2023 Latest Fishery News!

Breaking - 27th May 2023 - Spawning underway!

The Carp have finally started spawning on the reservoir, therefore there are some bank closures now in place.
The whole of the field side now closed for fishing until further notice. Spawning began in 'Summers Bay' before they migrated down into 'Teabag' before moving back towards the Dam Wall.
Over the last few hours, more fish have started to get involved and that is the reason why the closures are so broad.

As soon as anything changes we will let you all know via our website and social media pages. Closures are likely to remain in place for several days to also allow recovery.

Pre-spawn pig-up - Despite last weekend proving somewhat tough on the fishing front, the couple of days leading up to spawning was reasonably hectic.
We've seen hits including another trio of thirties as well as quickfire brace of thirties to over 35lb and a barrage of twenties to 29lb+.
Captures came from all over the reservoir and it does looks to possibly be the last big feed before a few weeks of shenanigans.
Congrats to all the lads amongst the action, some stunning looking fish!


Many Thanks & Tight Lines

22nd May 2023 - Field side access now open!

Members are now permitted to drive and park on the grass behind their swim along the field side bank. Individuals MUST NOT drive to swims just to take a look around or see a fellow angler. If you are unsure where you are fishing then please park on the hard standing and go for a walk.
Authorised family guests MUST NOT drive directly to a swim and should leave their vehicle on the hard standing.

Please ensure all gates are closed fully and chained when driving to 'Gate 1' as the cattle are grazing said field. If you value your wing mirrors and bodywork then it is advisable to drop your motor behind either of the gates along that bank. There is enough room to fit two cars per gateway and DO NOT attempt to drive along the actual bank to get closer to a swim. Guilty parties will lose their ticket.
Finally, anglers MUST NOT sleep in their vehicle when behind their swim. You are to use a brolly, bivvy or under the stars.
Vehicles must be left in the field and not reversed into swims between 'Teabag' & 'Back of Weedy Bay'.

Stalking & Spawning - Members should NOT be fishing from the spit for any reason whatsoever. We have received requests from anglers to fish off the right hand side of the spit to gain access to the Carp prepping themselves for spawning in 'Summers Bay'. This is strictly forbidden for a number of reasons. Again, there will be no tolerance for guilty parties.
We will keep you all up to date of the spawning situation, it all depends on how warm the weather becomes this week.

Many Thanks

21st May 2023 - Thirties club!

Member Ian has bagged a few 'jewels' from the reservoir over the last couple of weeks following a twelve fish rout and a trio of thirties, here's three of the best.
Congrats mate, some absolute beauties!


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18th May 2023 - Angriest of Annies!

The reservoir has been on fire over the last week or so and fortunately enough this member was in the thick of it during his 36-hour trip.
Topping his quartet of captures was the relic 'Angry Annie' at an impressive 34lb 10oz duly followed by a brace of twenties to 28lb+ and a small homegrown stocky.
He has now banked a dozen fish in two visits this year. Off to an absolute flyer, great angling fella!

FIELD SIDE ACCESS - The field side remains closed for vehicle access. There has been no let-up in rain this week and has left the land water-logged yet again. Please ensure all motors are left in the designated car park only.


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14th May 2023 - 'Reserve' Brace!

With the Carp moving in and out of the 'Reserve' quite alot over the last week, it's been a bit of a gamble whether drop in the second to last wood side swim.
Thankfully for this member his efforts paid off as he struck gold with a brace of twenties in the first 12 hours of his trip. Unfortunately, the following 24 hours proved somewhat quiet with a combination of wind changes and naturals pre-occupying them.
Well in mate!


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11th May 2023 - Carp to 39lb+!

So, it proved to be another 'steady' weekend for the coronation, however, we did see Carp to 39lb+ as captures nearly reached double figures. Both banks shared the action but it was evident that alot of the fish that were held up in the 'Reserve' had moved off whether it be only for a couple of days.
Activity almost stagnated following Sunday's warmth but it did pick back up late Monday following the return of heavy showers.
It won't be long before the Carp are looking at a good feed before spawning. Unless something drastic changes, we don't see the bulk of our stock spawning for at least another fortnight to three weeks. There is a possibility that we'll see a few of the younger Carp have a brief go IF we get some consistent warm and settled weather before June.
We'll keep you all posted.

CATTLE GRAZING - Cattle are now grazing the field which leads to 'Gate 1'. Please make sure ALL gates are fully closed and chained after use.

FIELD SIDE ACCESS - The field side remains closed for vehicle access. There has been no let-up in rain this week and has left the land water-logged yet again. Please ensure all motors are left in the designated car park only.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

5th May 2023 - On the naturals!

Despite a lacklustre start to the May Day weekend, the action soon gained pace as the guys landed carp to over 36lb from several swims across the reservoir.
Throughout this week the Carp have been all over the place. Fly hatches and tadpoles have been high-up on the menu but there has still been a few boilie munchers about.
Well in lads.

FIELD SIDE - Vehicle access remains closed for the upcoming weekend. The land is still far too wet to risk traffic especially with more of the wet stuff in the forecast.
As soon as anything changes we will let all our members know.

RULE REMINDER - Buckets should NOT be used to reserve swims. Refer to rule 10 of the fishery. Anyone who comes across a bucket in a swim without an angler present has the right to remove it and fish there.

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Many Thanks & Tight Lines

26th April 2023 - One of the A-Team on return!

Following on from his epic 2022 campaign, member Alan returned last week for his first session of the new season and it is safe to say he hit the ground running.
The rods had not been on the spot for long when one ripped off and went on to slip one of our A-Team commons over the chord. On this appearance, the ‘Two-tone Common’ swung the dials round to 31lb 4oz! Not a bad way to kick off you season, eh?
Great angling as always mate, first of many for sure!!

The reservoir is really starting to take off. Four thirties landed last week along with a barrage of twenties. Some anglers are returning four and five fish hits so they really are getting on the grub!

Field side - At this stage, it is unlikely that field side access for motors will be open in time for the coming bank holiday weekend.
Despite drying out well last week, the weekend’s rain has set us back somewhat. Hopefully it will be open shortly though with settled weather hopefully on the horizon.

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20th April 2023 - Uncaught Trio!

Member Ian is no stranger to hitting the bank during rough weather and that is exactly what he did when storm Noa arrived last week.
He pitched up in the brunt of the battering south-westerly where he had located some fish and proceeded to bag himself three unnamed VS stockies. All of them were up in weight from introduction and looked in prime condition.
These new arrivals are now in our 'Hall of Fame' and can be found under their new titles.
Very well dangled mate.

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16th April 2023 - Easter frenzy!

The Carp have really stepped it up a gear since the Easter weekend with fish to over 30lb now been caught from an array of swims all over the reservoir.
The weather hasn't been pretty this week but it sure has aided the fishing with multiple captures being reported at the peak of the storm.
This trio of uncaught and unnamed homegrown stockies were all taken over Easter. Alongside these stunning little scaleys was a barrage of Tench to over 8lbs. Great angling gents!

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6th April 2023 - Wet under foot!

Heading into the Easter weekend we’ve seen a little more activity on the reservoir with the Carp now appearing to be well spread out.
Despite today’s rain, it has felt very ‘springy’ over the past couple of days and we’re starting to see some greenery amongst the trees.
Prior to today’s downpours, swims and paths on both banks were slowly starting to dry out. However, the volume of water we’ve seen over the last three weeks means several swims and parts of the walk ways are still saturated and there remains standing water in places.
Some swims have been completely submerged by the influx of water so be sure bring your boots.
Once we get a break in the rain it will dry out in no time but until then we’ve got to live with it unfortunately.

Disinfectant baths - The disinfectant baths are back in operation so can all members please ensure all angling equipment that is liable to come into contact with fish is dipped thoroughly. There is one located in each car park and are clearly visable.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

30th March 2023 - Excitement for Easter?!

So, just like that, March has been and gone but I'm sure most of you will probably agree that it hasn't been one to remember especially on the fishing front!
Following the cold weather at the start of the month, we are still feeling the knock-on effects and have only this week started to see a little bit of life on the reservoir.
The snags in particular have offered the most activity which is often one of the first signs they are getting themselves ready and cleaning off the winter parasites.
Unfortunately, the latest wave of weather has left us with raised water levels and saturated land therefore making it very unlikely that the field side will have open access for motors over the Easter weekend. If planning a visit, please ensure you pack your barrow!

Reminder - Three places remain available for the Memorial match in September. Deposits to secure your place are also due by the 1st of May.

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

19th March 2023 - Installation in 'Peg 1'!

On Thursday the CRT installed a new digital water level monitor on the reservoir that they can operate remotely.
Unfortunately, the device now impedes a large area of the 'Peg 1' swim on the wood side.
The pole and battery itself is located by the dam wall, however, the transducer which sends the data runs out to over 50m into the reservoir.

(The following images shows its positioning.)
At the end of the yellow line in open water sits the transducer. Cables run to the transducer which are protected by a conduit pipe wrapped in a mass of chains. This runs in a direct line as shown by the yellow marker.
The transducer is located in 2.4m of water and runs along a soft silt bed which is approximately 1.5-2m deep.
Due to the weight of the anchor chains around the conduit, they expect it to bury itself within 12-24 months if not sooner!
'Peg 1' is obviously shown by the red marker so you can see how much it obstructs the swim.
Now, we are leaving the swim open and we expect that with the knowledge of this information, anglers will fish the swim respectfully until it settles down.
Don’t go dragging a lead around in the area shown or you will lose your gear, simple as that!
Playing a Carp around the obstacle shouldn’t be as much of a worry.

Unfortunately, this installation is completely out of our hands, so please don’t aim any frustration at us. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it.

If for whatever reason the swim becomes a bigger issue than it needs to be, we will have no other option but to close the peg permanently.

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Many Thanks & Tight Lines

10th March 2023 - Last of the winter weather?!

Having seen the worst weather of the winter so far this week, we're hoping it is now behind us and this can be the turning point for the campaign ahead.
We always knew some severe cold weather would reach us before spring arrived but ideally we don't want it to hinder March longer than necessary as it is an integral part of the season when it comes to 'life' on the reservoir.
This time last year we were just starting to see a few captures being made having taken three or four weeks to adjust from a brief cold snap in February. Yes we've seen several Carp grace the bank already this year but the recent snow and sub-zero figures will almost certainly 'reset' the process if you like.
There is still a little uncertainty on what the next couple of weeks hold but hopefully it's a case of the temperatures getting back to where they should be for the time of year and we can greet spring officially with a few Carp on the bank.

Tight Lines

2nd March 2023 - Two Fish Feb!

Despite being one of the most active Februarys we've ever known, the month ended off with just two Carp caught.
Last Thursday afternoon produced the second Carp of the month in the shape of a stunning 19lb Common from one of the deep-water swims along the wood side bank.
The bite occurred shortly before dusk and not long after setting the traps for the night. Something that has happened quite often so far this year.
Congrats to the member on his second fish of the campaign.

The nights are starting to draw out a little and the thought of spring grows ever closer but in regards to sub-zero temperatures, we aren't out of the woods just yet. It looks as though the cold weather is set to return early next week and could bring with it the risk of snow!
This will of course knock us back a little but considering the freakishly mild conditions we saw in Feb', you have to expect it.

Memorial Match Update - Just THREE (3) places remain for September's match. please get in touch if you would like to get your name down. £10 deposits are to be paid by the 1st of May to secure your place.
Many Thanks

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21st February 2023 - Taking the Michael!

The Carp may be well on the move during this bizzare mild spell but they continue to frustrate the lads in the hunt for a February bite.
A few more members have graced the banks over the last couple of days and have spread out pretty evenly in hope of bagging a winter pig. Although they are not showing all the time, Carp are active in most areas whether that being in the deep water or in the 'Shallows'.
It is that time of year though, you just can't predict what's going to happen next.

Memorial Match Update - Just a reminder that we still have four places left for Gaz's memorial match in September. For the members who already have their names down, we are asking for your £10 entry deposit to be paid by the first of May please in order to secure your place. Please contact Jamie in order to pay your deposit.
It will be here before you know it.
Many Thanks

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14th February 2023 - Will the mild conditions last?!

Despite all the activity that's been going on over the last week, we've seen just one Carp caught in the shape of one of our homegrown stockies.
The Carp have been all over the place with plenty still visiting the 'Shallows' but the bites continue to fall to the deep water swims along the east bank.
Following the recent westerly winds, the field has seen lots of slack water therefore becoming a sun-trap during the latter stages of the day. The Carp have been clear to see and most of them are moving in to feed as well as 'catch' a few rays.
Although temperatures are dropping close to freezing most nights, afternoons are reaching almost 15C and are forecast to go even higher by the end of the coming week.
Will the mild conditions hold out? Long range predictions expect a reasonably severe cold spell to arrive towards the end of the month. It's not ideal for the wildlife but if recent years are anything to go by, we might have to wait a little longer for spring.

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3rd February 2023 - February finally here!

Without getting too far ahead of ourselves seeing as we've only just broke into February but the last few days have offered some real spring vibes which always rallies the enthusiasm at the start of a new campaign.
Although we haven't recorded any captures yet this month, there has been plenty of encouragement that the Carp are well on the move after several fish were spotted mooching around in the 'Shallows' beneath some feeding birds over on the field side.
Under no illusion that we are not yet 'out of the woods' in relation to the return of wintery conditions but the early action we've witnessed in the first five weeks of 2023 is setting up what we hope to be another record-breaking season.

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28th January 2023 - Ice free again!

It has taken a couple of days with the help of a strong north-easterly but the reservoir is now completely ice free again. Clarity has also improved slightly thanks to the cold snap.
Are we set to continue our fine start to the campaign with a few February captures?

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23rd January 2023 - Reservoir Frozen!

We are starting the working week with a lid on the reservoir. There remains a few small pockets of ice free water due to wild fowl but not really enough to consider fishing. If the forecast proves right, we would expect it to have thawed by the end of the week. We'll keep you posted!

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19th January 2023 - Returns hit double-figures!

The reservoir has taken on a huge amount of water over the last week or so but that hasn't prevented the fish from feeding as Carp returns are already into double-figures.
The 'solid bags' approach has produced all of the captures from the deep water swims along the wood side bank. A few nice Tench and Roach have also been on the feed.
Levels have dropped a little since the weekend but we remain very coloured and a good couple of inches above normal.

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10th January 2023 - Eight fish January haul!

Kicking off the new season where we left of in 2022! This member has made an incredible start to his campaign after bagging EIGHT fish to 26lb+ over the weekend. This is one of the best January sessions we have on record and will surely be one the angler won't forget in a hurry.
Great angling and a huge congrats!

Tight Lines

5th January 2023 - Happy New Year!

Happy new Year & welcome along to the 2023 newsfeed!
Here you will find all the latest happenings throughout the season. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages too for round the clock updates.

It's been a reasonably mild start to the campaign with lots of rain but as of yet we have little to report on the Carp front.
Levels are approximately three inches above normal and are likely to be up & down for the next few weeks. Only in the last 24 hours has the reservoir developed a really heavy colour due to a mass influx of water.

In the meantime, can all members please have a quick read and reminder of the fishery rules for the upcoming season. 2023-2024.

See you all soon!

Many Thanks & Tight Lines

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