Grafham Fishing Reports

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.