A mixed week for us with the colder easterly winds during the middle part of the week slowing catches, however by the weekend and improving weather the fishing improved.
During the week 140 rods 286 trout retuning 97 for a rod average 2 with Kirby Muxloe fly fishers fishing their first match of the year on Sunday with their match averaging 3.3.
Unusually for us at this time of year is the amount of daphnia in the water with the trout feeding hard on the daphnia over the past two weeks. With our water temperature still under 10 degrees our buzzer hatches are limited to the warmer part of the day, however this unseasonable weather were having will bring the water temperature up & with it improving buzzer hatches.
For bank anglers the stones, corner of the wood and farm bank are fishing best with boat anglers finding the wood, lonesome pine, farm and stones into green bay producing good numbers.
Best patterns: Blakestone Buzzer 14 black, orange blob, small cats whisker, green pea with a intermediate or floating line.
Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 7.00pm
Main Gate & Lodge open from 7.30am
Water level is currently 3ft down, water clarity is good
Contact the lodge 01530 230807.
A better weeks fishing for us with 133 rods catching 475 trout returning 238 for a rod average 3.6
The British Float Tubing Association fished with us on Saturday with 16 anglers taking to their tubes, catching 85 trout for a rod average of 5.3 Well done to Dave Carrie who came first in their match.
The trout are getting well spread throughout the reservoir with the stones fishing well this week with boat & bank anglers picking up good numbers from this area.
The Thornton Arm, Farm Bank & Stones continue to provide the best of the sport with an increasing number of trout feeding on the improving buzzer hatches & daphnia.
Intermediate or floating lines with orange blob, orange fritz goldhead, buzzer, diawl bach & green pea have been the most successful method & patterns, with buzzers fished under an indicator starting to take an increasing number of trout.
Our water clarity is good & our level is still 3ft down.
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 5.45pm
Contact 01530 230807
During the past the fortnight 232 rods caught 489 trout returning 158 for a rod average 2.1
The bank opposite the lodge has been heavily fished since opening day which for us was 6 weeks ago, unsurprisingly therefore the fish have spread themselves out along the shallows of the Thornton & Markfield arm.
Surprisingly for us at this early stage of the season the bottom end of the stones has produced some fish, the stones do not normally produce until early April.
Water height continues to improve, if at times slowly with our water clarity being good.
Floating or intermediate lines with bloodworm, diawl bach, buzzers & small black & green tadpole have generally produced best.
If your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring your waders
Main gate & lodge open 7.30am
Full Day Boat 8.30am – 6.00pm
Part Day Boat 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Tel 01530 230807
A good weeks fishing with 158 rods catching 646 trout returning 280 trout for a 4.1 rod average.
Monday to Friday the bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport with the trout running close into the shallows, however a sharp frost Saturday & bright conditions pushed the trout out into slightly deeper water giving boat anglers the edge.
Bank anglers continued to catch with anglers prepared to walk down to the farm bank finding good numbers of trout.
Intermediate or floating lines with a small green pea, gold head orange fritz, diawl bach & buzzer pattern took the majority of the fish.
Water levels continue to creep upwards & our water clarity is good.
We continue to see good numbers of overwintered 3lb – 4lb+ been taken.
Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.45pm
Contact the lodge 01530 230807
Date for your Diary
FOREMARK OPENS THIS COMING THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
Contact Foremark 01283 703202
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