The last seven days have produced quality catches on the lakes.
The rivers have been slow during the first full week of the new season, on the plus side on the rivers pre-baiting swims has helped deliver the first ton catch of the season on the Cut Off Channel.
Middle Level, St Marys-Peters: A slow start has been had by the anglers fishing this normally early season stretch, roach and rudd have shown even odd skimmers and small tench to 2lb. Pole and tip are finding the fish but still plenty of activity amongst the reeds suggesting some of the fish are still spawning.
Pingles: Bream to 4lb and odd roach showing on the pole line over a ground baited area presenting caster, worm and maggot as a hook bait.
Neepes: Skimmers are the only showing fish during the first week of the season all showing on the tip.
Ten Mile Bank: Wissey Mouth bream to 5lb showing on the tip. Heavy ground baited swims have seen the bream feed over when offering maggot, worm and caster as a hook bait.
Denver End: 30-40lb nets have been reported on the tip, with a mixture of skimmers between 12oz to 2lb 8oz, pre-baited swims have benefited the anglers at this end of TMB.
Relief Channel Saddlebow: Early season bream to nearly 9lb caught on the tip, reported from anglers after pre-baiting.
Cut Off Channel: Another water which has seen the benefits of pre-baiting before the new season kicked into action, the first 100lb catch was recorded supported by other catches of 60lb plus. Night sessions have been very rewarding for anglers targeting the bream to 8lb 8oz.
Springside: This lake has continued to show terrific form, carp and tench now showing in open water as well as the margin swims.
Carp to 14lb and tench to 6lb continue to feed strongly when offering a method feeder presenting either corn, meat and pellet as a hook bait.
Roach and rudd also feed well on the pole, whip and waggler when presenting caster, maggot, pinkie and bread as a hook bait.
Bear Lake: After a couple of slower weeks on this little doughnut lake the carp have really got back into feeding strongly, multiple catches are being continuously reported with average carp to 12lb being recorded. Method feeder and pole both work well when fishing tight to the island. Pellet, meat and corn are scoring very well on the hook.
Queen’s Lake: Quality bream catches have been reported to 65lb.
Skimmers from 1lb to bream to 7lb 14oz have all shown on both traditional cage feeder style set up and the method feeder when presenting either pellet or double red maggot as a hook bait.
Quality roach and rudd have also shown well when targeted when using the whip and waggler.
Shepherd’s Lake: Another lake which has started to show some form.
Bream to 5lb have been the dominant feeders showing frequently on the method feeder when offering pellet and corn as a hook bait. Carp to 15lb have also been feeding on carp style tactics when presenting a boillie on the hair. Odd pockets of roach and rudd have now started to show on the whip, pole and waggler when using maggot and caster as a hook bait.
Ken Hill: Plenty of quality roach and rudd to 1lb have shown on the whip, pole and waggler. Corn has been used to pick out the better stamp fish; maggot and bread are also working well.
Tottenhill: Bream are showing well on the pole line at 13 metres, carp to 13lb showing on the match style method feeder when presenting pellet on the hook. Roach are showing well when targeted, and tench to 4lb being recorded. Best baits this week have been pellet (soft and hard) corn, maize and meat.
All methods have worked in finding the feeding fish.