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The first stocking took place on 12th March. In the first 3 days after that 2000 top quality Triploid Brown Trout were stocked averaging 1.75lb. The following week saw another 150 fish stocked that averaged 9.6 lb. Yes you did read that correctly. The monster brown?s that went in on the second stocking were between 8- 14lb. Let me tell you something, they were absolute stonkers and have set us up nicely for the forthcoming season folks, its going to be a cracker!

Anyway needless to say the lake has been fishing very well as a result. The nice weather last week warmed the water up nicely. There were some prolific buzzer hatches as a result and morning and evening rises were more than evident, especially when sunny conditions prevailed throughout the afternoon.

There have been some cracking reports lately from anglers employing all methods including fly, spinner and worm and from both the bank and the boats a like. However spinning tactics seems to be the hot favourite at the moment. Indeed, Tim Levitt from Shropshire fished from the boats and landed an 8 pounder and a 6 pounder. Greg Watson also used a toby to catch and release another 8 pounder at the weekend. New owner Jim Roberstson has landed a few nice fish, some well into double figure?s off the boat jetty, again on Tobies (see attached photo). His wife Jill also had a nice one on similar tactics approaching 10lb. Brad Treeby from Hawkshead also got in on the action by landing one of the big puppies off the boat jetty and Andy Teale and Ray Proctor from Blackpool had a cracking day from the boats, landing 20+ Trout to spinning tactics.


Well what a season it has been on the Pike fishing front, one of the best ever that?s for sure. Ever since we opened the doors to Pike anglers back in October the fishing has been very consistent indeed. The Pike fishing was excellent in October and November, with trolled deadbaits and lures doing very well. The Pike were really smashing the baits. Exciting fishing, that?s for sure! But as soon as the water temperature dropped off in December it was still very good, however static dead?s seemed to take over as the going method, as the Pike?s metabolism slowed. The consistency of the sport has continued up until the last couple of weeks, were the early spring weather has sent the Pike into spawning mode and has disrupted the pattern some what, however some of the smaller male Pike have still been providing some excellent sport still on lures!

Some recent captures include Steven and Jack Coward from Sunderland who fished from the banking opposite the ticket office. They had 3 nice fish to 19lb 1oz on static dead?s. Also fishing from the bank Jamie Robb from Carnforth had a lovely fat 20lber(see attached photo). Mark Illingworth from Yorkshire also landed a 21 pounder off the car park on Mackerel tail. Adam Chumbley from Hexham had a great guided Pike fishing day with, 3 fish, 2 over 20lb, best 22lb and Zan Fell also experienced a cracking day out on a guided trip landing a personal best of 21lb. Another guided trip resulted in a personal best for Mark Hankin from Merseyside who also landed a 21 pounder.

There were many more 20lb and double figure fish reported, too many to mention here, but a great way of keeping up with the daily catches is to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Our Pike season starts again on October 1st and we are already taking bookings for boats and guided trips, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at the ticket office on 015394 36541.

The general Coarse fishing has been on top form recently, Steve Smith and Steve Chapman from Barrow had a belting few hours sport off the entrance to Swimming Pool at the North end of the lake, landing a 20lb bag of mixed Coarse fish each. Don?t forget folks we are now open all year round for Coarse fishing with maggots and groundbait . Feeder fishing tactics reign supreme, however float and pole tactics will come into their own as the weather warms. Expect a cracking season. Last year was the first season we were open throughout the summer and what a summer it was too. In the right peg at the right time, it was a bite a chuck all day every day. Day tickets cost just 10.

Look forward to seeing you all folks, looks set to be a really busy season here at Esthwaite, regardless what species you are fishing for!

To keep up with daily activity here at the fishery, please follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Google+. To book a boat or make enquiries please telephone Dave on 015394 36541.

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Best Regards

David Coleman M.I.F.M


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