The last week has seen a good improvement on the rivers, after the last few gale force weekends.
Some anglers have ventured back onto the waters and are catching their targeted species. But the vast majority of the banks have been empty other than the odd river angler and the specimen anglers.
Conditions have improved, with lots of colour in the water and a slight flow, which are encouraging signs for the anglers. Ten Mile Bank, Modney Bridge, Chapel, Wires and Railway Bridge have all seen catches reported on both the tip and the pole. Skimmers, roach and perch have all shown on caster, maggot and pinkie baits.
Cut Off Channel, Hilgay Bridge: Pike to 7lb 8oz showing on lures.
Relief Channel: Pike and jacks have been recorded from the specimen anglers, a pike of 17lb has been reported. Pike to 8lb and plenty of jacks have shown, with the majority being taken on lures and shads.
Middle Level, Pepper to Peters: Jacks to 6lb have been showing frequently when using lures. A couple of zander have also been reported to the bailiffs, one of 11 lb, and another of 9lb.
Also quality perch to 3lb 2oz had been reported from anglers whilst drop shotting.
Three Holes is still showing plenty of roach when targeted, also pike to 13lb 7oz showing.
Springside: Carp are still showing but surprisingly maggot has been the better bait to attract the carp to 12lb. Both pole and feeder have worked in finding the feeding carp. Roach and rudd also show when targeted.
Shepherd’s Port, Bear Lake: Odd carp are still showing but have been very quiet with only the odd one or two anglers on the bank.
Shepherd’s Lake: Carp have been on the feed again with a mirror carp to 11lb and a common carp to 14lb being reported, from carp anglers. Carp to 8lb also respond to bream baits that have been offered, bream to 5lb also show on bream-style tactics.
Tottenhill: Only a handful of anglers on the lake, odd bream and carp showing but a slight slowdown has occurred. Maggot both dead and live has been the more rewarding bait.