At last weather conditions allowed us to enjoy some good early season sport with 117 rods catching 613 trout returning 350 for a rod average of 5.2.
At this time of year the bank often fishes better than the boats at Thornton & this was the case last week with bank anglers enjoying the best of the sport with many of the trout caught within feet of the shoreline.
The Thornton arm (opposite the lodge) wood bank & lonesome pine produced best with the best of the sport during the warmer part of the day 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Surprisingly many of the bank anglers found a floating line was the best method with a variety of flies & lures working.
Black & Green tadpole, cats whisker, orange blob, diawl bach, damsel & hares ear were all patterns that took their fair share of the catch.
It was good to see a number of overwintered trout taken with the best at 5lb6oz taken by Ray Jeffrey on a hares ear.
Boat anglers at Thornton this year will be required to wear a life jacket, we have them at the lodge for you to wear.
The water level is currently 3ft+ down but is coming up a little each day, however the current level is ideal for bank angling, exposing large areas of suitable bank fishing.
Main Gate & lodge open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Call the lodge 01530 230807
Dates for your Diary
Foremark opens 1st March 01283 703202
Draycote Opens 8th March 01788 812018
At last this morning the thaw has started & we are open once again with the road down to the lodge clear of ice & snow.
With a good 90% of the reservoir still covered in ice the improving temperatures & breeze will soon clear large areas.
With the thaw our water levels continue to creep upwards.
Having the site closed for much of the past 7 days due to the conditions there is little if anything to report.
Contact the lodge for all the latest information.
A mild winter reservoir filling nicely, trout stocked should be a good start to the 2012 season.
We woke on the 1st February to the first proper hard frost of 2012, pontoon remained frozen until midday with a good 50% of the reservoir covered in ice.
By the 2nd Feb well over 60% of the reservoir was frozen & by the 3rd 90% of the Thornton reservoir was covered in ice & unfishable.
A poor start therefore with only 32 rods venturing out, they recorded a catch of 44 trout giving an opening weeks average of 1.4.
As I write this report the 4inch of snow is starting to go but we still have at least 70% of the reservoir frozen, my advice is contact the lodge before you travel & get the latest report.
Water temperature is 3 degrees, water level 3ft6inch of full level.
Good average size of the first stocking with the fish averaging 2lb as soon as conditions improve we have some cracking trout to have a go at.
For 2012 lifejackets will be required to be worn while on the pontoon & in a boat, you can wear your own but the fishery can supply one if required.
Contact the lodge on 01530 230807.
Main gate & lodge open from 7.30am with boats (if conditions allow) out from 8.30am.
Thornton opens for the 2012 season on Wednesday 1st February.
Tel: 01530 230807
Main Gate & Lodge open 7.30am
Bank Fishing from 7.30am Boat Fishing from 8.30am
Lifejackets will be required to be worn when on the pontoon & out in the boats, we will supply lifejackets if required.
Our water level continues to rise & currently we are just over 3ft down, water clarity remains good.
1 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £16.00 Oap / Disabled £14.00
2 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £17.50 Oap / Disabled £15.50
3 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £20.00 Oap / Disabled £18.00
4 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £22.00 Oap / Disabled £20.00
5 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £23.50 Oap / Disabled £21.50
6 Fish Permit + Catch & Release £25.00 Oap / Disabled £23.50
New for 2012
Last 4 hours 1 fish + Catch & Release £10.00 Oap / Disabled £9.50
Boats: All our boats are rowing boats, you can bring your own electric engine
Full Day Boat £10.00 Part Day Boat Morning or Afternoon £5.00
Last 4 Hour Boat £4.00
The new season opens on 1st February 2012, the reservoir has recovered well from the low water conditions we faced at the end of the 2011 season, the levels are currently rising daily & were around 4ft down from our full level.
Water conditions are good.
Contact Ifor 01530 230807