Friday, 5 February 2016

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 5/2/16
TROUT FISHING
With all the recent disruption of the floods,  numbers of Trout anglers have been thin on the ground. However one or two anglers have fished off the car park swim in recent weeks and had a few over wintered fish to 4lb on legered worm!
Just to let you all know the lake will receive its first stocking on Thursday March 3rd!
PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
Despite the recent wet weather the Pike and the coarse fishing has been spectacular! Water temperature have remained high for the time of year and plenty of anglers have had their string pulled as a result!
Gaz Hodgson from the Wirral fished static deadbait from the boats and landed a cracking 22lb 8oz fish. Dave Bleese from Southport also fished deadbait and landed Pike of 15 pound and 21 pound respectively .
Meanwhile Andrew Dennet from Preston landed a personal best 20lb 30z Pike on a lure with one of the Esthwaite guides. Danny Stott also caught a 15lb 4oz fish which fell to static deadbait.
Terry Kenyon bank fished off the popular car park swim and landed a 20lb 8oz fish on a float fished Herring. Also fishing off the car park swim Dave Black fished Lamprey section and took a personal best 28lb 4oz lunker! (see attached photo).
Hawkshead Angling club members Roger Byron and Harry Poxon  fished the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank and landed fish of 21lb and 22lb respectively! These boys used a bait boat to access very deep water and took both their twenties on static Mackerel deadbaits!
Also getting in on the action was Mathew Wright from Warrington. He landed a 12 and a 15 pounder. One on a lure and the other on deadbait! Darren Ward fished from the car park banking and took a nice double of 14lb!
Meanwhile Ian Driscoll from Wigan fished from a boat with one of the Esthwaite guides and landed a 15 pounder on a lure and another of 19lb 8oz on a trolled deadbait! (see attached photo)
Don’t forget our Pike season finishes on 31st March and we offer a guiding service until then. If you would like to book a day with one of our professional guides then this must be done in advance by telephoning Dave or Alex on 015394 36541. Or alternatively you can email us on trout@hawkshead.demon.co.uk.
The mild weather  and overcast conditions has produced fantastic bags of 30lb+, of Roach, Rudd, Perch and Bream, to long range feeder tactics. The point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank have both fished consistently well and don’t forget we are now open all year for for general coarse fishing!

Best Regards, David Coleman  M.I.F.M , FISHERY MANAGER.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery Report 19/12/15
I would firstly just like to say, we have survived the recent flooding caused by hurricane Desmond and the roads are completely clear, so its business as usual. Also we are open throughout the festive period, the only day the fishery will not be attended is Christmas day. So if you are one of the die hard’s then just pop your money through the cafĂ© letter box and enjoy your day out!
Trout Fishing
Not allot to report on the Trout fishing as the recent bad weather has kept angler visits down!
There was one chap from St Helen’s, Peter Lord who had a couple of nice brownies just in front of the ticket office. Fishing from the boats with sinking line and booby combo’, Peter landed fish to 2lb+.
Pike and Coarse Fishing
Once again and despite the bad weather the Pike fishing has been exceptional with many double figure specimens reported, including a few 20 pounders!
Hawkshead Angling Club member Harry Poxon did well last week, fishing on the Eastern bank and landed 2 nice fish to static Mackerel deadbaits! He landed an 18lb 8oz and a personal best 25lb 7oz Christmas cracker!
Ian Driscoll from Wigan fished from the boats with the Esthwaite guides and landed a 16 and a 22 pounder, again static deadbaits produced the goods.( see attached photo) These were Ian’s first ever Pike. So if you fancy a days guided Pike fishing, please do not hesitate to contact us. It could be the best day’s fishing you have ever had!
Simon Goodman from West Sussex fished herring from the car park swim and landed a 17 pounder. Meanwhile Chris Bell from Preston also had a 17 pounder on deadbait from the boats!
Again from the car park peg Pete Farrow from Preston landed a 22 pounder (see attached photo), caught on a joey Mackerel. Also landing a 20 pounder and a 16 lber, Dave Gardner from Newcastle was successful from the boats!
The mild weather has kept water temperatures up and the general Coarse fishing has been very good with plenty of 20-30lb+ bags taken on long range feeder tactics. Don’t forget we are now open all year for the silver fish and tickets cost just £10!
As this will be the last report of the year, I would like to thank all our customers for their continued support. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Tightlines for 2016!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 20 November 2015

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 20/11/15
TROUT FISHING
The trout fishing has slowed down abit now, however for those that have been out and about, there have been a few caught. There are still a few buzzers and the odd sedge hatching, however coarse fish fry have been top of the Trout’s menu in recent weeks!
Johnathon Law from Preston fished cats whisker on a sinking line and landed 3 nice brown’s to 2lb+ from the boats. Meanwhile Stuart Howes from Carlisle fished zonkers on a sinking line and landed 2 nice Trout to 3lb, again from the boats.
Graham Jones from North Wales fished from the car park banking and landed a cracking 4lb+ specimen and Dave Williams from Barrow landed a nice 5 pounder on spinner from the boats!
The Trout fishing is still well worth a go with the mild weather still with us. Best areas include the ticket office frontage, Strckland Bay, Grubhole and Swimming Pool fishing best!
PIKE and COARSE FISHING
The Pike fishing is still red hot with plenty of fish succumbing to deadbaits and lures and both the bank and the boats are fishing well!
Nige Cooper had a great day out with Geoff Waites landing an 18 and a 22 pounder from Weather Bay on static deadbait. Nige also had 2 fish to 12lb on lures the week before.
Big s club member Reece Nicholson from Carlisle continues his great run of form with another twenty at 21lb 15oz from the car park banking on Herring. (see attached photo).
Meanwhile Grand Slam winner John Ashurst took a 20lb 2oz Pike on a lure first cast of the day! (see attached photo). John also had another 3 fish to 15lb the following week.
Another Big S club member Paul Mattinson from Keswick landed an 11 and a 15 pounder on trolled deadbaits. Jamie Murray landed a 19 pounder on herring from the boats. Jack Harris from Barrow landed a 15 pounder on static deadbait.
Ian Bland has landed a series of doubles in recent weeks to 15lb on lures. Anthony Bolton from Preston landed 5 fish from the boats, including 3 doubles to 15lb on lures! Mark Billington landed a 12 pounder to static dead’s!
Hawkshead Angling Club member Harry Poxon landed a 17 pounder on a Trout deadbait from the boats and last but not least Nigel Parker from Leed’s landed 8 doubles to 15lb+ over 2 days!
The general coarse fishing still remains very good with plenty of bags to 30lb+, mainly of Roach, Perch and skimmers. Best pegs at present include the point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank!
Best Regards

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

Thursday, 15 October 2015

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 15/10/15
TROUT FISHING
The trout have been hacking into the fry and have been caught on all methods fly , spinner and worm! The boat fisherman have seen the best of the action with Swimming Pool, Grubhole and Four Tree bay seeing the best of the action!
 Tim Roberts from Preston fished intermediate lines and cats whisker to land 4 cracking brownies to 3lb+. John Knight from Darlington also fished fry patterns on a sinking line and took 3 Brown Trout to 2lb+.
Meanwhile Peter Parker from Lancaster fished spinner and worming tactics and landed 3 nice fish to 1lb 8oz. Gary Sparks from nearby Barrow in Furness also landed 3 nice fish to 2lb+ on similar tactics!
Prospects for the forthcoming weeks looks excellent, with all this mild weather about. But don’t forget there is a strict catch and release policy on the Brown Trout until 15TH March!
PIKE AND COARSE
The Pike fishing has been fantastic.We have had the best start to our Pike season in recent years with many fish being reported to 20lb+. Lures and deadbaits have both been working well!
Ben Mathews landed a brace of 13 pounders on static deadbait from the boats. Also Drew Mcwilliam fished lures from the boats and took 5 nice Pike to 21lb 8oz! Ian Bland landed a nice 15 pounder to lures, again from the boats!
John Hine took 6 to 16lb on fly, again from the boats. Meanwhile Alex Roberts and Barry Robinson landed 5 to 14lb on lures.
Fonz Howard landed 2 to 15lb on deadbait from the bank. Chris Harris took 6 to 15lb on lures from the boats. Andrew Gaunt landed 5 to 14lb on lures from the boats. To cap it off Reece Nicholson from Carlisle has landed many Pike on static deadbait to 21lb from the car park banking (see attached photo).
The Coarse fishing has been very good recently, with 20, 30 and in some cases 40lb+ bags being reported. We are now open year round for the coarse fishing and tickets are only £10. Quiver tipping and long range feeder tactics have been the best approach, with the car park and the boathouse on the Eastern bank being the best pegs at present. One angler that had a successful session was North East specialist Simon Ashton, who landed 40lb+ of Roach, Perch and skimmers! (see attached photo).
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Friday, 14 August 2015

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 14/8/15

The trout continue to hold deep as they invariably do at this time of year, so sinking lines are preferable at present. Early mornings and evenings have been the best times to fish top of the water tactics. Hatches of buzzer, damsels and sedge have been prolific with the warm weather, we have experienced of late! The lake is also stuffed with Coarse fish fry at the moment and so fry patterns are also a good bet  with Cats Whisker, Floating fry and Zonkers all great patterns to employ at the moment. With this in mind the best areas to fish have been Grub hole and the weather buoys in the North basin and where the old cages used to be in the South basin!
One angler that had a great day out on the boats was Peter Chapman from Carlisle. He fished around the weather buoys and caught 7 nice Brown Trout to 4lb+ on a combination of fry patterns and traditional wets. John Taylor from Ambleside also fished similar tactics and did well from the Grubhole area of the lake, landing 5 nice Trout to 2lb!
Because the Trout have been residing in deep water , the bank fishing has been tough. But for those switched on anglers fishing areas like the point opposite the ticket office and the Swimming Pool in the North basin, sport has been good. Indeed Dave Farlow from Essex fished spinner and worming tactics and recorded 4 brownies to 2lb+ and Alan Davidson from Preston who fished the car park area of the lake from the bank recorded 6 fine Trout on legered worm.
Prospects for the forthcoming weeks looks very good indeed. As we head into September the Trout will venture back nearer to the surface and fry bashing will commence in earnest. Hatches of buzzer and sedge as well as falls of daddies will also provide hectic sport from the bank and the boats!
Also don’t forget we are now open for general Coarse fishing. Esthwaite Water boasts some incredible Coarse fish stocks with Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Eels. All of which grow to specimen size. Tickets to Coarse fish are £10. Best methods include feeder tactics and sliding waggler for best results! One angler that had a storming day last week on the Coarse fish was local rod Simon Mckenna who fished on the tip and recorded a 20lb+ bag from the car park swim, that included a couple of Roach over the 2lb mark. Great action by anybodies standards! Please contact Dave or Alex on 015394 36541 for more information.
Also for all the very latest information please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT 21/7/15

The trout fishing has been tough during the heatwave. Fish did their usual migration to the deep water and were feeding almost exclusively on Daphnia and as a result were very tricky to catch. The weather is cooling now and its an improving picture with fish venturing to the surface in the mornings and evenings again feeding on buzzer , sedge and damsels!
Due to the depth the fish were residing (10-25 feet down), worm predictably out fished any other method . Indeed 9 year old Joe Buxton from South Wales fished worm deep around the weather buoys and landed 5 nice brownies to 2lb+. Peter Jenkins from Nottingham also landed 5 brownies on similar tactics from the North basin too.
Spinning tactics have also been producing the goods of late, as Darren Golden  from Rochdale found out. He fished from the boats and landed 7 trout to 2lb+ on a 3cm Rapala in the South basin!
Meanwhile Ross Anderson from Arbroth fished fly and spinner and landed 4 browns to 1lb 8oz. John Jones from North Wales also landed 5 browns to cats whisker fished on a Di-7 sinking line!
Providing the weather continues to cool expect sport to improve no end. Another 500 top quality triploid Brown Trout were stocked again last Friday!
For all the very latest information please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To book your boat during the busy school holiday period, telephone Dave or Alex on 015394 36541.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 11 June 2015

ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 12/6/15
The trout fishing has been excellent recently with good bags of fish coming from both the bank and the boats and on all methods, fly , spinner and worm! There’s plenty of fly life coming off the water. There’s plenty of Damsels, Alders , olives and buzzer coming off the water, however fly fishing has been best first thing in the morning and last thing in the evenings. Best areas of the lake at present are Stockie Bay, Strickland Bay, Weather Bay and Swimming Pool!
Hawkshead Angling Club member Neville Jameson had the best recent fish taken on a buzzer pattern from the boats and tipped the scales at just over 5lb! Peter Turner from Preston fished cats whisker on a sinking line and landed 6 brownies to 4lb from the boats!
Fishing spinner from the boats Jimmy Whittaker landed 5 Trout to 3lb+ and David Johnson from St Helens managed 4 to spinner also!
Employing worming tactics Johnathon DaviS landed 5 browns to 2lb from the boats and Gary Tomlinson landed 4 nice ones to 2lb+ from the car park banking. So plenty of action recently and the cold and unsettled May helped keep the water temps’ down and the fishing very good!
The Esthwaite Kayak Grand Slam 2015 was held recently and what a turn out we had. It was fished over 2 days and anglers had to catch Trout, Perch and Pike. 35 anglers fished the competition and in 3rd place Ben Quinn submitted a length of 157cm. In 2nd place Eddie Turner submitted a length of 158cm and the winner was Mike Redding with an overall length of 175cm.(see attached photo)
The following weekend we held the Esthwaite Boat Grand Slam 2015. This was similar to the kayak event, however it was a pairs competition and again was a multi species event held over 2 days! 26 anglers fished the event, 13 pairs. In third place Andy Sharpe and Tom Sharpe, alias team Sink ‘em submitted a length of 132 inches. In second place Karl Ashurst and Adam Wade alias team Sambo Perch submitted a length of 133.5 inches and the winners for the second year running were Stuart Fazackerley and John Ashurst alias team Top Rods with an overall length of 181.25 inches. A big thank you goes out to the event sponsors Savagear and Masterline for providing some fantastic prizes!(see attached photo)
We still have places left for the discounted fly fishing tuition days to be held on Sunday 28th June and Saturday 4th July. These sessions start at 10am until 2pm and cost £15 per person. Participants must bring with them a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Bookings must be made in advance by telephone 015394 36541.
For the latest on the fishing please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M

FISHERY MANAGER