Grafham Fishing Results

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 12 September 2021

Fish week 211 Returns 62 Rod average 3.4

Grafham is fishing well with a rod average of 3.4 and some quality fish. The best fish of the week was a 6lb 4oz Rainbow. Boat fishing has taken off with boats reporting 20 plus fish in a day. The aerator and the inlet in front of the sludge lagoons continue to be hotspots and plenty of fish have been taken on black lures fished on a di3. The south end of the Dam from A Buoy inwards has fished well to small nymphs and dries. Daddies are now beginning to show so expect daddy patterns to really take off in the coming days/weeks. The points and bays on the north shore seem to be holding the bigger fish and a few anglers have taken advantage of this by fishing floating snail and fry patterns.

Bank fishing at Grafham continues to be challenging and erratic. Northerly winds have seen Deepwater Point, Pylon Point and G mark produce fish in the mornings to small nymphs fished on a washing line. In a southerly fish have been taken at Plummers to shrimp fished over the weed beds. By far the most consistent area for bank anglers continues to be the Dam with shrimp feeders now beginning to show. You can either sit low and wait for a pod to arrive in front of you or you can have a few casts and if there is no response move along 20 yards until you find some fish. Essentially this is drifting by foot and allows you to cover undisturbed water. Still try to keep low as some of the fish are very close to the bank.

Fish stocked: 2,000.

Predator fishing
The Predator fishing continues to be exceptional with plenty of pike to low 20’s and lots of zander to 14lb. The best spots seem to be around the towers, particularly the north. The perch are proving to be a bit more elusive but they are still getting caught by those who find the shoals.

A polite reminder for all anglers to keep their life jackets on whilst on the water. Several anglers have been caught removing their life jackets this week and a couple of repeat offenders had their fishing session terminated as a result.

Forthcoming events: Perch Mania 18-19 September.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 5 September 2021

Rod average 2.7
The recent hot, sunny weather has made fishing more challenging. Those that have ventured out have caught fish but have had to work hard to catch them, typical for this time of year.

Church Hill Bay on the north shore, where the water is gin clear and absolutely teeming with small fry, has been drawing the fish in closer, giving the bank anglers more sport. The trout are just below the surface and will chase fry imitations, getting them to take though is a challenge.

The Seat on the south shore has also produced again with fish being taken on the surface. Those that favour fishing dries should catch fish when there is cloud cover but as soon as the sun shines through, the fish go down.

Bob’s Bits, Big Red and foam daddies are always worth a try with Perch fry, or even blobs, popped across the surface should also attract some attention.

The Dam is a bit of a conundrum at the moment; fish are being caught, but it’s just very erratic. One experienced dam angler has commented that there is very little evidence of the Killer Shrimp, the water is very high so maybe the rising water has come onto barren land so there is no food for the fish to feed on. Those that can cast a long way have been catching. Early morning and later in the evening are the best times, autumn and into winter always produces fantastic sport from the Dam so it’s only a matter of time.

Predator fishing
Wednesday 1 September marked the start of predator fishing at Grafham. We have seen a large number of boats heading out with anglers keen to pursue the specimen Pike, Zander and Perch that Grafham Water holds. Predator fishermen are notoriously cagey about what they catch and where, but reports from those willing to divulge have been very positive and enthusiastic. Pike to 30lb and Zander to 16lb are the best so far that we are aware of. Plenty of smaller Zander, Perch and Pike have fallen victim to the many visitors. It’s also a great opportunity for trout anglers to try a different challenge..

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 29 August 2021

Rod average 3.4
Fishing this week has continued to improve with boat anglers reporting some exciting sport. The weather has been a major factor. Overcast skies and brisk winds have made it perfect for drifting, covering a lot of the reservoir in search of quality trout. Wind permitting, the north shore has been the favoured area with plenty of fish showing from Church Bay right up towards the Willows. There is a large weed bank in this area which is holding lots of snails hence the presence of large pods of trout.

The fish are right up in the water, literally an inch or so down, so the favoured method has been to use fry imitations or poppers as they are more commonly known. Literally plopping the fly on the water then plop, plop plopping it across the surface. It’s fantastic sport and very exciting when a bow wave appears behind, caused by a frenzied trout desperate to seize the offering.

Catching on dries has also been productive, wind permitting. Big reds, Bob’s Bits and Foam Daddies would all be worth trying.

Those that have struggled have relented and have succumbed to fishing the Boils and the Inlet. Both continue to produce fish but it can get very busy and frantic at times.

Fishing from the bank is still quite a challenge but an improvement on last week with reports of fish coming from The Dam, G Buoy, Willows and Deep Water Point. Shrimp patterns, diawl bachs, hares ears with a FAB on the point and presented correctly will always catch fish. Autumn is just around the corner so that only means one thing – shrimp frenzy.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 22 August 2021

Rod average 3.8
Fishing from the dam has worked for some anglers with bank fishing rather challenging in some other areas at the moment with fish making for the deeper, cooler water. Better times are just around the corner with water temperatures falling and the weed dying back. Wading won’t be necessary because the trout will come into the shallows in search of the notorious ‘killer shrimp’. It’s not uncommon for the bank to outfish the boats once autumn is here. 

There is an incredible amount of small fry showing, especially in the shallows and under the boats in the harbour, this could be another reason why the fishing can be challenging.

Last Wednesday and Thursday boat anglers were reporting taking plenty of fish with many other fish showing and following but then coming short. Those rods that were lucky enough to catch fish did so by switching to smaller flies. Size 14, crunchers, diawl bachs, hares ears and nymphs.

The deep water at Grafham is what is referred to as the basin/bowl area which is from G buoy on the north shore across to Gaynes Cove on the south shore towards the dam. The Boils is always very popular when the water is so warm but can get very busy. You will catch fish but will have to join the queue!

The predator season starts on 1 September. Many days are already fully booked and several more have limited availability. To avoid disappointment please book your boats direct with the fishing lodge by calling 01480 810531.


Anglian Water fishery report w/e 17 August 2021

Fish week 402 Returns 107 Rod average 3.75
Boat fishing at Grafham this week has been good. The inlet and the boils have produced good bags to lures, blobs and fabs cast into the centre of the boil or inlet and left to swing out. The slick downwind of the inlet across to the Willows on south west winds has fish topping that will take crunchers diawl bach, pheasant tail or muskins fished washing line style. Other boat areas that fished well are Deep Water Point – again with washing line tactics and all along the front of the dam 75-100 yards out with a small lure on a slow glass line. One angler had over 20 trout to this tactic earlier this week. There are some better trout coming out in the evening in front of the aqua park near G buoy after the bathers have gone home.

The south end of the dam remains the best spot for bank anglers using the same methods as bank anglers. Alternatively some fish have been taken in the evening wading off the lodge bank and the harbour continues to produce fish once the boats are in and the light levels drop. The predator anglers have reported numbers of zander and perch in 8-10 feet of water close to the banks along the north shore where the fry are in abundance among the weedbeds.

Grafham Tuesday Evening boat League
This very popular series ended with a teenager taking Top Rod, catching 6 fish on all of his best 10 evenings, an amazing performance. 

The runner-up took just one fish less with 55 fish taking third.

A total of 253 rods took part in the 13 evenings involving 47 different anglers of whom 38 were Invicta FFC members.

The catch and release series recorded 587 trout an average of 2.2 trout per angler.

Thanks to the team at Invicta FFC for organising, AW Grafham staff for letting us stay out until sunset and the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshing us.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 2oz

Best Brown: 5lb 6oz

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 8 August 2021


Fish week 362 Returns 79 Rod average 4.6


The past week at Grafham has seen mixed results with some anglers bagging up by lunchtime, whilst others have found it more challenging. The best boat spots have been anywhere along the south side of the dam right through to A buoy. The inlet has also been producing some fantastic action. One of our regular anglers has visited us a few times this week and caught his limit every time. His catch included the best fish of the week a magnificent 6lb 7oz Rainbow taken on a tube fly. The north shore has fished well in patches and on Monday one of our season ticket holders reported a red letter day at Deep Water Point. He fished holographic crunchers on a floating line with a fab on the point. This resulted in over 20 fish to the boat with multiple 4lb fish amongst those caught.

The key at the moment seems to be finding the fish on the day; as those who do are enjoying some fantastic sport. Washing lines with a booby or fab on the point stripped back to create a wake will catch bags of trout if you can find them on the day.

Bank fishing is starting to pick up again, especially early morning and late evening. The best areas include the Dam, with plenty of fish also caught from the Seat and Hill Farm. A couple of good fish were taken from the harbour arms last Saturday evening. These were taken on fry patterns and a sinking line cast tight to the moored boats, which is no surprise considering the abundance of fry now present in the harbour.

Best Rainbow: 6lb 7oz

Best Brown: 5lb 5oz.

Forthcoming events: World Predator Classic 14 & 15 August

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 1 August 2021


Fish week 199 Returns 55 Rod average 3.6

Grafham is fishing really well with boat anglers bagging up.  We had reports of some boats landing 10 or 20 fish with a few quieter days. This pattern was also echoed by the bank anglers. Keep an eye on the prevailing wind and weather conditions this week as a guide to the best areas to fish.

Boat anglers are reporting fish higher in the water (in the top two feet), with small dries working on less windy days with small hoppers and crippled midge taking fish. On the windier days when dries can’t be presented, then a washing line set up with booby or fab on the point and nymphs up the line are working well. Choice of nymph seems to be muskins, cruncher, diawl bach or pheasant tail all accounting for good bags of rainbows.

If we get bright sunshine the trout will drop down in the water but good sport can be had with sparkler boobies, especially around the inlet and aerators, also sparkly tube flies fished roly poly have worked well.

Bank fishing has been almost exclusively centred around the dam as most of the fish are feeding in open water well away from the bank. There seem to be three separate feeding spells on the dam with fish coming very early from first light until 7 or 8am, then again from 10am till about 1 or 2pm, then again in the evening until sunset. The best method is a washing line with hares ear, diawl bach and shrimp patterns all working well.  There are a lot of fry in the harbour and around the weedbeds, so fry patterns are also worth a go.

Forthcoming events: World Predator Classic 14 & 15 August

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 27 July 2021

Fish week 132 Returns 29 Rod average 4.55


Another 2,500 900g Rainbows have been stocked into the depths of Grafham this week and despite the hot weather, the fishing has started to improve with the rod average for the week standing at 4.55. Grafham hosted a boat match on Sunday with 54 anglers catching 427 fish for a rod average of 7.9 and the best fish of the match weighing in at 4lb 8oz.

Bank anglers have been enjoying some success off the dam again particularly on nymphs and small diawl bach patterns twiddled back on floating lines, the harbour arms have also started to hit a bit of form now with one angler bagging 5 on a quick evening session.

Boat anglers have been doing well and as always the boils seem to be holding plenty of fish in the warm weather. But the whole of the north shore has also been producing plenty of fish about 100 yards from the bank. Again, most fish seem to be coming to small nymphs fished on floating lines, but don’t dismiss the big lure patterns you may have in your box as these tend to be catching the bigger fish.

With the forecast for the week ahead overcast and cooler we fully expect the fishing to continue improving and the rod average to keep climbing. The water clarity is pretty good and there are plenty of clear spots to fish, particularly along the north shore.

Fish stocked 2,500

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 20 July 2021

Rod average 3.8

Grafham continues to be a challenge with the hot sunny weather we have had this week. Boat anglers are still having the best of the action with the bank anglers struggling during the day.


Early and late is the best time for the bank anglers with fish moving out into deeper, cooler water during the day. The evenings have seen fish rising at the south end of the dam as they slowly move in to feed. Hoppers and small nymphs, crunchers and muskins are working from both bank and boat.

Best boat areas are out in the open water particularly between P and B buoy. Washing line seems to be the best method at the moment with a fab and small nymphs. The boils and inlet will also continue to attract feeding fish but remember not to anchor on them and to allow other anglers to drift into the killing zones.

The Tuesday evening boat league went well with a rod average of 4 plus.

GWFFA 40th Anniversary Day on Sunday 18th July at Grafham Water
Despite the heat and the bright unbroken sunshine 30 GWFFA members took to the water to celebrate 40 years as a club. The event was a catch and release floating line competition from 9am to 2.30pm. Despite the conditions, fish were caught, found high up in the water column. Most anglers headed to P and B buoy. 
The method of the day was to fish a washing line with a fab on the point and two small nymphs such as a black cruncher, black diawl bachs, black muskins and good old PTN. One intrepid angler used a gold bead blue flash damsel to fish deeper and took  three fish quickly on that method.  The fish are still feeding on hatching buzzer but also daphnia. The best recorded fish was a rainbow of 3lb 2oz. 65 fish were caught with a rod average of 2.17. The top two anglers recorded 6 fish apiece with five fish going to both the third and fourth placed. The club held a BBQ after the match. A very big thanks to the AW Grafham rangers and staff who helped make the day a real success.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 12 July 2021

Rod average 2.38 
Grafham Water is experiencing typical fishing conditions for the time of year; with some days of bright skies and very warm weather. So with rising water temperatures the fish swim to the deeper water away from the shore. This has resulted in some challenging bank fishing. In addition a vast quantity of water has been pumped in from the River Ouse, raising the levels far higher than usual for the time of year at Grafham. This is going to influence the behavior of the fish.

Grafham experienced fantastic sport both from the bank and from boats when we re-opened for fishing in April and continued with glowing reports from the many anglers who visited, right through to May. Many high catches were reported with comments like “30 to the boat”, “28 to the boat”, “6lb Brown trout, 8lb Rainbows”; “The best period I have known at Grafham”. It’s disappointing that we aren’t currently experiencing as many red letter days.

35,000 quality trout from three highly regarded fish farms have been stocked so far at Grafham since January. Fewer matches and last year’s Lockdown mean that the water is full of fish; it’s just a question of working out which method to use, what fly to present and with a little patience you will be handsomely rewarded. One such angler took a boat out on Wednesday. He hadn’t fished Grafham in 10 years but knew the water extremely well having fished with us frequently since the sixties. He returned with 6 quality rainbows. He didn’t have a FAB in his fly box and wasn’t even sure what one was! His success was as a result of going back to his old haunts, fishing a 20 foot leader with a ptn on a single dropper and a lightly dressed damsel on the point. “It was just like it used to be in the eighties” was his comment.

So for the time being you will probably need to hire a boat and fish the deeper water with a long leader and mix it up with your choice of fly. Look for something different in your fly box and vary your choice of pattern and fly. Maybe the trout have got wise to seeing the same fly presentations, especially if they have been caught and released a few times. Don’t be despondent, work out what needs to be done and come and have some fun. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 27 June 2021


Fish week 212 Returns 66  Rod average 3.2
A challenging week at Grafham, particularly for the bank anglers. However, fish are still being caught from the Dam either early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun hasn’t pushed the fish out to deeper water. Best methods are fry patterns and other lures fished on an intermediate, vary your retrieve until you find what the fish want on the day. There have also been reports of some early shrimp feeders being caught on size 12’s so this is a promising sign that the fish may soon be moving back to the shore in search of food. The harbour arms are always worth a go and trout can often be seen hitting the shoals of pin fry and bait fish that inhabit the harbour. Again, we would recommend that you try early or late to maximise your chances.

Boat Anglers are picking up most of the fish at the moment and the boils is proving to be the go to spot for consistent action. Please remember that there is strictly no anchoring at the boils and we encourage boats to take turns drifting to allow everyone a go at the fish. There have been lots of fish showing in the middle of the reservoir so a drift from M buoy through the middle could well produce some good sport. Hedge End through to the long bank  produced a good bag of fish to two of our regular anglers fishing on big reds and orange CDCs this week so that is another drift you might want to try.

The water clarity has greatly improved at Grafham this past week with many areas crystal clear and offering a good 10ft of visibility. 

We  also stocked another 2,500 pristine Rainbow trout on Wednesday 23 June and will be putting another 5,000 in early this week, this coupled with the promising weather forecast leads us to believe that the fishing will greatly improve in the coming week and we should see the rod average rocket back up as the anglers return.

Predator fishing has been steady at Grafham with many anglers catching plenty of Zander up to around the 14lb mark, a few pike to low 20s have also made an appearance and as always the resident perch are getting caught by the anglers who find the shoals. If you do decide to pop down for a go at the predators please remember to bring an unhooking matt and suitable forceps. As always all predator fish should be handled with extreme care and only removed from the water for a minimal amount of time.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 20 June 2021


Fish week 52 Returns 23 Rod average 2.2
Anglers like a challenge and that has certainly been the case at Grafham Water this week. With cloudless skies, soaring temperatures and not a ripple on the water the fishing has been very tough. Also in the wake of Perch Mania, which saw the water heavily fished, the fish have scattered and once found are proving finicky.

The recent heavy rainfall and drop in temperature, along with an increase in wind speed, bode well for conditions improving. It’s only a matter of time before the action picks up. The fish are deeper in the water so book your boat, buy your permit and catch some quality Grafham trout.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Evening Boat League  please ask at the lodge for more details

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 13 June 2021

Fish week 247 Returns 61 Rod average 4.0
The recent warm and bright conditions, combined with little to no wind  have made fishing challenging. However, Grafham is set to return to form this week as the water has cleared and cooler weather is forecast. This is particularly good news for boat anglers.

There has been some good sport in front of the nature reserve. There seems to be more clear water there than anywhere else. All the usual points along the north shore have started to clear. The water clarity by G marker is gin clear.

From A marker to the south end of the dam is well worth a try. Washing line tactics and buzzers fished deep have both accounted for catches of over 20 fish.  The boils have been on continuously for the past few days so it would be wise to take advantage of this and drift nearby. Please remember not to anchor on the boils.

In this current hot weather bank angling is best early or late in the day. Fish appear to be switching off the feed or moving well out of casting range in the middle of the day. Washing line with crunchers, diawl bach have been accounting for some very good fish.

Grafham Water hosted Perchmania at the weekend. The event went off extremely well with high numbers of perch and zander being caught. One of our rangers took part and recorded perch up to 4lb and zander to 12lb.

On a serious note to all those anglers fishing for pike on the fly, please remember they are delicate fish that need looking after, especially at this time of year in high temperatures. Handle with care and only take out of the water if absolutely necessary.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Evening Boat League  please ask at the lodge for more details

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 7 June 2021

Fish week 894 Returns 170 Rod average 6.2
The rapid rise in temperature and change in weather conditions has slowed fishing at Grafham. Boat anglers are reporting that the fish are cruising in large groups at the surface ignoring anything cast before them. There is a lot of colour in the water and a spread of algae.

Anglers finding clear water are reporting success with one angler fishing the boils on Saturday taking 20 trout. One of our season ticket holders took a 5lb Rainbow to the scales on Saturday.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Evening Boat League  please ask at the lodge for more details
Perch mania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 25 May 2021

Fish week 1,472 Returns 140 Rod average 10.5
Boat fishing at Grafham has never been so good! The slow ease into the warmer season has forced the fish out into deeper water, the usual weed and food stuffs that we would expect close in has not yet appeared. Although the temperature has been cold, when the sun has been shining and the wind speed has been agreeable drifting with a large flashy lure such as a humungus has been accounting for some fantastic sport. For the traditionalist try a buzzer on a dropper and fish static, this has been working well close in on the south shore by L buoy. 

There has been a definite drop in the quality of fishing for the bank angler, compared to last week the bank has become a hard slog. Anglers are still catching the odd fish from the harbour arms, however the dam and elsewhere has dramatically slowed.

With a total of 1,472 fish caught this week we would estimate that at least 90% have been caught by the boat angler. One angler’s return had a total of 41 fish caught and released from on afternoon’s fishing, the biggest being a 5lb rainbow! It’s challenging work but well worth the outlay if you want to make the most of the great trout fishing at Grafham, so book a boat and get out there!

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Evening Boat League  please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perch mania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 18 May

Fish week 1,488 Returns 166 Rod average 8.9
Grafham continues to be on great form with 166 anglers catching 1,488 trout of which 1,116 were returned safely to the water and we recorded a rod average of 8.9 for the week.

Both boat and bank anglers are enjoying the tremendous sport with the boat anglers doing slightly better than the bank anglers as the fish move out during the sunnier days.

Best boat areas have been Gaynes Cove where the trout are responding to dries, particularly black hoppers or flies that resemble a Hawthorn fly with the long trailing legs as these are being blown onto the water on some days.

Orange Shipmans and big reds have also started to take fish off the surface. If the fish are not showing then a washing line with holo crunchers, red diawl back and in particular a Muskin, are taking a lot of fish from all points along the north shore. Buzzers also continue to score well either straight lined or fished under a bung. For the more energetic anglers among you, if the Boils or the inlet are on then a Di 3 down to a Di 7 pulling snakes or humungus will put a lot of bigger fish into the boat.

The predator fly fishing has started this weekend. This is a fast growing area of our sport and boat bookings are likely to continue to grow so make sure you book your boats early particularly for Saturdays and Sundays.

The bank anglers are also enjoying the great sport with similar tactics to the boat anglers. At the moment the fish want their nymphs fished dead slow to static so try to resist the urge to twiddle. Or if you’re pulling vary your retrieve a bit and leave it on the hang as lot of fish will respond to the change of speed and direction having followed your fly for some distance.

The best bank areas continue to be the harbour arms which despite taking a battering are still producing lots of fish with a sprinkling of 4 or 5 pounders. The extreme south end of the dam up to number 11 or 12 fished well and G, Deep Water Point and Hedge End continue to do well.

Keep an eye on Plummers as this will kick into life soon as anglers have reported seeing early daddy long legs coming off the grass.

Best boat areas: All points on the north shore.

Best bank areas: The dam, G, the Willows, the Seat.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Evening Boat League  please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perch mania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 11 May 2021


Fish week 733 Returns 84 Rod average 8.7
The past week has been one of the best we have ever witnessed at Grafham Water. On Saturday one angler caught over 20 fish from the Harbour Arms in one afternoon. Meanwhile another angler on the opposite arm caught five pounder after five pounder! Incredible bank fishing. One of our regular season ticket holders fished on three consecutive days, arriving at 6am and leaving at noon. He bagged up on all three days and caught and released 10 plus rainbows for good measure. The fish haven’t been feeding so readily on the dam so head for the south shore; anywhere from the Harbour by the Seat up to Plummers car park.

The boat fishing has been just as productive, the beginning of the week saw good catches from the north shore on traditional methods and buzzers. However, as the week progressed the fish began to be caught in high numbers from the south shore. These fish, although mostly stockies, have been coming out at over 3lb as the fish we have been stocking recently have been of a very high and large standard.

Boat anglers have been catching using buzzers as well as lures. If you fancy a bit of roly poly then that also works. If you want to twiddle a boobie or leave a buzzer under the bung, that works too. Head to Grafham and start catching some fish!

Forthcoming events
Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perch mania 12 & 13 June
Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 4 May 2021

Fish week 1,251 Returns 145 Rod average 8.7
With a total of 1,251 fish caught this week there can be no doubt that Grafham is not only fishing well, but truly the water to be on at this time of year! The boat anglers have been catching fish from various areas across the reservoir. During the mid-week session when the temperature was warmer the south shore has proven to fish well when the anglers have been using lures stripped quickly, on sinking lines, humungus and perch patterns have been working well, usually on the drift if the wind allows.

If you prefer the traditional style of fishing head anywhere from the Hedge End along to G marker. Small green buzzers fished static under a bung has worked well along with washing lines used loch style. If you can’t contain yourself from twiddling the line back then use a hares ear or a boobie retrieved figure of eight style.

The north shore has been fishing well from the bank so long as the wind is not too strong, you are well advised to use a small buzzer once again fished static, don’t be afraid to allow it to sink. Remember we are here to help so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Forthcoming events
Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May

Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perchmania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 27 April 2021


Fish week 1,193 Returns 195 Rod average 6.1
With a total of 1,193 fish caught this week there can be no doubt that Grafham is producing outstanding sport. The boat anglers have been catching fish from various areas across the reservoir in warm and bright sunny conditions. The Seat and Gaynes Cove were producing high numbers of fish. A 5lb Rainbow was spooned and the stomach contained half a dozen little perch fry. One angler anchored up at 2pm and only stopped when his ‘arm ached from catching too many fish!’

One happy angler wrote an account of his successful day at Grafham “Hi there, I caught a beautiful 5lb 6oz Brown from G buoy. This was the best of 9 fish I caught on a blustery day. Two of the rainbows were almost 4lb. I’m happy to say that the brown went back safely, it was stunning and fin perfect caught on a Di 5 with a small black snake with a neon lime green head. All fish wanted to chase! A great day and excellent fish!”

It’s great to hear about your catches or tales so please do share these with our rangers who will be more than happy to include your experiences in our weekly reports.

The bank anglers have been catching well from the harbour arms, using lures moved fast or if you prefer the traditional methods on a small green buzzer fished static has been very effective on both the south and north shores.

Please remember the team at Grafham are here to help so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our lodges are now open in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone.

Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

Forthcoming events
Evening boat league commences 11 May – 
please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May

Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perchmania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 20 April 2021


Fish week 686 Returns 99 Rod average 6.9

Anglers are continuing to enjoy some fantastic fishing at Grafham Water. One season ticket holder managed to catch 22 fish in one sitting from the dam wall at the beginning of the week. Boat anglers have also been enjoying good sport with one day ticket angler anchoring in Gaynes Cove and catching and releasing 30 trout that were all safely returned to fight for another day.

All in all Gaynes Cove is fishing the best for the boat anglers. It is holding a lot of overwintered fish; all of these are hard fighting and aggressive fish providing superb sport. The bay from the fishing lodge to the Sailing Club has been producing the goods for the determined angler willing to stake his bets and stick it out to the end of the day.

For both bank and boat anglers try either floating line fished washing line style with buzzer, hares ear, cruncher, muskins or diawl bach.  Or for something different try a Di3 with black lures or damsels with a figure of eight retrieve, most fish have been taking in the hang.

Our lodges are now open in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone.

Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

Forthcoming events
Evening boat league commences 11 May – 
please ask at the lodge for more details
Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May

Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
Perchmania 12 & 13 June

Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 13 April 2020

Fish week 1,197 Returns 243 week rod average 4.9
Grafham fished well this week with nearly 1,200 fish being caught including some nice overwintered fish, with a rod average of 4.9. Grafham fished better on the warmer days last week and harder on the cold days.

Best boat areas were all the points along the north shore, with Hedge End, Deep Water Point and Pylon being the hot spots. With the weather being mostly cold the fish have been sitting a little deeper and a Di 3 down to Di 7, pulling lures and snakes has accounted for a lot of fish. For the anglers who prefer a quieter approach getting close in and fishing shrimp, hare’s ear and buzzer has worked. Please remember to give bank anglers plenty of room if you want to fish close in.

Best bank areas have been the north end of the Dam, G mark, deep water and Pylon Point in a northerly wind. Floating line with hare’s ear, shrimp, buzzer and blood worm all working well. In a southerly or south westerly the harbour arms have produced some bigger fish and the Seat will fish well. Plummer seems to be a bit quiet currently, but expect that to improve as the weather warms up. The south end of the dam is as consistent as ever.

As the weather warms up look for the buzzer hatches and fish where there is bird activity. Whatever the birds are taking off the top the trout will be below them feeding as well.

From Monday 12 April we are opening our lodges in a Covid secure manner for tackle sales. Boat bookings can now be made over the phone and we will take your name and phone number and payment will be taken at the lodge on the day you fish. Customers can also now leave boat booking requests on the answer phone.

Whilst in and around the lodges please observe queueing mechanisms and signage and remember whilst onsite to follow the latest government Covid guidelines.

Best boat areas: All points on the north shore.

Best bank areas: The dam, G, the Willows, the Seat.

Fish stocked: 12,500 in total.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e Tuesday 6 April 2021

What a fantastic start to the new season at Grafham Water with a whopping 7 fish rod average and an average fish weight of 3lb. One angler fishing from a boat on a day ticket caught and released 57 fish on Opening Day, with many others enjoying catches well into double figures. If we can take anything positive from the recent Lockdown it is the extended break which has resulted in the fish being well and truly up for it.

The north end of the dam wall was the place to be for bank anglers on Opening Day, with anglers catching up to 20 fish in one sitting. One of our rangers caught a number of good Rainbows with a 5lb Brown finishing the session off in style. The Harbour Arms have also been producing good fish so long as the wind is in the angler’s favour.

Boat fishing has produced some surprises. On Opening Day, rather than being dotted along the north shore and around G marker, the boats were finding the fish in Sanctuary Bay and by the entrance of Savages Creek. The fish have been caught 6 feet and deeper under the surface.

Similar methods work for both the bank and boat anglers. Lures and snakes allow them to reach the depth required and pull back quickly. If this doesn’t bring the fish to the hook then try hares ear on a size 16 hook fished static slowly across the wind.

Boat bookings (and payment for boats up to 11 April) are being taken over the phone by the lodges. Based on the Covid ‘road map’ we anticipate our lodges opening to customers from 12 April.

Our season tickets are also available to purchase.

The lodges are open for telephone callers 7 days a week 8am to 5pm.