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.