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Fishing Reports


DATE: Wednesday April 15th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ fish for many today
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 11lb12oz for Roger Marshall
BEST RAINBOW: 8lbs 4oz for Mr Lemon
BEST BROWN: 5lbs(est) for Ron melling
BANK ROD AV: 8.3fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 7.1fish per angler
Drizzly, overcast and breezier than forecast calmed to be dry and less breezy by early afternoon, to transform into warm and sunny by evening. The sport was good on the bank throughout the day, on the boats it was also good but deteriorated as the afternoon progressed (for some but not all). The majority of today’s boat anglers caught their fish in the northern shallows, the most productive methods being to pull lures or black buzzers. There were some fine fish caught too. Ron Melling caught a 5lb (est) brown trout in the Gull Island area on a gold headed olive damsel. Mr Lemon had a fine 8lb 4oz rainbow pulling a fritzy lure caught tight to the willows beyond Willow Island. James Dalby, who lives nearby, brought his Dad up for the last couple of hours of the day to take a boat into the Northern Shallows. James caught two fine Rainbows giving him a 4lb 4oz bag of perfect specimens, fishing a hot headed olive damsel. James (age 14) has featured in our reports before so watch this space.
See you next time, Nick

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:09 pm April 15, 2015

DATE:                                          Tuesday April 14th
REPORT AUTHOR                   Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:              10+ fish for Bob Fitzpatrick, Ted Keighley, Mick Greenhalgh & G Keighley
BEST RAINBOW:                      10lbs 4oz for Gerry McLoughlin
BANK ROD AV:                         17.25 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                          4.80 fish per angler
Sport: It started windy but the sun came out and the strength dropped out of the wind as the day went on.
Out on the boats Derek Moore and Bob Fitzpatrick fished all around the Northern end of the reservoir on various mini lures to tempt eighteen trout to the boat between them.
Gerry McLoughlin took the best fish of the day, a stunning 10lb 4oz rainbow from Newclose. Gerry thought he was stuck on the bottom at first and actually pulled hard to try and free his fly or snap his line. Then he felt a heavy knocking and realised it was trout! Fish on. It put up as really dogged fight and made several powerful runs down into the depths, but after 15 or 20 minutes it finally succumbed to the net. Good angling Gerry.
The bank anglers today had cricket scores as stocked were blown with the wind across the front of them. They really had some great fun and amongst the stockies were some cracking resident rainbows as well. Mick Greenhalgh was top rod catching most of his fish on damsel patterns. The weather looks great over the next few days so hopefully we’ll some great sport. Tight Lines Ben

Gerry McLoughlin caught this stunning 10lb 4ozx rainbow on a viva fished on a floating line whilst boat fishing in Newclose Bay. What a cracker!

Gerry McLoughlin caught this stunning 10lb 4ozx rainbow on a viva fished on a floating line whilst boat fishing in Newclose Bay. What a cracker!

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:17 pm April 14, 2015

DATE: Monday April 13th.
NOTABLE CATCHES: Several, see below.
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish weighing 4lb for Terry Overy.
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs 8oz for Ricky Newbolt.
BANK ROD AV: 5.50 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 12.66 fish per angler.
Sport: After a sunny morning the cloud increased and the temperature dropped as the afternoon went on. Out on a boat today was Ricky Newbolt who had a great day landing 15 fish. Ricky found 2 methods working with buzzers on a floating line and various lures on an intermediate line whilst fishing at both willow and gull islands. Paul Tweddle also had a super day landing 17 trout but i have no further info. The good sport continued in Ian Greenwood and Mark Tyndalls boat with 20 fish between them. They caught the majority of their fish around the dam on nymphs. Bringing 24 fish to their boat was Bob Fitzpatrick and Tony Plant. Bob and Tony caught their fish from both the northern shallows and around gull island with cormorants accounting for most of their fish. Terry Overy fished the bank off Bell point to take his 10 fish with a yellow lure being his top pattern. The great sport continues. Syotw.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 6:17 pm April 13, 2015

DATE: Sunday April 12th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 5 fish for Mr Barlow, Mr Slater
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 14lb 14oz for Mr Slater
BEST RAINBOW: 6lbs 14oz for Mr Slater
BOAT ROD AV: 1.4fish per angler
Sport: We were forecast heavy rain and strong winds today and the weather was indeed most vile. Consequently Stocks was quiet with no bank anglers and only 8 boats on the water.
Seven of the eight boats were occupied by the hardy men of North West Fly Fishers who, undaunted by the bleakness that lay ahead, set forth and headed for the Northern Shallows to cast their flies. Fish were caught but not in the numbers we have seen recently and certainly not by all. Determination saw them through to an earlier than planned finish, and proceedings were not without the odd mishap, however respect is due to all of the NWFF for seeing their friendly comp’ through.
Positions 1 to 5 on the table are as follows:
1st Mr Slater 5 fish Bag, 14lb 14oz
2nd Mr Wade 4 fish Bag, 9lb 9oz
3rd Mr Barlow 5 fish Bag, 9lb 6oz
4th Mr Jannion 4 fish Bag, 9lb 2oz
5= MrStubbs 2 fish Bag, 4lb 4oz
5= Mr Morgan 2 fish Bag, 4lb 4oz.

Once the weather sorts itself out we should see an improvement in sport. As my learned colleague Mr Bebb observes ‘it is what it is’.

Well done to all who braved today’s misery earlier on in the day, and we shall see you next time. Nick.


Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:13 pm April 12, 2015

DATE:                                         Saturday April 11th
REPORT AUTHOR                  Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:             10+ fish for Geoff Thomas & George Ashton
NOTABLE BAG:                        5 fish for 14lbs 9oz for Peter Brydon
BEST RAINBOW:                     6lbs for Peter Brydon & Andy Hargreaves
BANK ROD AV:                         1.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                         3.0 fish per angler
Sport: What a difference a day makes. The change in weather definitely lowered the rod average today. The trout were still up for it but the wind made presentation difficult. We had two groups of anglers on today holding friendly matches, mainly on the boats but we had a scattering of bank anglers as well. First to arrive this morning were CSSC Merseyside with 16 anglers braving the wind and heading out on the boats. Many of them went for the shelter of the southern end of the reservoir, but the place to be was North around Willow Island and the Northern Shallows. The top rod was George Ashton with 10 trout caught on blobs and nomads fished on Di3 line. In second place was Ashley Robertson who caught 9 trout on a variety of lures fished on a Di3. In 3rd place was Chris Skerratt who also had trout, but I’m not exactly sure of his methods. See pics below. It was great to see you again guys.
The second group to arrive was Brain Stark and the Scottish Power anglers. They arrived a little later after a fairly heavy night and set out on the water. Their top rod was Brian Hunter who caught 3 trout for 6lbs 6oz. He also caught their best fish so the prize went to second best a trout of 2lbs 8oz caught by Tim Burley. Great to see you guys too and I hope you enjoy your night tonight.
Outside either group the top angler on the fishery today was Geoff Thomas who had lots of trout on humongous lures and orange blobs. Geoff fished over Phil’s Flats and the Northern Shallows.
Below is a picture of Richie Kelly and the huge 16lb 4oz Brownie he caught yesterday off Willow Island and a picture of Mark Abbott with a cracking 8lb rainbow caught from Bank House Fly Fishery. Tight Lines Ben


Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:05 pm April 11, 2015

DATE: Friday April 10th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ fish for Bob Fitzpatrick, Steve Bland, Derek Moore, Tom Speak, Bill Menzies, George Ashton, William Wales, Ken Whiteside, G Earnshaw, Mick Greenhalgh
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 9lb 12oz for Mick Greenhalgh
BEST RAINBOW: 7lbs 12oz for Mick Greenhalgh
BEST BROWN: 16lb 4oz for Richie Kelly
BANK ROD AV: 6.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 8.4 fish per angler
Incredible again as reflected in the table above with a good number of anglers catching over 10 trout in all areas from the bank and the boat.
Buzzers and nymphs continue to catch very well with blacks and reds appearing to score the best. The biggest catches however were actually made pulling lures and blobs from the boats in the Northern Shallows.
Well done to Richie Kelly who netted a brown trout of 16lb+ in the Willow Island area. Richies specimen fish was a tagged prize fish winning him a new Wychwood truefly rod and SLA reel.
See you next time, Nick


Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:16 pm April 10, 2015

DATE: Thursday April 9th.
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish weighing 7lb 8oz for John Kirkham.
BEST RAINBOW: Several weighing 4 lbs.
BEST BROWN: 3lb 8oz for John Kirkham.
BANK ROD AV: 7.72 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 6.90 fish per angler.
Sport: The super weather continues again today and so too does the great fishing. Lets see how the bank anglers fared. Ray Mercer had a good half day landing 14 trout. Ray fished from Bell point where he found a black and green lure to be his best pattern. Landing 7 fish from near by Hartleys was E Griffiths who also found black and green effective in the form of a green pea. Martin Cottam made a good catch from Newclose bay with all his 9 fish falling to buzzers on a floating line. Richard Wincer landed 12 fish whilst roaming the bank with buzzers his best pattern. Andrew Earnshaw had a good day landing 9 fish from Hartleys bank. His best tactic was an orange lure on an intermediate line. Ian King caught 8 rainbows in just a few hours whilst fishing from Bell point with a Montana being his favoured pattern. John Kirkham had a busy half day landing 14 trout. John was another angler to find buzzers effective this time in Hollins bay. Out on a boat today was Stuart McCaughie who enjoyed excellent sport netting 14 fish. Stuart caught all his fish on buzzers on a floating line with his best areas being the causeway and willow island. Bob Fitzpatrick and Derek Moore had a good day afloat landing 16 fish between them. They caught on a combination of nymphs and boobies whilst drifting all over the lake. Our very own Nick went out on a boat this afternoon with Dave Hitchen and caught 13 trout between them from the northern shallows and gull island with Nicks best pattern being a bloodworm on a floating line. Syotw.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:05 pm April 9, 2015

DATE: Wednesday April 8th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ fish for Peter Taylor, Gary Allen, Keith Landless, Mr Shaw,Rob Shelton, Keith Charnock, Bob Fitzpatrick, Elliot Horrocks, John Lord,J Henshall
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 12lb for Mr Shaw
BEST RAINBOW: 7lbs est for Elliot Horrocks
BANK ROD AV: 6.1 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 12.1 fish per angler
Sport: Excellent!
Firstly; the rod averages above are not typos, today was very much a ‘red letter day’ at Stocks.
Light winds with a minimal ripple, blue skies for much of the day, 18 degrees C and shirt sleeves, swallows arriving and the first osprey sighting of the year……… I could go on but I think the ingredients already mentioned have built enough of a picture.
With 15 anglers on the bank and 13 boats on the water the stats’ above are a true representation of how truly excellent the fishing has been today. Various methods caught fish with varying degrees of success, however the vast majority were caught fishing buzzers, blacks reds and olives, and in all areas. One exception was Elliot Horrocks who, along with his boat partner, achieved what can only be described as a cricket score. Elliot’s method was fishing a Dawsons Nomad with a floating line and a fast retrieve. Amongst Elliot’s catch were a 7lb rainbow and a tagged fish winning Elliot a Full Day 5 fish ticket. Well done Elliot!
Thanks to Peter for the wonderful potatoes.
See you next time, Nick.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:43 pm April 8, 2015

DATE: Tuesday April 7th.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 13 fish for Richard Dove.
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish weighing 12lb 8oz for Keith Hilton.
BEST RAINBOW: 13lb 8oz for Bob Fitzpatrick.
BEST BLUE: 4lb for Richard Dove.
BANK ROD AV: 4.22 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 6.25 fish per angler.
Sport: Another nice spring day with warm bright sunshine, great. As well as some good catches being recorded there have also been some of Stocks bigger fish caught with several weighing over 5lb including an 8lb 8oz specimen for M Greenhalgh, a 7lb fish for Ray Entwistle and a whopper caught by bob Fitzpatrick that was estimated to weigh in the region of 13lb 8oz before being released to fight another day. Fishing from the bank today off Bell point was Ray Entwistle who netted 8 rainbows with a black and green fritz lure. Landing 13 fish whilst fishing the bank at two trees was Richard Dove who found a yellow dancer fished on a floating line to be an effective tactic. Out on a boat today was Bob Fitzpatrick who netted 8 fish. Bob drifted all over the northern shallows but found most of his fish to be very tight into the sticks near the causeway where buzzers on a midge tip line accounted for most of his trout. Landing 10 trout from a boat was Keith Hilton who fished all over the lake taking a fish here and a fish there. Keith kept changing flies and lines to tempt his fish. The nice weather is forecast to continue for the rest of the week. Syotw.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:51 pm April 7, 2015

DATE:                                         Monday April 6th
REPORT AUTHOR                  Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:            16 fish for Peter Andrews
BEST RAINBOW:                    Several at 3lbs
BEST BROWN:                        2lbs 8oz Frank Green
BANK ROD AV:                       2.50 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                       5.75 fish per angler
Sport: The boat anglers had the best sport today where there were a couple of very good catches. Peter Andrews fished in many different spots around the reservoir to catch 16 trout on black buzzers and Tom Gott had 12 trout on intermediate lines and cormorants. He fished around Willow Island and over the Northern Shallows. The weather is great at the moment for buzzer fishing, light winds and hatching fly. Tight Lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:12 pm April 6, 2015

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