancies a days guided pike fishing should contact the ticket office to arrange a session. We charge £10 per hour on top of our permit and boat prices and the guided sessions must be booked in advance!
The general coarse fishing is going down very well with some staggering nets of fish being taken on maggot and feeder tactics. Indeed Jim Corkish from St Helens bagged 30lb+ of silver fish and perch in an afternoon session from the boathouse banking. Also fishing well is the point opposite the ticket office. The coarse fishing is now open until 14th March and tickets for the day cost just £10!
Don’t forget for all the very latest information on the fishing you can tune into our Facebook and Twitter pages. Failing that please telephone the ticket office on 015394 36541 and ask for either Dave or Alex!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 8/10/13
The trout fishing has been testing of late, due to a recent algal bloom, however things are improving now as the water is clearing nicely and conditions are looking good for some fine back end sport. Despite conditions  though there has been some nice fish reported, on a variety of methods.
Visiting angler Kevin Cooper from Canada took 4 nice browns on float fished worm from the boats. All of which were between 1lb and 2lb. Glyn Evans fished spinner from the boats to take a fine over wintered rainbow of 6lb 4oz (see attached photo). Also employing spinning tactics season ticket holder Joe Reynolds from Barrow took 3 browns from the boats. Christian Jacobson from Liverpool latched into another fine brownie of 5lb 4oz, again on spinner. Meanwhile Will Owen from North Wales tried out fishing for his first time with his son Robin and they landed a cracker of 8lb, again on spinner, which was safely released. Its not just the boys who have been enjoying success. Indeed Kirsty Johnson from Widnes took 2 Brown Trout on float fished worm from the boats.
Fly anglers have also been getting in on the action. Hawkshead Angling Club member Dave Bell landed 2 brownies from the boats and another HAC member Bob Swann took 3 brownies in quick succession from the boats. All Bobs fish fell to orange dabbler patterns in conjunction with a Di-3 line.
The grand final of the Esthwaite Water 2013 Pairs competition was contested at the weekend. Under difficult conditions of bright sunshine, easterly winds and an algal bloom, the fishing was tough to say the least.In third place was Ben Bayliss and Adam Larbalestier. In second place was Brian Shields and Jon Turner and the winners were after many years of trying Bob Swann and Colin O’brien. Local angling guru Bob Carlson presented the £3000 worth of prizes to the top three pairs on the day.(see attached photo)
The Pike season has got off to a flier, with a number of good fish reported well into double figures, mainly falling to lure and fly tactics, however there has been one or two out on static deadbait also.Roger Byron fished static deadbait off the car park and landed 2 doubles, the best tipping the scales at 21lb 3oz. Volodymyr Chystakov from London had a day to remember when he fished lures from the boats and recorded 2 Pike over the twenty pound mark. Ross Thompson also took a brace of double figure Pike on lures and Season ticket angler Geoff Birtwistle also had a couple up to 14lb.Meanwhile Big s club members Steve Hinks and Darren Lord have landed many fish to 20lb+ on lures and fly, from the boats.
We are now open for general coarse fishing from 1st October until 14th March inclusive. Tickets are £10 each and the use of maggots is allowed. North East based angler Simon Ashton has fished the venue a couple of times over the last week and had some cracking sport with 90lb and 50lb bags respectively. The boathouse banking has been the favoured peg, however there are a good number of fish been coming from the point opposite the ticket office. (see attached picture).
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Best Regards

David Coleman M.I.F.M – FISHERY MANAGER