Fishery Consultant’s report for June 2019

The returns for June show that at 580 angler visits 2156 trout were caught with an average weight for the fish taken of 2 lb 8 oz and a catch rate of 3.72 per angler visit. 91 rainbows of over 20 inches were taken during the month, best 6 lb 6. The best brown was 8 lb. Both lakes continued to fish well with the west lake producing the most fish.
The coarse fish have produced an exceptional number of fry this year and the trout have fed on them throughout most of June. Sinfoil’s fry, Dawson’s Olive and Montana proved to be the best flies for the fry feeders. Some Hawthorns, Black Gnats and Alder Flies were on the water, and the occasional May fly was hatching.

The water levels on West are down by 8 ft and stand at 28ft. The East remains at 29ft; both lakes are continuing to fall very slowly. The trout are very close to the lake edges where floating lines and small flies are fishing best. Perch pin-fry are still being taken next to the weed beds and are giving great sport on the surface.

Prospects and Flies

July will see hatches of damsel’s and sedges of various kinds and, given further good weather, the prospects look excellent. As was found to be the case in June, bank anglers may find that a sinking line or heavy intermediate line may be a better choice to take the fry feeders as the month proceeds.