19 July

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 55 occasions and caught a total of 20 trout, the 6 fish caught at Little Bognor were all returned. Most of the fish were caught at Luffs and Figgs.

River– Members visited the river on 11 occasions and caught 8 trout and several chub and dace. A fish of 3lb and another of 3lb 8ozs were landed. All of the fish were caught on the Keepers Bridge and Rotherbridge beats and were all returned.

The river had settle and cleared after the heavy rain. The dissolved oxygen at Great Springs and Little Springs was good despite the hot weather and this is hopefully the result of the aeration system the club installed.

Weed cutting and removal at Great Springs and Little Springs will commence 26 July.

12 July

Storm coming . . .

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 59 occasions and caught 44 trout including a fish of 3lb from Luffs and another of 6lb 12ozs from Upper Figgs. All of the 13 fish caught at Little Bognor were returned. A very wide variety of flies were used from lures such as the Cats Whisker to size 22 Caenis !

The rain has helped enormously in keeping the rainbow lake water cool, the dissolved oxygen is up and the fish are happy. The dissolved oxygen was 8.5mg/l at 20 degrees. Water is still flowing through the lakes which also helps.

River – The rain was not as helpful to members who wished to fish the river. Early in the week the water level was high and the water was coloured. Members visited the river on 7 occasions last weekend and caught 7 trout including two three pounders and a sea trout of 2lb 8ozs. All of the fish were returned.

5 July

This update covers the last two weeks.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 110 occasions and caught 70 trout, including 2 over 3lbs. Twenty five of the 27 fish caught at Little Bognor were returned.

Yesterday fish were rising at Great Springs and Luffs and a big blue trout was seen feeding at Luffs.

Fish Pass – 6 July

River – members visited the river on 18 occasions and caught 3 trout, all of which were returned. Rain during the last two weeks raised the water level and prevented members from fishing.

21 June

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 45 occasions and caught a total of 29 trout mainly on dry flies.

River – members visited the river on 12 occasions and caught a total of 7 trout, 6 of which were returned. The majority of the fish were caught on dry flies.

The river level has fallen since the high water on Saturday but it is still slightly above the normal level.

14 June

Early morning at Little Bognor

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 48 occasions and caught 35 trout, 14 of which were returned at Little Bognor. Catch and release has been suspended at the rainbow lakes because of the high water temperature.

Fish were rising at Little Bognor early in the morning. The spring fed lakes are cooler than the other lakes and the trout are feeding on midges.

River – members visited the river on 13 occasions and caught 12 trout, 8 of which were returned. Various nymphs and dry flies were effective.

7 June

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 74 occasions and caught a total of 75 trout, 61 of which were returned. An exceptional fish of 13lbs was caught from Great Springs and Luffs produced a trout of 4lbs. Once again a wide variety of dry flies and nymphs took fish.

River – members visited the river on 7 occasions and caught a total of 20 trout, 17 of which were returned. Two wild fish were caught. One of the fish caught at Rotherbridge weighed 4lbs, it was caught on a French Partridge mayfly pattern.

The warm weather and long daylight hours mean that the early morning and late evening will be the best times to fish.

1 June

Evening at Little Springs

The weather was better for fishing last week and the insect life was prolific, particularly at Great Springs where mayfly, olives, alder flies and buzzers all hatched at the same time. The trout rose freely at Luffs and the brown trout at Little Bognor fed on buzzers and sedges.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 107 occasions and caught a total of 137 trout, 107 of which were returned. Great Springs produced 3 fish of 4lbs 8ozs and a 4lb trout was caught and returned at Little Bognor. The fish were caught on a wide variety of both dry flies and nymphs.

4lb brownie from Little Bognor

River – members visited the river on 8 occasions and caught 7 trout, all of which were returned. Mayfly nymphs and dry flies were successful.

The warm, dry bank holiday weather enabled the river to return to a normal level and hatches of mayfly should give good sport next week.

24 May

Mayfly header image courtesy of David Taylor.

Trout rising well for Mayfly

The wet and windy weather is keeping the water temperature down, the lakes are full and the trout are rising.

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 113 occasions and caught 157 trout, 119 of which were returned. Fish were caught from every lake on a wide variety of wet and dry patterns. Trout of 3lbs, 4lbs(4) and 5.5lbs were caught, it was an exceptionally good week.

Mayfly, Olives and Alder flies are hatching all day but the hatch is most prolific around lunch time.

The wind blew this Mayfly into the margin of the lakes, trout were feeding close to the bank

River – The wet and windy weather has not helped the fishing conditions on the river. The water level has been high all week. One member visited the river and caught a trout which was returned.

Less rain is forecast for this week and hopefully the river level will drop.

18 May

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 58 occasions and caught 120 trout, 92 of which were returned. Most of the fish were caught from Great Springs and Little Springs. Trout of 5lbs, 2 x 4lbs and 3lbs were the notable fish. Once again a very wide variety of flies accounted for the fish caught.

River – members visited the river on 7 occasions and caught 9 trout from the Keepers Bridge and Rotherbridge beats, 8 of the fish were returned.

11 May

Changeable weather

Lakes – members visited the lakes on 90 occasions and caught a total of 140 trout, 105 of which were returned. Most fish were caught at Luffs including one at 6lbs. A wide variety of flies caught fish including Mayfly nymphs and dry flies. A 4lb trout was caught at Little Springs and a 5lb brownie was captured at Little Bognor.

The Mayfly hatch should be at its peak at the lakes next week and it would be worthwhile persevering with a dry fly.

GRHE weighted nymph fished deep

River – members visited the river on 6 occasions and caught 5 trout, 4 of which were returned. Fishing a weighted nymph under trees and alongside weedbeds should produce a fish or two. Mayflies should start to hatch on the river next week, the hatch on the river lags the hatch at the lakes.