Rutland Water finished the season on a high with catch returns for the period 15 to 22 December showing that 222 anglers took advantage of the mild conditions and caught 682 fish. Giving an excellent rod average of over three.
Fish had been seen moving in the surface all around the lake, close in, taking small black and green buzzers. Several anglers reported catching fish on dry flies, other anglers took fish on minkies, tadpoles, buzzers and hares ears
John Season, Senior Warden, at Rutland Water said "this is the best winter fishing we can remember"
14 year old Ross Davis from Evington, Leicester had four fish including a 6lb rainbow. Ross Millagan from West Bridgeford, Nottingham had four superb fish for 15lb 8oz. Tony Day from Cambridge, George Branwell from Loughborough and William Allardyce from Leicester all recorded 4lb fish in their limits.
Statistics for the 2002 season: Fish Caught 49,660 Rod Average 3.2 Best Rainbow 14lb 4oz taken by Mike Burnside of County Durham who took this superb fish on a fry pattern fished from a boat in the south arm during May. Best Brown 8lb 2oz taken by Nick Alton of Doncaster from a drifting in boat off Inmans Spinnery with sparkler booby on a sinking line during September.
Pitsford Water has also had an exceptional year, finishing the season with a rod average of almost 3. The brown trout fishery record was broken and the rainbow record was within a few ounces of falling. Beginner courses were very popular at Pitsford last year, with many participants taking advantage of the ‘starter season permit’ and going on to gain experience by joining in the various leagues run for fun during the year.
Statistics for the 2002 season : Fish Caught 15,225 Rod Average 2.8 Best Rainbow 13lb 4oz taken by Geoff Adams of Northampton from the bank opposite the Pines. Taken on a size 14 hares ear ‘with a bit of extra twinkle’ during August. Best Brown 14lb 3oz taken by Rob Layton of Old, Northants from the bank in Pitsford Creek using a diawl bach on the top dropper during July. The fish gave a fantastic fight on 6lb leader and was the best fish Rob had ever caught. It is also a new fishery record for Pitsford
Ravensthorpe Reservoir continued it’s fame for big fish and plenty of them, finishing the season with a rod average of 4.5 and a record rainbow. Mick Beardsley, Warden, at the fishery retired at the end of the year after over 10 years service to our anglers. However I am sure you will all continue to see him on the boats and banks at Ravensthorpe this year.
Statistics for the 2002 season : Fish Taken 2,966 Fish Released 8,460 Rod Average 4.5 Best Rainbow 16lb 13?oz taken by Reg Belham of Duston, Northants who smashed the fishery record from a boat off Mongers Point using a ‘Pitsford Pea’ on fast sinking line. Reg also took a 12 pounder the same day in June. Best Brown 7lb 12oz taken by Mark Flavin just a few feet from the lodge bank on a damsel nymph in July.
Grafham Water continued to fish well right to the last day, with the harbour wall, producing fish on a daily basis. Winter fishing saw some of the best bags of the season with Keith Jones of Glinton, Peterborough taking 31lb 9oz off the harbour arms on a white minkie booby during a late December session.
Statistics for the 2002 season : Fish Caught 23,402 Rod Average 3.29 Best Rainbow 8lb 7oz taken by Fred Taggart Great Staughton on an olive buzzer from the dam wall during May. Best Brown 6lb 1oz taken by Robert Allen of Northampton from the right harbour arm on a black meanie and intermediate line during the gales of 29 October