Stocks Reservoir viewed from the Causeway

Fishing Report – Stocks Reservoir 5th March 2020

March 9, 2020 Off By Ian Whitcombe

DATE:                                Wednesday March 4th & Thursday March 5th
REPORT AUTHOR            Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:       14 fish for Mr Barrett and 11 fish for Paul Miller
BEST RNB:                         6lbs 2oz for Barrie Lancaster
BEST BLUE:                       2lbs 8oz Mr?
BEST BAG:                         5 trout for 15lbs 8oz for S Barrett, 13lbs for Dave Fitton
ROD AV:                             5.20 fish per angler

It could be said that the trout have finally realised that the 2020 season has started! However, considering the appalling conditions they have had to endure during the latter half of February, I think that would be a bit unfair. I am delighted to say that over the last few days Stocks has really started to turn on.

Mr Barrett had fourteen fish whilst fishing along Hartley’s Bank with a floating line and an orange gold head. He put five on the scales for 15lbs 8oz.
Paul Miller caught eleven trout on a black and silver booby fished around two trees. Paul caught this impressive catch whilst on a half day ticket.
Steve Carter caught eight rainbows to 3lbs 8oz and put four on the scales for 12lbs. Amongst his eight fish catch was prize tagged trout earning him a Greys Duffle Bag worth £60. Not a bad start to the season. Steve caught his fish from Barn Quarry on a Montana nymph fished on a sink tip line.
Kevin Billington also caught eight fish on a half day ticket. He caught buzzers fished on a floating line near Two Trees.

When the conditions are calm and sunny small black and olive buzzers have been hatching and the trout are rising for them. We have had some good bags taken on buzzers, something that I am sure will continue to happen throughout the coming weeks.

Dave Fitton had six trout on buzzers and an orange blob from Hollins Hurdle.
The best fish was a rainbow of 6lbs 2oz caught by Barrie Lancaster on a black tadpole and a floating line.
In summary floating lines have been the most consistent, and orange lures, black buzzers, cormorants and black/sparkler boobies the most consistent patterns. The fish are tight in to margins all the way from Hollins to Bell Point. However, most of the reservoir has not yet been fished yet, very few boats have ventured north, so there are bound to be hot spots that we do not know about, I am sure we’ll find out more over the course of the next few days. Tight Lines Ben